On the formation, history, and activities of the Board, see United States Department
of Labor, The Termination Report of the National War Labor Board ( Washington, D.C., 1947) and George W. Taylor, Government Regulation of Industrial Relations ( New York, 1948), Chapter 4.
See "The Wartime Industry-Labor Conference of December 17-23, 1941" in Termination Report, Volume 2, Appendix K-3, p. 1038.
Taylor, Government Regulation of Industrial Relations, p. 196.
See especially, "Dissenting Opinion of the Employer Members of the National
War Labor Board, Humble Oil Case, April 1, 1944," Termination Report, Volume 2,
See Labor-Management Charter adopted March 28, 1945 subscribed to by
, president of the A. F. of L.,
Philip Murray, president of C.I.O., and
Eric Johnston, president of the United States Chamber of Commerce reproduced in the American Federation of Labor News Service, April 3, 1945; Third Quarterly Report of the Director
of War Mobilization and Reconversion, June 30, 1945, H. Doc. No. 250, 79th Cong. 1
Sess.; C.I.O. News, August 20, 1945; New York Times, September 4, 1945. See also "Address at the Opening Session of the Labor-Management Conference, November 5,
1945," The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1945
( Washington, D.C., 1961), p. 460.
"Statement by the President Proposing Measures to Insure Industrial Peace in the
Reconversion Period, August 16, 1945," Truman Papers, 1945, p. 220.
E. O. 9599, 10 F. R. 10155.
"Special message to the Congress Presenting a Twenty-one Point Program for the
Reconversion Period, September 6, 1945." Truman Papers, 1945, pp. 263-309.
See Problems and Policies of Dispute Settlement and Wage Stabilization During
World War II,
United States Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics Bulletin,
E. O. 9617, 10 F. R. 11929. The actual transfer of the Board was preceded by a
rather lengthy dispute between the Secretary and the Board. See "Was the Labor Crisis
Necessary?", The Saturday Evening Post, January 26, 1946; George W. Taylor, "Voluntarism in Wartime Labor Relations," The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle, University of Pennsylvania General Alumni Society, April 1946; "Board Statement of
Policy in Handling Dispute Cases, August 28, 1945," Termination Report, Volume 2,
The Labor-Management Conference assembled in Washington on November 5,
1945, over two and a half months after the President announced his intention to call it.
In contrast, the 1941 Conference assembled just nine days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.