Rescuing the Federation of Labour from the condescension of history / Peter Franks & Melanie Nolan -- Precursors to the second New Zealand Federation of Labour / Eric Olssen -- Predominance of support for moderate policy: The formation of the New Zealand Federation of Labour, 1937 / Peter Franks -- The tyranny of averages and the politics of indexing: The Walsh Years, 1937-63 / Melanie Nolan -- Troubled Times: 1967-88 / Raymond Markey -- Trade unionists recall the transition from the Federation of Labour to the Council of Trade Unions, 1987 / Ken Douglas, Syd Keepa, Martha Coleman, Mike Sweeney, Dave Morgan and Richard Hill.
Peter Franks is a mediator with the Department of Labour. He has worked for trade unions as a journalist, researcher, administrator and advocate, including the Clerical Workers Association, the Seamens Union and the Council of Trade Unions. He is a former secretary of the Trade Union History Project and is a committee member of the Labour History Project. He has published numerous articles on New Zealand labour history and is the author of Print and Politics (2001). Melanie Nolan is Professor of History, Director of the National Centre of Biography and General Editor of Australian Dictionary of Biography at the Australian National University. She taught New Zealand history at Victoria University of Wellington for 16 years, and is the author of Breadwinning: New Zealand Women and the State (2000) and Kin: A Collective Biography of a New Zealand Working-class Family (2005). She is a member of the editorial boards of Labour History and the Labour History Review.