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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.17. Issue Files -- Labor, 1986 - 1992

+ Series I.C.17. -- Scope and Content Note
+ Series I.C.17. -- Contents List

Extent: 1 linear ft.

Boxes: 45 - 46

Contents: Legislation, correspondence, news clippings, "Dear Colleague" letters, testimonies, publications, reports.

Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic.


Carper with members of the U.S. Steel Workers Union, n.d.
The Labor subseries includes files on issues ranging from farm worker disputes, to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reform legislation, to unemployment compensation and insurance reform. The majority of the files concern improvement of health and safety conditions for workers, generally in factory and construction industries. Several files relate to Unemployment Insurance and Compensation Reform legislation. Reform efforts concentrated on extending disability benefits and streamlining administration of unemployment benefits, lessening the amount of time individuals had to wait to begin receiving compensation. Testimony in the OSHA files regarding a factory fire in North Carolina in September of 1991 is particularly poignant, as are the testimonies relating to the displaced timber industry workers in the Construction Safety, Health and Education Improvement Act files.

Davis-Bacon Reform centered on the issue of preventing itinerant, cheap labor from coming into a region to take the place of the local work force, mostly in construction projects. Opponents saw this legislation as racist; proponents perceived it as preserving community economic well-being by keeping jobs in the community for its inhabitants. There are a few files on unions and labor as the topic relates to women and children. Striker Replacement Legislation provides insight to spirited argument both for and against the bill, both by members of Congress and industry. Even though Carper was a co-sponsor for this bill, H.R. 5, the files contain many letters from companies and congressional peers who were opposed to this legislation.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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