The Betrayal of Local 14

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Cornell University Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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International Paper, the richest paper company and largest landowner in the United States, enjoyed record profits and gave large bonuses to executives in 1987, that same year the company demanded that employees take a substantial paycut, sacrifice hundreds of jobs, and forego their Christmas holiday. At the Adroscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, twelve hundred workers responded by going on strike from June 1987 to October 1988. Local union members mobilized an army of volunteers but International Paper brought in permanent replacement workers and the strike was ultimately lost. Julius G. Getman tells the story of that strike and its implications a story of a community changing under pressure; of surprising leaders, strategists, and orators emerging; of lifelong friendships destroyed and new bonds forged. At a time when the role of organized labor is in transition, Getman suggests, this strike has particular significance. He documents the early negotiations, the battle for public opinion, the heroic efforts to maintain solidarity, and the local union's sense of betrayal by its national leadership. With exceptional richness in perspective, Getman includes the memories and informed speculations of union stalwarts, managers, and workers, including those who crossed the picket line, and shows the damage years later to the individuals, the community, and the mill. He demonstrates the law's bias, the company's undervaluing of employees, and the international union's excessive concern with internal politics."
  

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The giant International Paper has dominated the life of Jay, ME, for generations. The Jay workforce--many of them the grandchildren of papermakers--operated a mill that ran around-the-clock every day ... Read full review

Contents

The Paperworkers
3
Welcome sign in Jay Maine
6
The Traditional Model
10
Dennis Couture and Roland Samson
13
Chapters The End of the Traditional Model
16
Bill Meserve
18
The Environment Becomes an Issue
25
PART n THE SUMMER OF 1987
31
Strikers at Wednesday meeting singing Solidarity Forever
91
Ray Pineau
94
Using the Law
97
The Corporate Campaign
123
Ray Rogers and Tex Wilson at Wednesday meeting
126
Rally in Boston Bill Meserve Sondra Lucarelli and Felix Jacques
129
IP on the Defensive
138
Chlorine dioxide spill above the mill
139

The Strike Begins
41
Peter Kellman
43
Violence and the Picket Line
47
Failure to Expand the Pool
55
The Struggle for Public Opinion
65
Replacements Crossovers and Supervisors
71
Local 14 Changes
76
RuthLebel
77
Bill Meserve and Louise Parker
78
PART HI THE FALL OF 1987
89
Strikers rejecting contract postLouisville by throwing proposals in the air
153
The Convention
162
2 Explaining the Defeat
181
The Struggle Ends
201
Conclusion Of Loyalty and Betrayal
216
Notes
231
Relations between Local 14 and the International 105
237
Note on Sources
247
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About the author (1999)

Julius Getman is the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Professor at the University of Texas Law School, Austin.

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