This digital collection is provided by the Martin P. Catherwood Library, ILR School, Cornell University. The information provided is for noncommercial educational use only .

Beginning in 1947, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) acted under the mandate of the Taft-Hartley Act, also known as the Labor-Management Relations Act, to solicit collective bargaining agreements and make them available in a publicly accessible file. In September 2007, responsibility for maintenance of collective bargaining agreements and continued collection of these agreements was officially transferred within the U.S. Department of Labor, from the BLS to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the Employment Standards Administration (ESA). This transfer was a result of Secretary's Order 4-2007, which appeared in the Federal Register on May 8, 2007.

Collection of current contracts in digital format provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. Catherwood staff will be converting the scanned graphic images into PDF formats that are machine readable to allow for retrieval and searching of the full text documents; and assigning metadata elements to each contract.

A spreadsheet listing some of our BLS contracts and their respective metadata elements is also available.

For information on other collective bargaining agreements see our guide, Labor Unions and the Internet, Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Please note: The Kheel Center has entered into a donation agreement with the BLS for the complete historical collection of the BLS Collective Bargaining Agreements File, formerly housed at the National Archives and Records Administration, and such updates to those records as they become available. For more information on the historical BLS contract collection, please contact the Kheel Center.

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