Now showing items 1-20 of 277

    • UE Local 277's Strike at Morse Cutting Tool 

      Swinney, Dan (1982-09-01)
      [Excerpt] In the Spring of 1982, a small local union took on a conglomerate giant and won. What initially appeared as a battle over concessions at Morse Cutting Tool, a subsidiary of Gulf+Western in New Bedford, Massachusetts, ...
    • Investment & Strategy at Morse Cutting Tool 

      (ICA), Industrial Cooperative Association (1982-09-01)
      [Excerpt] Local #277 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America contracted with the ICA for a preliminary assessment of the long term viability of Morse Cutting Tools. The union had become alarmed by ...
    • Gulf + Western: A Model of Conglomerate Disinvestment 

      Harrison, Bennett (1982-09-01)
      [Excerpt] Historically, the great majority of businesses in this industry have been small, and locally (often family) owned. Sometimes a skilled machinist leaves one firm to set up a new one, with a small bank loan and ...
    • Interview With Janet Saglio 

      Unknown author (1982-09-01)
      [Excerpt] Janet Saglio is head of the Business Department at the Industrial Cooperative Association (ICA) based in Somerville, Mass. The ICA works with union locals that are: a) considering an employee buy-out, or b) seeking ...
    • Steel: Past the Crossroads 

      DuBois, Tom (1983)
      [Excerpt] A majority of the 154,532 steelworkers who are presently laid off will never go back to work. They will be shut out of the steel industry because the steel companies have a new game plan. They plan to increase ...
    • Would Wage Concessions Help the Steel Industry? 

      Metzgar, Jack (1983)
      [Excerpt]The American steel industry is dying. 150,000 steelworkers are laid off, and thousands of them will never work in steel again. The steel companies will report losses of some $2 billion for 1982, and Wall Street ...
    • Concessions at South Works: What Price a Rail Mill? 

      Bensman, David (1983)
      [Excerpt] Things are grim in South Chicago. Two years ago, Wisconsin Steel went bankrupt, leaving 4,000 steelworkers without jobs, pension plans, and their last paycheck. Then Pullman Standard closed, after United Steelworkers ...
    • Lackawanna & Johnstown: Shutdowns, Steel Towns and the Union 

      Metzgar, Jack (1983)
      [Excerpt] On December 27, 1982, Bethlehem announced that it was all over for Lackawanna. Ironically, this was greeted with a sigh of relief in Johnstown. Ever since 1965 when Bethlehem built a multi-billion dollar greenfield ...
    • The End of Affirmative Action? Work Rule Concessions at South Works 

      Alexander, Steve (1983)
      [Excerpt] The recent Rail Mill Manning Agreement between U.S. Steel South Works and Local 65 of the United Steelworkers of America changed both the local and Basic Labor Agreements. This paper will demonstrate the adverse ...
    • Job Combinations and Speed-up in Steel 

      Bensman, David (1983)
      [Excerpt] The Rail Mill Manning Agreement at South works in not unique. Reducing labor costs by combining jobs is a key part of the steel companies' strategy for regaining profitability. MCLR has conducted a survey of five ...
    • Concessions Rejected 

      Inland Steel, East Chicago, Indiana, USWA Local 1010 Steelworker (1983)
      [Excerpt] On November 19, steelworkers came within 90 votes of making giveaways worth as much as $6 billion dollars to the basic steel industry. By a vote of 231-141 the Presidents who make up the Basic Steel Industry ...
    • Comment on Jobs and Profits in Steel 

      Shattuck, Dennis (1983)
      [Excerpt]As Tom DuBois and Jack Metzgar point out in their articles, the American steelworker is approaching an important crossroads. In the next decade, the enormous changes the steel industry started in the late seventies ...
    • Some Notes on Labor Costs 

      Rosenberg, Sam; Dubois, Tom (1983)
      [Excerpt] In the past year the steel companies have mounted a tremendous publicity campaign to get the public to believe that labor costs are at the root of the industry's problems. No aspect of the companies' argument ...
    • Organizing the Unemployed - Baltimore 

      Brooks, Keith (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] Depression level unemployment has given rise to the biggest upsurge in organizing activity amongst the unemployed since the 1930's. While the level of the current movement is clearly not the same as during those ...
    • Democracy and Bureaucracy in the USWA 

      Balanoff, Jim; Balanoff, Betty (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] America's labor movement is on the ropes, struggling for survival. Many of its leaders seem uncertain which way to turn, whom to trust or what to do to secure that survival. When they talk about organizing the ...
    • Documenting the Social Cost of Unemployment 

      Swinney, Dan (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] In the commercial press, unemployment figures, are frequently cited and there are periodic human interest stories about the unemployed. But rarely are the causes of plant closings analyzed and linked to the ...
    • Child of Steel 

      Massaro, Anthony (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] After several months of thinking about what is happening to the working class, particularly the steel industry and the whole system of labor, this poem came to me. I drive by Homestead Mill every morning to get ...
    • Eminent Domain & Bank Boycotts: The Tri-State Strategy in Pittsburgh 

      Stout, Mike (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] American steel corporations are currently in the process of cutting as much as 20 to 25 per cent of their productive capacity, much of it in the Pittsburgh area. With U.S. Steel's recent move to buy steel slabs ...
    • The Revitilization of Organized Labor in Youngstown 

      Russo, John (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] From the Little Steel strikes of the 1930's to the industrial strike at General Motor's Lordstown complex in the early 1970's, organized labor in the Youngstown area has been a force to be reckoned with in its ...
    • Concessions Bargaining in Auto 

      Slaughter, Jane (1983-06-01)
      [Excerpt] David Bensman's "Concessions at South Works" in the Winter issue of Labor Research Review was an excellent recounting and analysis of the concessions process at United Steel workers Local 65. However, it misrepresents ...