9780415121231

Shopfloor Matters: Labor - Management Relations in 20th Century American Manufacturing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415121231

  • ISBN10:

    041512123X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-11-06
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The success of Japanese manufacturing has frequently been explained by its innovations in work organization and industrial relations at the plant level. Conversely, it is widely argued that Western countries struggle to introduce more flexible ways of working because of a prior history of industrial conflict. This book argues for a more nuanced view of US labor history. Two views of employment relations dominate: a liberal one, emphasizing mutually-advantageous institutions reforms, and a Marxist one, emphasizing conflict. Despite the differences between these two, both are necessary to understand the evolution of shopfloor relations.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
ix(2)
Acknowledgements xi
INTRODUCTION 1(16)
A brief account of Shopfloor Matters 4(6)
The contributions of Shopfloor Matters 10(7)
1 FROM EXIT TO VOICE IN SHOPFLOOR GOVERNANCE
17(30)
The period of worker exits
19(3)
The transition from exit to voice
22(10)
The period of worker voice
32(13)
Conclusion
45(2)
2 THE AMOSKEAG PLAN OF REPRESENTATION
47(10)
3 THE RISE OF AN EMPOWERED SHOPFLOOR VOICE
57(32)
Shopfloor setbacks during the early depression years
57(5)
The search for an empowered shopfloor voice
62(13)
The attainment of an empowered shopfloor voice
75(13)
Conclusion
88(1)
4 LABOR-MANAGEMENT DISPUTES IN MEAT PACKING, 1936-41
89(10)
5 INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND DECLINE IN WORKERS' SHOPFLOOR POWER
99(40)
World War II and workers' shopfloor power
100(3)
The period of fractional bargaining
103(9)
The transition to shopfloor contractualism
112(8)
The period of shopfloor contractualism
120(7)
Postwar shopfloor governance and shopfloor outcomes
127(11)
Conclusion
138(1)
6 POSTWAR COLLECTIVE-BARGAINING AGREEMENTS
139(7)
7 CONTEMPORARY EXPERIMENTS WITH NEW SYSTEMS OF SHOPFLOOR GOVERNANCE
146(22)
The recent employer experiments in shopfloor governance
147(12)
Productivity and safety under lean production
159(8)
Conclusion
167(1)
8 A VISIT TO SATURN
168(7)
9 THE FUTURE OF US SHOPFLOOR GOVERNANCE
175(16)
Cooperation, productive efficiency, shopfloor power, and lean production
176(2)
The German works-council system
178(7)
Works councils and the future of US shopfloor governance
185(4)
Conclusion
189(2)
Appendix tables 191(7)
Data appendix 198(6)
Notes 204(15)
Bibliography 219(11)
Index 230

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