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George W. Taylor Papers

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George W. Taylor was born in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1901. He attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1921 and a Ph.D. in 1929.

Taylor taught at Wharton for over 30 years. During that time, he became an influential expert in the field of industrial relations, including arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. Taylor first received major acclaim when he mediated an end to the Apex Hosiery Strike in Philadelphia in 1932. A career advocate of improved labor standards, Taylor orchestrated the passage in 1967, of the Public Employees Fair Employment Law, which is commonly known as "the Taylor Law." The law defines the rights of union members in the State of New York.

Taylor died in 1972.

The George W. Taylor Papers, 1921-1970, consists of correspondence, trade negotiations, laws, agreements and studies surrounding the hosiery labor industry in the early to mid 20th century. The collection also contains files pertaining to memo series, decision series, and umpire decisions pertaining to the hosiery industry. Taylor's original file names have been largely retained.

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  1. Agreements
  2. American Federation of Hosiery Workers Convention
  3. Correspondence
  4. Condon-Wadlin Act
  5. Decisions
  6. Hosiery Statistics
  7. Memorandum Series
  8. Negotiations
  9. Public Employees' Fair Employment Act
  10. Rates Files
  11. "Settled Without Decision" Series
  12. Taylor Law
  13. Subject Files
  14. Publications

Transferred from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, circa 1976.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

The Agreements series consists of records relating to the National Labor Agreement, Keystone Agreement, Uniform Labor Agreement, New Agreement, and others between the Full-Fashioned Hosiery Industry and the American Federation of Hosiery Workers. These agreements were created in response to mediative bargaining between union workers and the hosiery industry. The material dates from 1938 to 1951.

Supplementary Agreements with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1938-1939.
Box 1 Folder 1
Articles of Agreement between Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufactures and American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1941.
Box 1 Folder 2
Keystone Agreement, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 3
National Labor Agreement - Full Fashioned Hosiery Industry, 1943-1949.
Box 1 Folder 4-6
Uniform Labor Agreement - Full Fashioned Hosiery Industry, 1947-1949.
Box 1 Folder 7
New Agreement - Hosiery Industry, 1949.
Box 1 Folder 8
National Labor Agreement - Full Fashioned Hosiery Industry, 1949-1951.
Box 1 Folder 9-10
National Labor Agreement, 1951.
Box 1 Folder 11
American Federation of Hosiery Workers Convention, 1941-1955.
Scope and Contents

The American Federation of Hosiery Workers Convention series contains includes addresses given by William Simkin and George Taylor and related records. The years represented are 1941, 1942, 1953, and 1955.

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence Files series contains copies of letters between the American Federation of Hosiery Workers, the Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufacturers Association, and various labor mediators, including William Simkin. They range in date from 1942 to 1961.

General Correspondence, 1957-1958.
Box 2 Folder 6
Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufactures of America, 1942, 1952.
Box 2 Folder 4
American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1942-1961.
Box 2 Folder 5
William Simkin, 1959.
Box 2 Folder 7

Scope and Contents

The Condon-Wadlin Act series contains an article reexaming the act, 1965, and staff study papers about the act, undated.

"ILR Research: the Condon-Wadlin Act Re-examined", 1965.
Box 2 Folder 8
"History of the Condon-Wadlin Law & Its Application to Public Employees", 1960's.
Box 2 Folder 9
Decisions, 1931-1964.
Box 11 Folder 1-4 Box 2 Folder 10-13 Box 3-10
Scope and Contents

The Decisions series, 1931-1964, consists of decisions made by an impartial chairman on labor disputes between the hosiery industry, union mills, and union workers. The series contains copies of case decisions, correspondence between plaintiffs, defendants, and the impartial chairmen, and personal notes on the cases, hearings, and decisions.

The Decisions series contains cataloged decisions from AA-1 to AA-46, E-1 to E-77, ER-7 to ER-14, F-1 to F-25, G-1 to G-46, H-1 to H-58, J-1 to J-8, K-1 to K-56, L-1 to L-33, M-1 to M-10, N-1 to N-47, O-1 to O-22, P-1 to P-5, Q-1 to Q-5, S-1 to S-27, S-100 to S-426, SA-1 to SA-94, U-1 to U-23, V-1 to V-22, W-1 to W-34, X-1 to X-13, Y1 to Y30, and Z-1 to Z19.

