Union Makes Us Strong by David T. Wellman
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Union Makes Us Strong
By David T. Wellman

The Union Makes Us Strong

Radical Unionism on the San Francisco Waterfront

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Union Makes Us Strong by David T. Wellman

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American 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521629683
ISBN-10: 0521629683
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 388
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Union Makes Us Strong by 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.

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