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J. Thomas Rimer arbitration files

Identifier: L1989-11

Scope and Content of the Files

The arbitration files, 1977-1987, involve cases assigned to Mr. Rimer by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. The cases concern employee disputes between employers and the union representing the employee. Cases in the files include disputes over lost wages, being overlooked for promotions, and wrongful terminations. Nearly all of the cases were between unions and companies in the southeast region of the United States.

The material, dated 1977-1987, include the official documents for each case, including correspondence from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, "Employer/Union Appearance Forms", the official "Opinion and Award," Mr. Rimer's fee statements and general correspondence regarding each case.


  • Creation: 1977-1987


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of J. Thomas Rimer

J. Thomas Rimer (1910-1988) earned both his B.A. degree and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He began working for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1935. In 1941 he went to work for the Universal-Cyclops Steel Corporation, where he represented the company in collective bargaining, He started service as a part-time arbitrator during World War II, during which time he continued to work full time in the steel industry. After the war, he served on the Pittsburgh area panel that arbitrated disputes between the United Mine Workers' Union and the National Labor Relations Board, while still employed with the Universal-Cyclops Steel Corporation.

He rose to vice-president of the company and, in 1961, was selected as a representative in a multiemployer, multi-union bargaining where he negotiated and administered agreements among 16 glass container companies which, combined, employed 60,000 workers. Mr. Rimer began full-time arbitration practice in 1973. He was a member of the American Arbitration Association.


7.5 Linear Feet (in 15 boxes)

Language of Materials



J. Thomas Rimer (1910-1988) was an arbitrator and lawyer. The collection consists of arbitration files involving cases assigned by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. The cases concerned employee disputes between employers and the union representing the employee.


The files retain their original order

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Crane, May 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Staff at the file level.

J. Thomas Rimer:
A Guide to His Arbitration Files at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
April 2002
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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