William S. Cohen Papers | Senate Legislative
Materials related to Labor
MS 188.8.131.52 Labor 1986-1995 7 boxes
A number of labor-related issues are documented in this series, and
they include unemployment (particularly in Maine), extension of
unemployment benefits, striker replacement, and attempts to amend
and repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. Kelly Metcalf created most of these
files, with some contributions from Paulina Collins.
Files are arranged alphabetically. Significant legislation
represented here includes:
· The 1993 Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension
(EUC) (S. 382), designed to extend unemployment benefits by 20 to 26
weeks. H.R. 920 was passed in lieu of this bill, providing for this
· The Striker Replacement bill (S. 55), also introduced in 1993,
aimed at prohibiting employers from hiring permanent replacements
for striking workers.
· The Family and Medical Leave Act, enacted into law in August,
1993, entitled employees to take a certain amount of unpaid time off
from their jobs for family and medical reasons.
· An unsuccessful attempt to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act was made in
1995 (S. 141). The Davis-Bacon Act, created in the 1930s, requires
contractors on federally funded projects over $2,000 to pay locally
prevailing wages to workers.
· Material related to the controversial nomination of William Gould
to the National Labor Relations Board in 1994 may also be found
Records consist of memos from Kelly Metcalf and other assistants on
a number of labor-related issues, "Dear Colleague" letters, and
correspondence with the U.S. Department of Labor, labor
organizations, and Maine constituents. Labor-related memos may also
be found in the Education subseries.
Access to some of the records in this sub series is restricted until
2016. Consult the Special Collections Department for further
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