Hosiery Statistics, 1942-1955.
Box 11 Folder 5-7
Scope and Contents

The Hosiery Statistics series is comprised of statistics from 1942-1946, 1951-1953, and 1954-1955 compiled by the National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers. These statistics cover production, shipments, stocks, retail sales, purchasing power, industrial activity, and exports.

Memorandum Series, 1932-1954.
Box 14 Folder 1-2 Box 12-13
Scope and Contents

The Memorandum series, 1932-1954, relates to decisions made by the impartial chairman regarding union claims, rates, union requests, and union protests. The files are comprised of handwritten notes of the chairman, correspondence between parties, and official memorandums. The records are filed from numbers 1-39, 80-114, 150-180, 220-249, 290-299, and 385-626.

Scope and Contents

The Negotiations series consists of files that cover trade negotiations between hosiery manufacturers and hosiery unions, insurance negotiations, and negotiations between various hosiery mills and the American Federation of Hosiery Workers. These files range in date from 1932 to 1960. The records contain actual agreements between parties, copies of the proceedings, and correspondence between parties.

Trade Negotiations between Hosiery Manufacturers and Hosiery Worker's Union, 1932, 1941-1943.
Box 14 Folder 3-4
Hosiery Manufacturers and Union Insurance Negotiations, 1943.
Box 14 Folder 5
Trade Negotiations between Hosiery Manufacturers and Hosiery Worker's Union, 1943-1945.
Box 14 Folder 6
Biennial Negotiations between Hosiery Manufacturers and Hosiery Workers' Union, 1945.
Box 14 Folder 7
Silk Rate Negotiations, 1947.
Box 14 Folder 8
Rodgers Hosiery Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1947-1955.
Box 14 Folder 9
Excello Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1948.
Box 14 Folder 10
Negotiations - Hosiery Industry, 1950.
Box 14 Folder 11
Oakbrook Hosiery Mills, Inc. - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1950.
Box 14 Folder 12-13
Gotham Hosiery Co. Inc. - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1950-1951.
Box 14 Folder 14
Pohatcong Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation Of Hosiery Workers, 1950-1951.
Box 14 Folder 15
Julius Kayser & Co. - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1950-1952.
Box 14 Folder 16
Excello Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1951.
Box 15 Folder 1
Negotiations Prior to Seward Tribunal, 1951.
Box 15 Folder 2
J.W. Landenberger and Co. - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1956.
Box 15 Folder 3
Magnet Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1951-1960.
Box 15 Folder 4
Valley Green Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1952.
Box 15 Folder 5
Hosiery Negotiations, 1953.
Box 15 Folder 6
Herbert Hosiery Co. - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1954.
Box 15 Folder 7
Phoenix Hosiery Company - Negotiations with American Federation Of Hosiery Workers, 1954.
Box 15 Folder 8
Strong - Wear Hosiery Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1955.
Box 15 Folder 9
Junior Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1954-1956.
Box 15 Folder 10
Marum Hosiery Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1958.
Box 15 Folder 11
West Orange Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1958-1959.
Box 15 Folder 12
Willard T. Tonner Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1959.
Box 15 Folder 13
Lastex Styles - Production Survey and Negotiations, 1940.
Box 15 Folder 14
Quakertown Silk Hosiery Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1941.
Box 15 Folder 15
Reading Dyeing Company - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1941.
Box 15 Folder 16
Negotiations - Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufacturers Association and American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1941-1942.
Box 15 Folder 17
Temple Full Fashion Hosiery Mills - Negotiations with American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1942.
Box 15 Folder 18
Raphael Feldin & Westchart Hosiery Mills, Inc & Henry Kahn, 1942-1960.
Box 15 Folder 19

Scope and Contents

The Public Employees' Fair Employment Act series, 1964-1968, contains the constitution and bylaws, procedures, and an officer's manual of the Civil Service Employees' Associations, copies of the New York State Court of Appeals decision regarding the Public Relations Employment Relations Board, and correspondence between Taylor and Robert Douglass, counsel to the Governor of the state of New York. The series also contains a draft of the proposed act.

Panel to Improve Bargaining Procedures Between NYC and City Employee Organizations, 1965-1966.
Box 15 Folder 20
NY State Public Relations Board: Appropriate Unit & Representation Issue, 1967.
Box 15 Folder 21
Establishment of Public Employment Relations Board / Procedure, 1967-1968.
Box 15 Folder 22
Civil Service Employees Association, 1964-1966.
Box 16 Folder 1
Civil Service Case, 1967-1968.
Box 16 Folder 2
Bill - Draft - Public Employee Relations Article 14 Civil Service Law - NY, 1967-1968.
Box 16 Folder 3

Scope and Contents

The Rates Files series, 1938-1953, consists of records relating to rates, rate changes, and style change rates of the various machine equipment used in the hosiery industry and union mills. The files contain published information on rates and personal hand calculations of rates by Taylor.

