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Class against Class, 1975


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Resource IDzerzan1975
Resource titleOrganized labor versus 'the revolt against work'
Author(s)John Zerzan
Publication/ sourceClass against Class
Date published 1975
Summary text/ abstractSerious commentators on the labor upheavals of the Depression years seem to agree that disturbances of all kinds, including the wave of sit-down strikes of 1936 and 1937, were caused by the 'speed-up' above all. Dissatisfaction among production workers with their new CIO unions set in early, however, mainly because the unions made no efforts to challenge management's right to establish whatever kind of work methods and working conditions they saw fit. The 1945 Trends in Collective Bargaining study noted that "by around 1940" the labor leader had joined the business leader as an object of "widespread cynicism" to the American employee. Later in the 1940s C. Wright Mills, in his The New Men of Power: Amenca's Labor Leaders, described the union's role thusly: "the integration of union with plant means that the union takes over much of the company's personnel work, becoming the discipline agent of the rank-and-flle."
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Neo-Luddism, Politics
Added to Free Range Library03/01/2016
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