United Brotherhood of Carpenters by Walter Galenson
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United Brotherhood of Carpenters
By Walter Galenson

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters

The First Hundred Years

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Format: Hardback

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters by Walter Galenson

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What makes American labor unions distinctive from others in advanced Western countries is neither as simple as their wanting more nor as philosophical as their operating in an open-class society. Through a comprehensive analysis of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters the largest union before the 1930s and the pioneer Walter Galenson details the reasons for the union's success. He finds that the Carpenters survived the vicissitudes of rapid industrialization and modernization because it was a conservative, business union.From its inception in 1881, the Carpenters' union embraced the capitalist system and worked to improve productivity. This resulted in a higher wage scale, greater leisure time, use of technology to stretch construction work over the winter months, increased fringe benefits, job security during jurisdictional disputes, and more than normal advances by minorities and blacks. Galenson's book is based on a vast sampling of archival materials, including union records, diaries, minutes of local and affiliate unions, and AFL and CIO primary sources. The author blends narrative with shrewd intuitive analysis to provide an indispensable source for labor and economic historians and students of labor movements."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674921962
ISBN-10: 0674921968
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 200mm x 26mm)
Pages: 454
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1984
Country of Publication: United States


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