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Thomas R. Carper
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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,
Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic.
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.
Contents List for Series I.C.17. Issue Files--Labor
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citation and reference information
Thomas R. Carper
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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