Ruttenberg, Harold J.

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Harold J. Ruttenberg (1914- ) was research director for the Steel Workers Organizing Committee and the United Steelworkers of America, and an industrialist of Pittsburgh, Pa.

From the description of Harold J. Ruttenberg papers, 1933-1967 (bulk 1933-1963). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122489609

Harold J. Ruttenberg began his career working with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, which became the United Steelworkers of America (USW). He left his position as the chief economist and director of research for the USW and became an industrialist. He owned several companies, including Stardrill-Keystone Company, United States Steel and Wire and American Locker Group.

From the description of Harold J. Ruttenberg papers 1934-1998 [papers] (Historical Society of W Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 42026585

From the description of Harold J. Ruttenberg photographs 1940-1998 [photographs] (Historical Society of W Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 42026495

Harold J. Ruttenberg, labor leader and business executive, worked for the Pennsylvania Security League and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. He served as an investigator for the U.S. Senate Special Committee Investigating the Munitions Industry and was assigned to Federal Laboratories, a Pittsburgh-based company which provided munitions to various steel companies as well as to both warring factions in Cuba. He was active in the formation of the United Steel Workers Association (USWA) as it evolved from the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC). Ruttenberg was research director for SWOC and retained the position after SWOC became USWA in 1942. From 1942 until 1944, Ruttenberg served as assistant director of the steel division of the War Production Board in an effort to increase the steel supply for the benefit of the war effort. In1946, Ruttenberg resigned as research director for USWA and began his career as a business executive who was always active in labor/management issues. Ruttenberg died in Pittsburgh in 1998.

From the description of Papers of Harold J. Ruttenberg, 1932-1998. (University of Pittsburgh). WorldCat record id: 50200264

Mr. Ruttenberg was born in St. Paul and grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania, received a bachelor's degree in 1935 from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to hold posts as regional research director for the Pittsburgh area of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, and research director of the United Steelworkers of America from its formation in 1938, on leave to serve as assistant director of the steel division of the War Production Board during World War II . From 1944 to 1946, he was chairman of the wage research committee of the Committee of Industrial Organizations (CIO), while still research director for the steelworkers. He was a close associate of Philip Murray, president of the CIO from 1940 and the steelworkers' union from 1942. In his years with the union, Mr. Ruttenberg developed a thorough working knowledge of steel industry employment and wage statistics. Ruttenberg was a determined proponent of a policy to tie steelworkers' wages to productivity. When that policy was not implemented, he left the union in 1946, hired by financier Cyrus Eaton to be an executive of the Portsmouth Steel Company. After three years in management there, Mr. Ruttenberg was successively, president and/or chairman of five other companies. Lee Pressman (1906-1969) was an American attorney and activist who worked for Federal government agencies and labor unions. In 1950 he declared his role in the Ware group of Communist-led government employees.

From the description of Oral history interview with Harold J. Ruttenberg about Lee Pressman, 1989 July 16. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 272392825

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referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Letter, 1959, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Harold J. Ruttenberg papers, 1933-1967 (bulk 1933-1963). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Golden, Clinton S. (Clinton Strong), 1888-1961. Clinton S. Golden papers, 1858-1961 (bulk 1933-1961). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Ruttenberg, Harold J. Harold J. Ruttenberg photographs 1940-1998 [photographs] Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Papers of Harold J. Ruttenberg, 1932-1998. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Harold J. Ruttenberg papers 1934-1998 [papers] Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
referencedIn Ruttenberg, Harold J. Harold J. Ruttenberg papers 1934-1998 [papers] Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
referencedIn Brubaker, Otis Franklin, 1913-2004. Otis Brubaker papers, 1945-1983. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Fritz J. Roethlisberger papers, 1918-1974 Baker Library, Harvard Business School
referencedIn United Steelworkers of America. District 36. United Steelworkers of America, District 36 records, 1931-1948. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Harold J. Ruttenberg photographs 1940-1998 [photographs] Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ruttenberg, Harold J. Oral history interview with Harold J. Ruttenberg about Lee Pressman, 1989 July 16. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Scanlon, Joseph N. (Joseph Norbert), 1899-1956. Papers of Joseph N. Scanlon, 1940-1964. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Acme Fishing Tool Co. (Parkersburg, W. Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith American Locker Group (Jamestown, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith American Voting Machine Co. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Automated Voting Machines (AVM)/American Locker Group. corporateBody
associatedWith AVM Corporation (Pittsburgh, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Batista y Zaldívar, Fulgencio, 1901-1973. person
associatedWith Brubaker, Otis Franklin, 1913-2004. person
associatedWith Caliguiri, Richard. person
associatedWith Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Federal Laboratories. corporateBody
correspondedWith Fritz J. Roethlisberger person
associatedWith Gall, Gilbert J. person
associatedWith Golden, Clinton S. (Clinton Strong), 1888-1961. person
associatedWith Grace, Eugene. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Humanation. corporateBody
associatedWith Humanations Associates (Pittsburgh, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Keystone Driller Co. (Beaver Falls, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith League of Women Shoppers. corporateBody
associatedWith Murray, Philip. 1886-1953. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Nye, Gerald P. (Gerald Prentice), 1892-1971. person
associatedWith Pennsylvania Security League. corporateBody
associatedWith Portsmouth Steel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Portsmouth Steel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Portsmouth Steel Corporation (Portsmouth, O.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pressman, Lee, 1906-1969. person
associatedWith Raushenbush, Stephen, b. 1896. person
associatedWith Rice, Charles Owen, 1908-2005. person
associatedWith Ruttenberg, Harold. person
associatedWith Ruttenberg, Katherine M. person
associatedWith Scanlon, Joseph N. (Joseph Norbert), 1899-1956. person
associatedWith Stardrill-Keystone. corporateBody
associatedWith Stardrill-Keystone Co. (Beaver Falls, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Steel Workers Organizing Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee to Investigate the Munitions Industry. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Labor Relations Board. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. War Production Board. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Wire and Steel Co. (Battle Creek, MI.) corporateBody
associatedWith United Steelworkers of America corporateBody
correspondedWith United Steelworkers of America. District 36. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Pittsburgh. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Michigan--Battle Creek
Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
United States
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Ohio--Portsmouth
New York--Jamestown
United States
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Management--Employee participation--History--20th century
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Labor unions--Organizing--History--20th century
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Art--Collectors and collecting
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Executives
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Wages--Iron and steel workers
Technological unemployment--Steel industry--History--20th century
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions
Steel industry and trade--History--20th century
Labor lawyers
Collective bargaining--Steel industry--History--20th century
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