The Governments central war agency was the War Industries Board
Primary responsibility was to allocate scarce materials, establish production priorities,
and set prices for this work
They like to persuade industries to comply with their wishes, however when the steel owners
refused to comply with price cuts the government threatened to take over their foundries and mills.
Some complained that this would hurt the U.S. economy system of free enterprise, but when
their profits soared many of these leaders stopped complaining.
With many of the nation’s men off at war American industries found themselves short
of labor workers.
As a result labor unions began to form and they demanded higher wages and other benefits,
they even when on strike to get their message across
1918 Wilson established the National War Labor Board, composed of representatives from Labor
This board heard and settled labor disputes between workers and employers, in most cases
ruling in favor of the workers
As a result of this membership in Labor union grew and by the end of the decade more than
15 percent of the nations nonagricultural workers belonged to unions
These increases helped created better workplace conditions and increase the workers voice.