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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

March 2009

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: I am a reference librarian...I am trying to help a patron locate the hourly wage of a member of the Teamsters in 1963. Can you help me?

Answer: Thank you for your inquiry about Teamster wages. However, I don’t think we can come up with an answer without more specific information.

Teamsters work in a variety of industries and in a variety of jobs.  The Catherwood Library has a large collection (paper) of historical collective bargaining agreements housed in the Kheel Center Archives, and described in documents that can be retrieved here. (Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on headings that start with United States. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Collective Bargaining Agreements.) Several Teamster contracts are included. Sometimes, but not always, collective bargaining agreements include wage rates. If you need more information about a particular contract, please contact the Kheel Center.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) used to analyze collective bargaining agreements, and publish analyses in Bulletins and Reports. The Catherwood Library has made historical BLS publication catalogs available through DigitalCommons@ILR. If you find a relevant BLS publication, it will probably be available in U. S. Depository Libraries and via Interlibrary Loan.

The BLS also produced a periodical, Current Wage Developments, which reported on contract wage provisions. I have in hand the 1963 issues of that publication. They provide wage adjustments/increases by union for various Teamster collective bargaining agreements, but not the actual wages.

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— Researched by Susan LaCette