Sep 1, 2008

"Little Steel"

(LoC) - War Labor Board: "Little Steel" hearing. Lee Pressman, Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) counselor; Philip Murray, CIO president; and Harold Ruttenberg (speaking), research director, United Steel Workers (USW), at the "Little Steel" hearing held by the War Labor Board at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C., July 1.
The hearing arose from a wage dispute between union demands and four "Little Steel" companies: Bethlehem Steel, Republic Steel, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, and Inland Steel. The hearing resulted in a fifteen per cent wage increase formula, setting a precedent for future wage adjustments to meet recent increases in the cost of living.