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Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990

Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990 (Paperback)

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The postwar period witnessed dramatic changes in the lives of

working-class families. Wages rose, working hours were reduced, women

and members of immigrant communities entered the labour market in

growing numbers, and pension plans and state social security measures

offered greater protection against unemployment, illness, and old age.

Existing studies of unions in the postwar period have focused above all

on national and international organizations, on the "postwar

settlement," including the impact of Fordism, and on the chiefly

economic issues surrounding collective bargaining. Relatively scant

attention has been paid to the role of the union local in daily

working-class experience.

In Our Union, Jason Russell argues that the union local, as an

institution of working-class organization, was a key agent for the

Canadian working class as it sought to create a new place for itself in

the decades following World War II. Using UAW/CAW Local 27, a composite

union in London, Ontario, as a case study, he offers a ground-level

look at union membership, including some of the social and political

agendas that informed union activities. Drawing on interviews with

former members of UAW/CAW Local 27 as well as on archival sources,

Russell offers a narrative intended to speak not only to labour

historians but to union members themselves.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyIndustrial relationsBusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyOccupational / industrial health & safetyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/12/2011 ISBN-13: 9781926836430  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jason Russell is assistant professor of labour studies at Empire State College, State University of New York.

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