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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower halts a 1957 labor strike against a nuclear arms manufacturer

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Eisenhower halts a 1957 labor strike against a nuclear arms manufacturer

DS as president, signed “Dwight D. Eisenhower,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, May 14, 1957. Ike appoints George S. Bradley of Toledo, Ohio, to a Board of Inquiry. In part: “In accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order of May 14, 1957, issued by virtue of the authority vested in me by…the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947…you are hereby appointed as a member of the Board of Inquiry created to inquire into the issues involved in the labor-management dispute which exists between the Goodyear Atomic Corporation and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, Local 10689, at the Portsmouth, Ohio, plant of that Company.” Elaborately cloth-matted and framed with a presidential portrait and two descriptive plaques to an overall size of 31 x 21. In fine condition, with some light toning and faint foxing.

With this appointment, Ike tried to settle a strike launched a few days earlier by union workers and the Portsmouth chemical plant. The Cold War was raging in 1957, with nuclear armament a critical part of the president’s national security plan. As the aforementioned Ohio plant was one of only three facilities in the country to produce a vital uranium component used for nuclear weapons, the Eisenhower Administration saw a strike as harming America’s safety. With the union and the company divided on such issues as seniority, benefits, and pay increases and voting to strike, Eisenhower authorized an 80-day federal injunction, appointing individuals like Bradley to rectify the matter. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.

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