Dear Ms. Demers,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
According to “When the World Seemed New: UE Local 301 and the Decline of the American Labor Movement” and “A Brief History of UE Bargaining with GE” there were no strikes at the plant during World War II. The first strike after the war was in 1946.
We searched online and located IUE-CWA Local 301 Records, 1939-2001, Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records, 1921-1988, and Helen Quirini Papers, 1898-2010 at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York. The Museum of Innovation and Science has archival collections relating to General Electric. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and General Electric may be able to assist you with additional records of their respective institutions.
See the Schenectady Digital History Archive and Schenectady County History and Genealogy Research Help for local and state history resources.
The Library of Congress’ website Chronicling America provides free access to some historic newspapers and information about locating additional papers. Also, many newspaper articles are available through various subscription online newspaper archives.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!