UAW Politics in the Cold War Era

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SUNY Press, 1988 - Business & Economics - 361 pages
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This is the first book-length study of the triumph of the Reuther caucus over the Thomas-Addes-Leonard coalition in the United Auto Workers union. The dramatic defeat of the left-center coalition had far reaching significance. It helped to determine the shape of postwar labor relations, the direction of postwar liberalism, and the fate of the left.

Based on manuscript sources, oral histories, and quantitative analyses of convention roll calls, UAW Politics in the Cold War Era places this union conflict in a national political context of postwar economic conflicts, the cold war, and the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act. Halpern offers a fresh point of view on the character of the two contending coalitions and the reasons for the Reuther triumph. His work is a valuable contribution to the current reassessment of the domestic politics of the early cold war years.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Chapter Three The UAW and Reconversion
37
Chapter Seven The Characteristics of
121
Chapter Ten Defeat at AllisChalmers
173
Chapter Twelve Shop Floor Issues and Labor Relations
195
Coleman Young
211
Chapter Fifteen The Reuther Caucus Wins Control
223
Chapter Sixteen The Consequences of the Reuther Victory
237
Chapter Seventeen The Cold War and
265
Abbreviations
271
Bibliography
337
Index
349
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Martin Halpern has published articles in Labor History and The Michigan Historical Review.

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