Guide to the Lockheed Labor Relations Collection, 1942-1946

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Lockheed Labor Relations Collection
Dates: 1942-1946
Identification: URB/LLR
Creator: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Physical Description: 2.84 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: The Lockheed Labor Relations Collection documents aspects of the Southern California Aircraft Industry's involvement with the National War Labor Board during World War II. The collection provides a historical summary of the West Coast Airframe Committee, as well as wage rates and job classification standards.

Historical Note:

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation is an aerospace development company known since 1995 as Lockheed Martin. The history of the company dates back to 1912 with the establishment of the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company in San Francisco. It was renamed the Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company in 1916 and relocated to Santa Barbara. In 1926 the company moved to Hollywood and changed its name to the Lockheed Aircraft Company, then relocated to Burbank in 1928. The company changed names again in 1932 and became the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
In 1943 the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation organized a secret division of engineers under the direction of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson to develop the first American jet fighter for the U.S. Army's Air Tactical Service Command. The covert team adopted the code name "Skonk Works," after the dilapidated factory in Al Capp's comic strip, Li'l Abner. The division has operated under different names throughout the years, including the Lockheed Advanced Development Company, Lockheed Advanced Development Projects, and Lockheed Advanced Development Programs; today it is known officially as Skunk Works and is owned by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
As an aircraft company, Lockheed's labor and wage issues fell under the jurisdiction of the National War Labor Board during World War II. In an effort to standardize California aircraft plants, the National War Labor Board created the West Coast Airframe Committee, which included the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and was responsible for carrying out the board's directive orders. In 1946, the National War Labor Board was discontinued and labor-arbitration duties returned to the National Labor Relations Board.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Holli Teltoe, 2015

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Scope and Contents

The Lockheed Labor Relations Collection documents aspects of the Southern California Aircraft Industry's involvement with the National War Labor Board during World War II. The collection provides a historical summary of the West Coast Airframe Committee, as well as wage rates and job classification standards.
The West Coast Airframe Companies included: Boeing Aircraft Company, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Douglas Aircraft Company, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, North American Aviation Incorporated, Northrop Aircraft Incorporated, Ryan Aeronautical Company, Vega Aircraft Corporation, and Vultee Aircraft Incorporated.
The labor unions involved included: the International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO); the National Union, United Aircraft Welders of America; and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
The collection consists of directive orders and rulings of the National War Labor Board, correspondence, post-hearing briefs, case number briefs, union applications and petitions, and transcripts of proceedings before the board's West Coast Airframe Committee. The records are arranged alphabetically.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Applications of West Coast Airframe Companies Orders, 1943-1946

Box 1, Folder 2

Brief of Southern California Aircraft Industry Committee, 1944 August 15

Box 1, Folder 3

Case No. 13-375-D: Southern California Aircraft Industry, et al, and United Automobile Workers, et al., 1944 November 22

Box 1, Folder 4

Copies of National War Labor Board Ruling of 1945 May 14 Extending Ruling of 1945 March 3

Box 1, Folder 5

Directive Applied to Dallas Official File, 1945 March 2

Box 1, Folder 6

Directive Clause Relative to Beginners Applied to T and O Employees, Official File, 1945 March 2

Box 1, Folder 7

Directive Order Official Copy, 1943 March 3

Box 1, Folder 8

Directive Order (Watkins Panel) Official File, 1945 March 2

Box 1, Folder 9

Executive Bulletin No. 50, 1943 April 1

Box 1, Folder 10

Exhibits Presented by Truck Drivers Union, Local 208

Box 1, Folder 11

Form 10 Application - Official File, Engineering Draftsman and Research Lab. Analyst, 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 12

Form 10 Exhibits - Mercer's Office

Box 1, Folder 13

General Offer No. 31: Wage and Salary Rate Schedules, 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 14

IAM Aircraft Admitted Official Exhibits

Box 1, Folder 15

IAM Aircraft Admitted Official Exhibits, 1944 July 18

Box 2, Folder 1

Labor's Monthly Survey, American Federation of Labor, August 1944

Box 2, Folder 2

Master - Application to WCAC for Adjustment of Duties in Applying WCAC Orders to Dallas Base, 1943

Box 2, Folder 3

Mercer, S.R. - CIO, Department 90-64, 1943

Box 2, Folder 4

Mercer, S.R. - CIO, Department 90-64, 1943

Box 2, Folder 5

Mercer, S.R. - CIO, Department 90-64, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 6

Mercer, S.R. - CIO, Department 90-64, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 7

Mercer, S.R. - CIO, Department 90-64, 1943-1944

Box 2, Folder 8

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 9

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 10

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 11

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 12

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 13

Mercer, S.R. - IAM, 1944

Box 2, Folder 14

National War Labor Board Directive Order No. 31, 1943-1945

Box 3, Folder 1

National War Labor Board Directive Order Reports, 1942-1943

Box 3, Folder 2

National War Labor Board Directive Order Reports, 1943

Box 3, Folder 3

National War Labor Board Manual of Decisions

Box 3, Folder 4

National War Labor Board, Verbatim Transcript: Executive Session - Division A, 1945 January 10, 11

Box 3, Folder 5

Post Hearing Brief for the Unions, 1944 August 1

Box 3, Folder 6

Watkins Panel Hearing Briefs and Reports, ca. 1942

Box 3, Folder 7

Watkins Panel Hearing Briefs and Reports, ca. 1942

Box 3, Folder 8

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 4

Box 3, Folder 9

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 5

Box 3, Folder 10

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 11

Box 3, Folder 11

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 12

Box 4, Folder 1

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 13

Box 4, Folder 2

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 14

Box 4, Folder 3

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 18

Box 4, Folder 4

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 23

Box 4, Folder 5

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 24

Box 4, Folder 6

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 February 25

Box 4, Folder 7

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 4

Box 4, Folder 8

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 5

Box 4, Folder 9

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 6

Box 4, Folder 10

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 11

Box 4, Folder 11

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 12

Box 4, Folder 12

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 17

Box 5, Folder 1

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 18

Box 5, Folder 2

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 19

Box 5, Folder 3

West Coast Airframe Companies, and United Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 24

Box 5, Folder 4

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 25

Box 5, Folder 5

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 March 26

Box 5, Folder 6

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 7

Box 5, Folder 7

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 13, 14

Box 5, Folder 8

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 20

Box 5, Folder 9

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 21

Box 5, Folder 10

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 27

Box 5, Folder 11

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 28

Box 5, Folder 12

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 May 29

Box 5, Folder 13

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 3

Box 5, Folder 14

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 4

Box 6, Folder 1

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 5

Box 6, Folder 2

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 10

Box 6, Folder 3

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 11

Box 6, Folder 4

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 17

Box 6, Folder 5

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 21

Box 6, Folder 6

West Coast Airframe Companies, and Automobile Workers, et al, before the National War Labor Board, 1944 June 22

Box 6, Folder 7

Wilson, R. D., Union Petitions, 1943

Box 6, Folder 8

Wilson, R. D., Union Petitions, 1943

Box 6, Folder 9

Wilson, R. D., Union Petitions, 1943-1944

Box 6, Folder 10

Wilson, R. D., Union Petitions, 1944

Flat File Cabinet 1, Folder 1

Directive Applied to Dallas Official File, 1945 March 2

Flat File Cabinet 1, Folder 2

Master Application to WCAC for Adjustment of Duties in Applying WCAC Orders to Dallas Base, 1943

Flat File Cabinet 1, Folder 3

Mercer, S. R. - CIO Department 90-64, 1943

Flat File Cabinet 1, Folder 4

Wilson, R. D. - Union Petitions, 1944