How to Tell When You're Tired: A Brief Examination of Work

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Business & Economics - 188 pages
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There have been untold volumes published on the nature and necessity of work, but almost none of them written by the experts: the workers themselves. Until this book. Reg Theriault, for over thirty years a longshoreman on the San Francisco waterfront, finally gives voice to the thoughts and conditions of the laboring classes from the privileged point of view of a man well used to tough manual labor. With a humorous sense of balance - and a refreshing absence of working-class cant - he examines the real world of the workplace: the constant struggle for respect and autonomy, the perennial tendency of management to treat workers as merely one part of the production process, the parallel habit of unions to bargain away precisely the wrong things, the nature of bosses, the sheer grinding tedium and danger of moving heavy objects, and the sense of accomplishment gained from doing a piece of work right.
 

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As a person of the working class I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought the plight of workers was well documented and there was enough sarcastic humour to lighten the topic. The author is ... Read full review

How to tell when you're tired: a brief examination of work

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Theriault, a former migrant fruit picker and a longshoreman for 30 years, has written this humorous treatise on hard physical labor as a way of life. He gives voice to the thoughts and conditions of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
Three Decades on the Frisco
12
Genesis
15
Such Were the Joys
20
Now Were Just Going to Make a Few Changes
29
Here and There
31
Too Much Coffee Can Be Injurious to Your Health
39
Oh to Be Free Again
52
The Enchanted Hard Hat
75
Endangered Species?
86
Leveling the Playing Field
93
Bosses
105
My Company My Union My Gawd
118
Where We Are Now
165
SisyphussRock
179
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About the author (1997)

Reg Theriault's first job was nailing packing crates together during the California fruit harvest, followed by a long career as a fruit tramp in the western United States. Now retired from longshoring, he lives in San Francisco.

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