United States. Commission on Industrial Relations

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The Commission on Industrial Relations was established in the wake of mounting conflict and violence in American labor relations and especially as a result of the dynamiting in 1910 of the Los Angeles Times building by two labor union officials. The Commission was composed of nine members representing employers, employees, and the public.

From the description of U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations records, 1912-1915 (inclusive), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122556211

The Commission on Industrial Relations was established in the wake of mounting conflict and violence in American labor relations and especially as a result of the dynamiting in 1910 of the Los Angeles Times building by two labor union officials. The Commission was composed of nine members representing employers, employees, and the public. Its duty was to study the labor relations situation in the U.S., discover the causes of dissatisfaction in the industrial situation and report its conclusions to Congress.

From the description of Reports, 1912-1915. [microform] (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203799

The Commission on Industrial Relations was established by Act of Congress on August 23, 1912. The Commission's charge was to "inquire into the general condition of labor in the principal industries of the United States, including agriculture, and especially in those which are carried on in corporate forms ...; into the growth of associations of employers and of wage earners and the effect of such associations upon the relations between employers and employees ..." among other duties.

Professor George E. Barnett of Johns Hopkins University and Leo Wolman, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins, were hired by the Commission to investigate several matters relating to union membership and the specific nature of several collective bargaining agreements. Dr. Wolman later went on to become a professor of economics specializing in labor and industrial relations at Columbia University.

From the description of Commission on Industrial Relations special agents' files, 1908-1931, bulk, 1914-1931. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64755603

The commission itself was established in the wake of mounting conflict and violence in American labor relations and especially as a result of the dynamiting in 1910 of the Los Angeles Times Building by two labor union officials.

In 1911, soon after confessions were rendered in the Tiimes bombing, a group of persons, predominantly social reformers connected with the Survey magazine, petitioned President William Howard Taft to create a federal commission to study industrial relations in the U.S.

In response to the President's call to Congress in the Sate of the Union message of 1912, Congress established, in August of that year, a tripartite Commission on Industrial Relations composed of nine members representing employers, employees, and the public.

From the description of United States Commission on Industrial Relations, 1912-1915. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64039307

The Commission on Industrial Relations was established by Act of Congress on August 23, 1912. The Commission's charge was to "inquire into the general condition of labor in the principal industries of the United States, including agriculture, and especially in those which are carried on in corporate forms ...; into the growth of associations of employers and of wage earners and the effect of such associations upon the relations between employers and employees ..." among other duties.

Professor George E. Barnett of Johns Hopkins University and Leo Wolman, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins, were hired by the Commission to investigate several matters relating to union membership and the specific nature of several collective bargaining agreements. Dr. Wolman later went on to become a professor of economics specializing in labor and industrial relations at Columbia University.

From the guide to the Commission on Industrial Relations special agents' files, 1908-1931 [bulk 1914-1931]., (Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library)

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referencedIn American Association for Labor Legislation. Series 1, Subseries 2, part c. Correspondence (N-W), 1910-1915. [microform] Cornell University Library
creatorOf United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations records, 1912-1915 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. Reports of the United States Commission on Industrial Relations, 1912-1915 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Commission on Industrial Relations special agents' files, 1908-1931 [bulk 1914-1931]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
creatorOf United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. Commission on Industrial Relations special agents' files, 1908-1931, bulk, 1914-1931. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Commons, John R. (John Rogers), 1862-1945. John R. Commons papers, 1832-2005 (bulk 1894-1938). Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Witte, Edwin Emil, 1887-. Injunctions in labor disputes, 1915. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Weinstock, Harris. Harris Weinstock papers, 1878-1922. Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Rabbi Morris Goldstein Library
creatorOf United States Commission on Industrial Relations. Reports, 1912-1915. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Harriman, Florence Jaffray, 1870-1967. Florence Jaffray Hurst Harriman papers, 1857-1982 (bulk 1910-1960). Library of Congress
referencedIn John C. Kennedy papers, 1912-1938 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. Reports, 1912-1915. [microform] Cornell University Library
creatorOf United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. Records, 1912-15. [microform]. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Emerson, Harrington, 1853-1931. Harrington Emerson papers, 1848-1931. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Executive Dept. Office of Vice President Samuel Rea. Records, 1866-1916 (bulk 1905-1912). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn McCarthy, Charles, 1873-1921. Papers, 1889, 1906-1931. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Weinstock, Harris. Harris Weinstock papers, 1878-1922. Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Rabbi Morris Goldstein Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman correspondence, 1911-1929, 1914-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Florence Jaffray Hurst Harriman Papers, 1857-1982, (bulk 1910-1960) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn Edwin E. Witte reports and articles, 1914-1960. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Witte, Edwin E. (Edwin Emil), 1887-1960. Edwin E. Witte reports and articles, 1914-1960. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith American Association for Labor Legislation. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith Barnett, George Ernest, 1873-1938. person
associatedWith Commons, John R. (John Rogers), 1862-1945. person
associatedWith Emerson, Harrington, 1853-1931. person
associatedWith Harriman, Florence Jaffray, 1870-1967. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John C. (John Curtis), b. 1884- person
associatedWith Leiserson, William M. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Charles, 1873-1921. person
associatedWith National Founders Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Executive Dept. Office of Vice President Samuel Rea. corporateBody
associatedWith San Francisco Labor Council. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Commission on Industrial Relations. Division of Research and Investigation. corporateBody
associatedWith Weinstock, Harris. person
associatedWith Witte, Edwin E. person
associatedWith Witte, Edwin E. (Edwin Emil), 1887-1960. person
associatedWith Wolman, Leo, 1890- person
associatedWith Wolman, Leo, 1890-1961. person
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United States
United States
United States
United States
California--San Francisco
Subject
Labor unions--Membership
Labor disputes
Industrial relations
Governmental investigations
Independent unions--Membership
Industrial relations--Research
Labor unions--Statistics
Trade-unions--United States--Membership
Labor unions
Independent unions--United States--Membership
Occupational surveys
Trade-unions--United States--Statistics
Working class
Industrial relations--United States
Labor and laboring classes
Industrial relations--Research--United States
Trade-unions--California--San Francisco
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