Rates, Rate Changes, 1938-1942.
Box 18 Folder 4
National Silk Hosiery Mills, Inc. - Single Unit Rates, 1941.
Box 18 Folder 5
Report of Sub-Committee on New Machine Rates, 1941.
Box 18 Folder 6
Conference - Manpower Problems, Backrack & Lessing Rates, Style Changes, 1942.
Box 18 Folder 7
Nylon Rates, 1945-1946.
Box 18 Folder 8
60-54-S1 Gauge 30 and 32 Section Rates, Stevens Letter, 1951.
Box 18 Folder 9
Wayne Knitting Mills - Knee-High Knitting Rates, 1952-1953.
Box 18 Folder 10

Scope and Contents

The Reports series contains four files including a handbook of decision principles of Taylor, an officer's report on the 41st Annual Convention of the American Federation of Hosiery Workers in 1953, a monograph written by Taylor with the Industrial Research Department at Penn and the National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers on changes in the hourly earnings of hosiery industry employees, and a bound manuscript on grievance arbitration written by Taylor.

Handbook of Decision Principles , 1947.
Box 18 Folder 11
Officers' Report, 41st Annual Convention, American Federation of Hosiery Workers, American Federation of Labor, 1953.
Box 19 Folder 1
Recent Changes in Hourly Earnings of Employees in the Hosiery Industry, 1936.
Box 19 Folder 2
Grievance Arbitration and the No-Strike Cause, Full Fashioned Hosiery Industry, 1929-1941.
Box 19 Folder 3
"Settled Without Decision" Series, 1932-1951.
Box 19 Folder 4-7 Box 20 Folder 1-3
Scope and Contents

The "Settled Without Decision" series, 1932-1951, contains copies of correspondence and reports relating to labor mediation cases that were settled without a decision from the impartial chairman. They are arranged by numbers SWD-1 to SWD-127 and SWD-1a to SWD-86a.

Scope and Contents

The Taylor Law series, 1968-1970, consists of newspaper clippings of the Kheel Report, a report on the Taylor by Kheel, copies of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board News, copies of the bill of the Taylor Law before New York State Assembly, and correspondence between Taylor and the chairman of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. The Taylor Law gives union employees the right to elect and organize their union representatives, defines the foundation for the Public Employees' Relations Board, and states the boundaries for public employers to negotiate and enter into agreement with public unions.

Theodore Kneel - Taylor Law, 1968.
Box 20 Folder 4
Revision of Taylor Law, 1969.
Box 20 Folder 5
Revision of Taylor Law - Effectuation of Provisions to Reconcile NY State Law by NYC Law, 1969.
Box 20 Folder 6
Legislative Hearings following Revision of Taylor Law, 1969-1970.
Box 20 Folder 7

Scope and Contents

The Subject Files series, 1928-1970, consists of time studies, wage tribunals, hosiery industry records regarding industry processes, and wage studies. There are also files containing records relating to industry employees and an article and statements made by labor mediation professionals about the hosiery industry field.

