U.S. Labor Goes To War
"Production for war is based on men and women-- the human hands and brains which we collectively call Labor. Our workers stand ready to work long hours; to turn out more in a day's work; to keep the wheels turning and the fires burning twenty-four hours a day and seven day's a week. They realize well that on the speed and efficiency of their work depends the lives of their sons and their brothers on the fighting fronts."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 6, 1942
The National War Labor Board was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in early 1942. Its purpose was to prevent strikes and work stoppages that might cripple the war production effort in America. The National War Labor Board would act as an arbitrator or mediator in any labor-management dispute cases that arose.