Duquesne and the Rise of Steel Unionism (November, 2001)
James D. Rose
"Not all workers' needs were served by the union. Focusing on the steel workers at Duquesne, Pennsylvania, a linchpin of the old Carnegie Steel company empire and then of U.S. Steel, James D. Rose demonstrates the pivotal role played by a nonunion form of employee representation usually dismissed as a flimsy front for management interests. The early New Deal set in motion two versions of workplace representation that battled for supremacy: company-sponsored employee representation plans (ERPs) and independent trade unionism. At Duquesne, the cause of the unskilled, hourly workers, mostly eastern and southern Europeans as well as blacks, was take up by the union--the Fort Dukane Lodge of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers. For skilled tonnage workers and skilled tradesmen, mainly U.S.-born and of northern and western European extraction, ERPs offered a better solution... A sophisticated study of the forces that shaped and responded to workers' interests, Duquesne and the Rise of Steel Unionism confirms that what people did on the shop floor was as critical to the course of steel unionism as were corporate decision making and shifts in government policy." [from the dust jacket]
Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 284 pages.
Call number: HD6515.I52 D87 2001