The Union Makes Us Strong: Radical Unionism on the San Francisco Waterfront

  • Publish Date: 1997-08-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: David Wellman

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This book challenges the notion that American labor history is a history of defeated militant unionism. Focusing on the routine work practices and political culture of San Francisco's longshore union, it argues that collective bargaining does not eliminate contests over shopfloor control. The collectively bargained contract is shown to be a bargain that reflects and reproduces fundamental disagreement between management and labor. It creates the parameters within which production and conflict proceed.

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