The Center maintains two research collections, a labor law library and a labor history archive.
Materials in these collections are for use at the Center only and will not be loaned out. However,
a copy machine is available and materials (within reason) may be duplicated there at no cost to
To access the labor history archive an appointment must be arranged in advance with Dr. Puette
[call 689-2760]. First time or inexperienced users of the labor law library are advised
to make an advance appointment as well so that CLEAR staff can instruct the user on the proper
use of the indices and files.
Download CLEAR Archive Access Rules.
Regrettably, while the UHWO campus is closed to the public during this pandemic, the CLEAR Archive and other collections may be accessed only by UH students, faculty and staff with valid UH IDs, by appointment with the CLEAR director
, following UHWO safety protocols."
CLEAR Archive & Law Library
CLEAR also maintains article files on a wide variety of
labor-management issues. CLEAR staff can preview the topical index to these articles which are
culled from the local papers, the National Law
Journal and many other sources.
Union Density Statistics: State by State Comparisons
CLEAR Hawaiʻi Labor History Archive
||The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association selected CLEAR's Labor History Archive as the 2016 winner of RUSA's John Sessions Memorial Award, sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, to recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.|
The labor history archive contains clipping files on each local union in Hawaiʻi as well as an
ever-growing collection of contracts, union newsletters, books and pamphlets focusing on
Hawaiʻi's labor history.
Among the most highly prized components of this collection are:
The research files of renowned scholars John Reinecke and Edward Beechert
The Honolulu Record - see also online version, in progress.
The correspondence file of the Hawai‘i office of the AFL-CIO from 1940 to 1982.
The files of the Honolulu Central Labor Council
Complete Arbitration Decisions of Hawai‘i's foremost Labor Arbitrator, Ted Tsukiyama.
Production files and tapes from our Special Research Projects:
The Great Hawaii Dock Strike
1946: The Great Hawaii Sugar Strike
The authors' notes and research files for CLEAR's publications:
Edward Beechert's Aupuni i La‘au: A History of Hawai‘i's
Union, Local 745 (1993)
William Puette's The Hilo Massacre: Hawaii's Bloody Monday
August 1st, 1938 (1988)
Bernard Stern's Rutledge Unionism: Labor Relations in the
Transit Industry (1986) and The Aloha Trade: Labor Relations
in Hawaii's Hotel Industry 1941-1987 (1989)
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