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 (CBAs) and make them publicly available. In September 2007, responsibility for continued CBA collection and maintenance was officially transferred within the U.S. Department of Labor from the BLS to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) in the Employment Standards Administration (ESA).

In 2003, the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives entered into a donation agreement with the BLS, for the complete historical collection of the BLS Collective Bargaining Agreements File which was then housed at the National Archives and Records Administration. The agreement was updated when collecting responsibility moved to the OLMS, and CBAs are now routinely transferred from that office to the Kheel Center roughly 5 years after their expiration date. For more information on the full historical BLS contract collection, please contact the Kheel Center.

A spreadsheet listing the BLS contracts previously made available on DigitalCommons@ILR and their metadata can be found here. For information about collective bargaining agreements, see our guide Labor Unions and the Internet, Collective Bargaining Agreements.

These collective bargaining agreements were digitized with generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s Digitizing Historical Records Grant, 2014-2016. In each case, the best available original was selected for digitization. In a few cases original pages are difficult to read, partially cut off, or missing.

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