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Trade Union Sponsorship of UK Labour Migration to the United States, 1850s to 1880s

Trade Union Sponsorship of UK Labour Migration to the United States, 1850s to 1880s (Hardback)

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This work examines the assisted migration of skilled craftsmen to and from North America during 1850-1885, the dates of societies' emigration schemes. The focus is on "New Model" unions; the Engineers, Carpenters, Steam Engine Makers and Iron Founders. Three of these unions had overseas branches; one did not. The book explores the significance of the introduction, development, use and eventual termination of these schemes for labour history. Emigration scheme research is limited, with little recent work published since 1955. This study offers solutions to conflicting views on the exact duration of the Founders' scheme and supplies evidence that the Engineers continued to fund members even after their scheme officially ended. It further argues that scheme-termination was led more by external factors (notably via Contract Labor Acts) than internal factors, and that the duration of the Founders' scheme related more to overseas branch absence than to fund shortage or ethos. The research provides new and supporting evidence of inter-society and government emigration co-operation.

It focuses on the under-studied topic of return migration, specifically union-funded return, with empirical evidence provided of union funded and non-funded emigrants and returnees. It adopts a range of socio-economic variables.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyIndustrial relationsHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesMigration, immigration & emigration Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Publication Date: 01/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9781495503634  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Stephen Murray is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Migration Policy Research and an Affiliate of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales, both at Swansea University in Wales. He was formerly Senior Lecturer at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, UK and has taught at universities, on a visiting basis, in Europe, the USA and Russia. He completed his Ph.D. in History from Warwick University, UK where his doctoral research was concerned with nineteenth-century trade unions sponsored migration from the UK to North America.

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