The Union Makes Us Strong
Radical Unionism on the San Francisco Waterfront
By (author) David T. Wellman
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Union Makes Us Strong by David T. Wellman
Book DescriptionAmerican labour history is typically interpreted by scholars as a history of defeat. Hidden by this conventional wisdom are a handful of militant unions that did not follow the putative Congress of Industrial Organizations trajectory. Based on three years of ethnographic research, this book examines a union that organised itself to systematically challenge management's rule on the shopfloor: San Francisco's longshore union. American unionism looks quite different than conventional wisdom suggests when everyday union practices are observed. American labour's trajectory, this book argues, is neither inevitable nor determined; militant, democratic forms of unionism are possible in the United States; and collective bargaining does not automatically eliminate contests for workplace control. The contract is a bargain that reflects and reproduces fundamental disagreement; it states how production and conflict will proceed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521629683
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David T. Wellman
Union Makes Us Strong, Hardback (January 1995)
This book challenges the notion that American labour history is a history of defeat and accommodation.
Portraits of White Racism, Paperback (September 1993)» View all books by David T. Wellman
First published in 1977, this book advanced a distinctively sociological theory of racism. In this revised edition the theoretical perspective is updated.
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