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A union against unions : the Minneapolis Citizens Alliance and its fight against organized labor, 1903-1947

Author: William Millikan
Publisher: St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Minneapolis Citizens Alliance (CA) organized local employers with the goal of protecting member businesses from demands made by organized labor. Its story is a dramatic tale of the passionate, bitter struggle for control of the American workplace - and the lives of American workers." "This book offers a detailed portrait of the Minneapolis CA, which employed any means necessary to squelch the power of organized  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Millikan, William.
Union against unions.
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606588393
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Millikan
ISBN: 0873513983 9780873513982
OCLC Number: 45283124
Description: xxxi, 495 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: William Millikan.

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"The Minneapolis Citizens Alliance (CA) organized local employers with the goal of protecting member businesses from demands made by organized labor. Its story is a dramatic tale of the passionate, bitter struggle for control of the American workplace - and the lives of American workers." "This book offers a detailed portrait of the Minneapolis CA, which employed any means necessary to squelch the power of organized labor. The association blacklisted union workers, ran a spy network to ferret out union activity, and, when necessary, raised a private army to crush its opposition with brute force. The influence of the CA also reached across the state to battle socialists, labor unions, the Nonpartisan League, and the Industrial Workers of the World." "In this work, William Millikan explores the philosophies and tactics of the Citizens Alliance from its inception in 1903 to the passage of the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, legislation that effectively inhibited the power of unions. Based on meticulous archival research, this book delves into such subjects as the founding of the William Hood Dunwoody Industrial Institute; the 1917 Streetcar Strike and the 1934 Teamsters' Strike; and the CA's collaboration with the Commission of Public Safety, Northwest Bancorporation, the courts, and the military. Both a business history and a labor history, A Union Against Unions offers a comprehensive picture of the CA's campaign against organized labor and a view of Minneapolis history during the first half of the twentieth century."--Jacket.

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