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Gabriel Alexander Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000921
The papers of Mr. Alexander reflect his work in both the government and private sector as it relates to the interaction between union and management.

Important subjects covered in this collection are: World War II Labor disputes; Collective Bargaining; Michigan PERA of 1965; The Southern Bell Strike, 1955; Public Employee Unions

Among the important correspondents are: G. Mennen Williams; George Romney; Louis C. Miriani; Russell A. Smith; J. Noble Braden; Mary Ellen Riordan

Series Description: Series I, Government Service Files, 1944-1968, Boxes 1-4: Correspondence, minutes, reports, memos, notes, opinion and award statements, notes, worksheets, drafts which document Mr. Alexander's role as hearing officer, public panel member, or advisor in labor matters of importance to state and federal government agencies. This series includes information on the National War Labor Board (NWLB) in labor disputes during World War II; the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, US Department of Labor, and its referral of Mr. Alexander to the Southern Bell Telephone and Telephone arbitration; collective bargaining, and the Michigan Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) of 1965.

Series II, Private Sector Case Files, 1948-1976, Boxes 5-9: Correspondence, reports, memos, opinion and award statements which document Gabriel Alexander's role as an arbitrator or referee in dispute cases. This series contains information on the American Arbitration Association's appointments of Mr. Alexander to dispute cases; joint union and company appointments of Gabriel Alexander to CIO industrial arbitration; the Detroit Police Officers Association (DPOA) and the City of Detroit arbitration; and Mr. Alexander's function as a member of the System Board of Adjustment between American Airlines and the Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Association.

Subseries A: American Arbitration Association Cases, 1948-1950, Box 5 Correspondence, opinion and award statements and other records which document Mr. Alexander's work as an appointed arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.

Subseries B: Joint Appointments, 1948-1956, Box 5 Correspondence, opinion and award statements and other materials which cover Gabriel Alexander's role as an arbitrator appointed by joint agreement between the company and the union to mediate CIO industrial disputes.

Dates

  • 1944 - 1976

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 MB)

Abstract

Attorney Gabriel Alexander served with the Region XI National War Labor Board and the National Wage Stabilization Board during World War II. In the private sector he served in the American Arbitration Association, and acted as arbitrator for cases such as General Motors and the UAW from 1948 to 1956, and as a permanent arbitrator for Great Lakes Steel-United Steelworkers. The papers of Mr. Alexander reflect his work in both the government and private sector as it relates to the interaction between union and management.

Part I contains government service files documenting Mr. Alexander's role as hearing officer, public panel member, or advisor in labor matters of importance to state and federal government agencies.

Part II contains private sector case files documenting Mr. Alexander's role as an arbitrator or referee in dispute cases.

History

Gabriel N. Alexander was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 1, 1910. A graduate of the University of Michigan and a practicing attorney, Mr. Alexander served with the Region XI National War Labor and the National Wage Stabilization Boards during World War II. During the decade after the war, the US Department of Labor referred the G.H.R. Foundry dispute and the Southern Bell strike settlements to him. In 1959, Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams appointed Gabriel Alexander to a task force on labor. Shortly after the Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) of 1965, Governor George Romney appointed Mr. Alexander to an advisory committee to determine what adjustments, if any, should be applied to the act to best serve both the public employee and the general public.

In the private sector, Mr. Alexander held various positions. From 1948 to 1950, he was appointed several times by the American Arbitration Association to hear dispute cases. He also acted as arbitrator for General Motors and the UAW from 1948 to 1956. During the years 1956-59 Mr. Alexander served as the umpire for Bower Roller Bearing-UAW arbitrations. He was permanent arbitrator for Great Lakes Steel-United Steelworkers; umpire for Swift and Co.-United Packinghouse workers; arbitrator, Bethlehem Steel-United Steelworkers. In 1962, he was appointed as an umpire to UAW-Chrysler matters. In 1971-72 Mr. Alexander was part of an arbitration panel hearing contractual issues between the Detroit Police Officers Association (DPOA) and the City of Detroit. Gabriel Alexander also served, from 1971-76, as a referee for the System Board of Adjustment between American Airlines and the Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Association, Transport Workers' Union of America (TWU), AFL-CIO.

Academically, Mr. Alexander has been an instructor and visiting lecturer of labor law and arbitration at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and the New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-9). Folders in series 1 are arranged alphabetically and folders in series 2 are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Series 2 is further arranged into 2 subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of Gabriel Alexander were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1981 by Mr. Alexander.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 1988.
Title
Guide to the Gabriel Alexander Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1988-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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