Subject: Business & Economics / Labor

Subject: Business & Economics / Labor

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The Emergence of a UAW Local, 1936–1939

|9780822984474|A Study in Class and Culture|Peter Friedlander documents the formation of a local United Automobile Workers union at a mid-sized parts factory during the turbulent 1930s. Blending oral history based on personal interviews with a keen analysis of the worker's class structure and widely varied cultural backgrounds, Freidlander describes the transformation of a working-class community by its own actions and the ensuing stratification and factionalizing within that union. The result is a firsthand account of the experience of unionization in personal and social terms.| Peter Friedlander|| Business & Economics / General Business & Economics / Labor History / United States…

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The Homestead Strike of 1892

|9780822953104|In 1893 Arthur Burgoyne, one of Pittsburgh’s most skilled and sensitive journalists, published Homestead, a complete history of the 1892 Homestead strike and the ensuing conflict between the Carnegie Steel Company and the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. Accurate, readable, and judiciously balanced in assigning blame, this work gives crucial insight into a turbulent period in Pittsburgh’s history.| Arthur Burgoyne|| Business & Economics / Labor History / General History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

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Steelmasters and Labor Reform, 1886-1923

|9780822985556|Gerald G. Eggert provides a fascinating inside view of top steel officials arguing their positions on various labor reforms—stock purchase plans, employer liability, employee representation, and elimination of the twelve-hour shift and seven-day work week, during the late eighteen and early nineteenth century.| Gerald G. Eggert|| Business & Economics / Labor History / General History / United States / 20th Century

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And the Wolf Finally Came

|9780822953982|The Decline and Fall of the American Steel Industry| • Choice 1988 Outstanding Academic Book • Named one of the Best Business Books of 1988 by USA TodayA veteran reporter of American labor analyzes the spectacular and tragic collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s. John Hoerr’s account of these events stretches from the industrywide barganing failures of 1982 to the crippling work stoppage at USX (U.S. Steel) in 1986-87. He interviewed scores of steelworkers, company managers at all levels, and union officials, and was present at many of the crucial events he describes. Using historical flashbacks to the…

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What’s a Coal Miner to Do?

|9780822985105|The Mechanization of Coal Mining|For more than one hundred years, until the 1920s, coal production involved blasting a seam of coal and loading it by had into a mine car. In the late 1920s, operators introduced machines into the mines, including the coal loader. In this book, Keith Dix explores the impact of technology on miners and operators during a crucial period in industrial history. Dix reconstructs the social, political, technical and economic environment of the “hand-loading” era and then views the evolution of mechanical coal technology, including the inventions of Joseph Joy. He also examines the rise of the…

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