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Author: Robert Asher; Ronald Edsforth; Stephen Merlino
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995.
Series: SUNY series in American labor history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Autowork focuses on the character of automobile work in the modern factory and the relationships between autoworkers, their union, and management from 1913 to the present. Two-thirds of the essays are devoted to the post-World War II period, which historians have not examined as extensively as the early years of the automobile industry. In these original essays, the experiences of assembly-line workers come alive as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Asher; Ronald Edsforth; Stephen Merlino
ISBN: 079142409X 9780791424094 0791424103 9780791424100
OCLC Number: 30518625
Description: viii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A half century of struggle : auto workers fighting for justice / Robert Asher and Ronald Edsforth --
Building for mass production : factory design and work process at the Ford Motor Company / Lindy Biggs --
The speedup : the focal point of workers' grievances, 1919-1941 / Ronald Edsforth and Robert Asher, with the assistance of Raymond Boryczka --
Auto workers at war : patriotism and protest in the American automobile industry, 1939-1945 / Kevin Boyle --
The 1949 Ford speedup strike and the post war social compact, 1946-1961 / Robert Asher --
Why automation didn't shorten the work week : the politics of work time in the automobile industry / Ronald Edsforth --
Auto workers, dissent, and the UAW : Detroit and Lordstown / Heather Ann Thompson --
Sabotage in an automobile assembly plant : worker voice on the shopfloor / Craig A. Zabala --
Restructuring the workplace : post-Fordism or return of the foreman? / Steve Babson.
Series Title: SUNY series in American labor history.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Asher and Ronald Edsforth with the assistance of Stephen Merlino.

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Autowork focuses on the character of automobile work in the modern factory and the relationships between autoworkers, their union, and management from 1913 to the present. Two-thirds of the essays are devoted to the post-World War II period, which historians have not examined as extensively as the early years of the automobile industry. In these original essays, the experiences of assembly-line workers come alive as never before. Using transcripts of governmental hearings, minutes of negotiations, records of arbitration proceedings, and articles in union newspapers, the authors present autoworkers' and union officials' descriptions of working conditions and the effect these conditions had on workers' health and home life. The essays analyze the dynamics of collective bargaining on important shop-floor issues such as safety, work pace, overtime, job assignments, and managerial discipline. Autowork demonstrates that many historians have underestimated the militancy and effectiveness of the United Automobile Workers of America.

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