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Steel Industry Wage Bureau records

Creation: 1931-2002 Creation: Majority of material found within 1945-2000
Accession: 2273


The records of the Steel Industry Wage Bureau document the process of establishing wage rates and job descriptions in the U.S. steel industry.


  • Creation: 1931-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1945-2000



21 Linear Feet

Historical Note

The Steel Industry Wage Bureau began as the Cooperative Wage Bureau (CWB). CWB was an unincorporated association, which did its business under the management of American Associated Consultants, Inc., located in New York City. All receipts, disbursements and taxes were handled in the name of American Associated Consultants, Inc., and CWB was operated as a division of that corporation through an agency-consulting basis. This structural organization existed from March 2, 1948 to December 31, 1976. The termination of the CWB as a part of American Associated Consultants, Inc. was done to obtain the benefits of the Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation Law, and to obtain complete independence of operation for the new corporation.

In December 1976 CWB filed incorporation papers as a non-profit corporation, renaming the organization as the Steel Industry Wage Bureau. The corporation was located in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Steel Industry Wage Bureau assumed effective January 1, 1977 the functions performed and services rendered by American Associated Consultants, Inc. The Bureau's by-laws described the organization's purposes as: a) to maintain up-to-date files and data concerning all job descriptions and classifications established for jobs in the plants of the corporation's members; b) to keep said members informed of all information concerning job descriptions and classifications affecting the metal producing, fabricating and manufacturing industry and to take such action with respect thereto as may be deemed necessary to promote the general welfare of the industry; and c) to engage in research and study with respect to job description and classification procedures and related areas of study of interest to the said industry in order to develop progressive employment standards beneficial to the industry and otherwise to promote research in employment technology.

Due to declining membership, in the fall of 2000 the Steel Industry Wage Bureau proposed merging into the American Iron and Steel Institute's Employee Relations Committee, as a sub-committee. The merger was pursued during 2001, and on September 30, 2001 the Steel Industry Wage Bureau closed its Monroeville office and moved into the Steel Recycling Institute office assuming a merger with the American Iron and Steel Institute was imminent. However, on October 22, 2001 the SIWB was notified that the AISI would be unable to effect a merger as continuing financial hardships within the industry were forcing personnel reductions and other related cost cutting measures at AISI. At a special Board of Directors meeting, the decision was made to permanently close the Bureau. The final business actions, performed in the spring of 2002, included providing the active membership with copies of the Bureau's Standard Title and Code Handbook and a set of CD-ROMs containing 20,000 Job Descriptions and Classifications, and disposing of remaining financial assets by refunding the previous year's dues to member companies.

Scope and Content

The records of the Steel Industry Wage Bureau document the process of establishing wage rates and job descriptions in the U.S. steel industry. They show both wage trends and the extreme division of labor in the industry.

The collection includes by-laws, board meetings and board dockets, and annual membership meetings. There are also lists of officers and member companies, administrative files, seminars, special projects, historical data and memos, and manuals. There are also files for job descriptions and classifications. The job descriptions and classifications are grouped into series for Mining, Titanium and Fabrication; job descriptions sorted by company; secondary job descriptions, sorted by code; and standard job descriptions and classifications, sorted by code.

Access Restrictions

25-year time seal from the date of creation due to privacy/security reasons.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA