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Series 04: Labor Union Negotiation and Agreement Files, 1920-1969

Identifier: Case Pullman 06/01/04

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents note

In the 1920's, the Pullman Company formed company-wide occupation-based unions (Plan of Employee Representation) to thwart the outside union organization of its employees. This policy was abruptly terminated with the 1934 passage of the amended Railway Labor Act, which guaranteed workers free choice of union representation. From that date on, the company accepted outside unions and negotiated with those bodies to reach agreements governing working conditions, wages, hours, vacations, etc.

Plan of Employee Representation (1921-1934) and labor union (1920-1969) files.

Plan of Employee Representation files include booklets and manuals, final election and nominating election results, conference minutes, and agreements for barbers, clerks, porters and maids, and shops and yards workers. Labor union files contain agreement proposals, documentation, correspondence, drafts and working papers, agreements and memoranda of understanding, and rule interpretations. There are also union information files (1920's, primarily) and issues of The Sleeping Car Conductor, 1927-1940, The Messenger, 1925-1928, and Pullman Porter 's Review, 1925.

Labor union agreements are also located in Record Group 06/01/03, General Labor Files, Record Group 02/01/06, Secretary and Treasurer Contracts and Agreements (original signed copies), and Record Group 05/01/02 Operating Department Special Files.


  • 1920-1969

Conditions Governing Access

The Pullman Company Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Medical records and records of disciplinary action are closed for a period of fifty years after the creation of the record. Such records may be disclosed only to the named individual or his legal representative. Application and service files that may contain medical and disciplinary information will be reviewed and records removed before the files are supplied to a researcher.

Personnel records less than fifty years old and not specified in (1) above are open for research with the user's written assurance that information from the records will be used for statistical or summary purposes only and that no specific names or individually identifiable information will be disclosed. Such information may be revealed only if the individual or his legal representative agrees to its release, or if the individual is deceased.

Photocopies of open personnel records less than fifty years old are supplied only for the researcher's personal use and may not be reproduced. All copies must be destroyed or returned upon completion of work.

Arrangement note

Series organized with company union files preceding labor union files. Company union files organized into general and occupational categories, each arranged chronologically. Labor union files organized by occupation and then by union with information files preceding negotiation and agreement files, each arranged chronologically.

General Physical Description note

1 box and 31 record cartons


Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States