20th Century Task Force on Public Employees' Strikes - 41 East 70th St, NY, NY, 1969.
Box 20 Folder 8
Analysis, Report on Equipment, 1940.
Box 20 Folder 9
Apex Hosiery Co. - Backrack Time Study, 1941.
Box 20 Folder 10
Article - Head of American Federation of Hosiery Workers, Alexander McKeown, 1957.
Box 20 Folder 11
Backrack and Single Unit Knitters - Wage Study, 1941.
Box 20 Folder 12
Best Made Silk Hosiery Co. - Backrack Time Study, 1942.
Box 20 Folder 13
Coding - Wage Studies, 1928-1929.
Box 21 Folder 1
Commercial Yarn Counts, undated.
Box 21 Folder 2
Economic Development of the Hosiery Industry, 1939.
Box 21 Folder 3
Examining Methods used by Five Member concerns only, 1940-1942.
Box 21 Folder 4
Final Copy of Nylon Study, 1946.
Box 21 Folder 5
Folding and Boxing - Unaccepted Proposal Based on Stevens Time Study, 1949.
Box 21 Folder 6
General Statement - Promotion Policy Discussion, 1946.
Box 21 Folder 7
Gray Mending Summary, 1939.
Box 21 Folder 8
Hosiery Industry - Finished Mending, 1939.
Box 21 Folder 9
Hosiery Industry - Folding and Boxing, 1934-1936.
Box 21 Folder 10
Hosiery Industry Employees Pension Fund - Bankers Life, 1955-1957.
Box 21 Folder 11
Hosiery Industry Pension Plan, 1950-1951.
Box 21 Folder 12
Hosiery Lengths and Sizes - Commercial Standard CS 46-40, 1940.
Box 21 Folder 13
Materials Regarding Seaming, undated.
Box 21 Folder 14
Miscellaneous Workers, 1939.
Box 21 Folder 15
Mixed Cases R-1 to R-5, R-100 to R-110, KA-1 to KA-16, KB-1, SWD-1, 1934-1944.
Box 21 Folder 16
Moving, Conversion, and Furniture Expenses, 1947-1948.
Box 21 Folder 17
Need for and Procedures of Time Study Engineer, 1950.
Box 21 Folder 18
Negotiations for Wage Increase, 1942.
Box 21 Folder 19
News - Rockefeller and Taylor Telecast, 1966.
Box 21 Folder 20
NY State Public Employment Relations Board News, 1968-1970.
Box 21 Folder 21
Nylon - Needle and Sinker Machine Cleaning Study, 1946.
Box 21 Folder 22
Pre-Boarding Questionnaire, Decision V-18, 1948.
Box 21 Folder 23
Propper - McCallurn Hosiery Inc. - Backrack Time Study, 1944.
Box 21 Folder 24
Seamer Study, 1939.
Box 21 Folder 25
Seaming Study - Apex, 1938, 1940.
Box 21 Folder 26
Third Shift, 1946.
Box 22 Folder 1
Statements by Julian Goldberg, Raymond F. Leheney - American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1953.
Box 22 Folder 2
Substandard and Handicapped Workers, 1940-1941.
Box 22 Folder 3
Wage Analysis, 1942.
Box 22 Folder 4
Wage Structure - Hosiery, 1952.
Box 22 Folder 5
Wage Tribunal - Full Fashioned Hosiery Industry , 1951-1952.
Box 22 Folder 6
Wage Tribunal - Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufactures Association and American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1942.
Box 22 Folder 7
Wage Tribunal - Hosiery Industry, 1946, 1950.
Box 22 Folder 8-9
Wayne Knitting Mills, Inc. Time Study - Extended Legging Machines, 1949.
Box 22 Folder 10

Scope and Contents

The Publications series, 1929-1953, contains an index on decisions of the impartial chairman, a report on time standards by the American Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers and Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufacturers Association, and publications of earnings of hosiery workers in union mills. The series also contains a copy of the Hosiery Labor Agreement and time studies regarding machine conversions. Some of these volumes were written by Taylor, while others were part of his personal collection.

Full-Fashioned Hosiery Industry, Decisions of Impartial Chairman, Series A-K, 1929-1938.
Box 16 Folder 4
American Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers, Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufactures Association - Report of Committee on Time Standards, 1930.
Box 16 Folder 5
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1934, 1935.
Box 16 Folder 6
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills - Supplement, 1934, 1935.
Box 16 Folder 7
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1938.
Box 16 Folder 8
Earnings of Commercial Dyers & Furnishing Workers in Union Mills, 1939.
Box 16 Folder 9
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1939.
Box 16 Folder 10
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1941.
Box 17 Folder 1
Full-Fashioned Hosiery Industry National Labor Agreement, 1942-1943.
Box 17 Folder 2
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1943.
Box 17 Folder 3
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1945.
Box 17 Folder 4
Earnings of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers in Union Mills, 1947.
Box 17 Folder 5
51 Gauge - 32 Section Kalio, Proposal for Converting Old Rates to New 32 Section Formulas and Time Study Data, 1950.
Box 17 Folder 6
Basis for Knitting Rate Changes, Wage Tribunals, 1950.
Box 17 Folder 7
54 Gauge - 32 Section Extended Machines, Oakbrook, 1950.
Box 18 Folder 1
51 Gauge - 30 Section Non-run Howard Hosiery, 1951.
Box 18 Folder 2
Hosiery Labor Agreement, 1951-1953.
Box 18 Folder 3

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