Talking Union

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Political Science - 277 pages
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The United Auto Workers' Ford Local No. 600 was not only the biggest local union in the world, it was also one of the most militant, radical, yet democratic unions in the United States. Talking Union gives us the exceptional opportunity to hear members of this local tell about their activism as they experienced it. These rich, eloquent narratives show the dedication and bravery that went into reshaping class relations and greatly expanding the freedom of the "common people" in America.
 

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This is a compelling account of a historic struggle to unionize the biggest local union in the world. For anyone interested in labor history, it is a must-read (or hear, as Talking Union is now happily also available on audiobooks.com with a professional narrator telling the story).

Contents

Introduction
1
Highlights of Local 600s History
9
Working
27
The Depression
40
Coal Miners
48
Paternalism
52
Thugs Spies and Stoolies
60
Bill McKie and Walter Reuther
70
Rightwingers
168
Democracy
175
The Henry Wallace Campaign
195
Redhunt
200
Purge
212
Biographical Appendix
229
Methods Appendix
241
Notes
247

Organizing
80
Militancy
119
Black and White Unite
130
Reds
150
Works Cited
263
Index
269
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Page 266 - Local Union 1239, affiliated with the International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO).

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About the author (1996)

Judith Stepan-Norris is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

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