American Vanguard The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years 19351970

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John Barnard – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The struggles and victories of the UAW form an important chapter in the story of American democracy American Vanguard is the first and only history of the union available for both general and academic The struggles and victories of the UAW form The United ePUB ☆ an important American Vanguard PDF \ chapter in the story of American democracy American Vanguard is the Vanguard The United Kindle Ø first and only history of the union available for both general Vanguard The United Auto Workers PDF or and academic audiences In this thorough and engaging narrative John Barnard not only records the controversial issues tackled by the UAW but also lends them immediacy through details about the workers and their environments the leaders and the challenges that they faced outside and inside the organization and the vision that guided many of these activists Throughout Barnard traces the UAW's two fold goal to create an industrial democracy in the workplace and to pursue a social democratic agenda in the interest of the public at largePart one explores the obstacles to the UAW's organization including tensions between militant reformers and workers who feared for their jobs; ideological differences; racial and ethnic issues; and public attitudes toward unions By the outbreak of World War II however the union had succeeded in redistributing power on the shop floor in its members' favor Part two follows the union during Walter P Reuther's presidency During this time pioneering contracts brought a new standard of living and income security to the workers while an effort was made to move America toward a social democracy which met with mixed results during the civil rights decade Throughout Barnard presents balanced interpretations grounded in evidence while setting the UAW within the context of the history of the US auto industry and national politics. John Barnard's American Vanguard is a pretty straight forward chronological history of the United Auto Workers union funded partly by the UAW itself which means that Barnard is mostly uncritical of the Reuther faction He argued that the UAW was at the cutting edge of the labor movement building a middle class existence for its members and attempting to build an American social democracy even though it largely failed which critics point out that the UAW's internal democracy and attention to inter union racial justice lagged behind as it tolerated lack of black leadership and segregated locals in the South He painstakingly reconstructs each strike and action the UAW pulled off from its beginning as a rank n file worker to worker movement building on the previous experiences of unionism in the auto industry He plays plenty of attention to the growing factions in the UAW between Communists liberals Catholics socialists social democrats and business unionists He argues that at points the UAW seemed on the verge of being pushed out of auto plants because of the divisions and attacks by employers He notes Reuther's rise to leadership and problems within the union like hate strikes of white racists against black advancement and state department attacks even after the purges in the union While the pre Reuther years have much on the rank and file leadership they disappear from the narrative after Reuther comes to power and eliminates his rival factions becoming a story of his leadershipBarnard generally does not engage with the existing historiography and literature around the UAW and the Reuther administration He mainly argued that the UAW greatly advanced workers in the United States and acted with a much larger vision of itself as a union by projecting its power becoming an efficient collective bargaining and political lobbying organization to bring home gains for workers and pushing for social justice in larger society sponsoring a host of New Left and civil rights organizing though caught off balance by the Detroit 1967 riot and the pushback of young New Left activists against the UAW leadership Barnard also argued that the UAW did what it had to in order to gain ground during the conservative 1950s which I believe lets the Reuther administration off the hook too much as other scholars have argued Still this is a fabulously reached book and a good reference guide to understanding the history of the UAW which had a profound influence on American politics in the middle of the 20th century and continues to in some regards Excellent study of the UAW under Walter Reuther one of the most important labor leaders and a major figure during the 1960s when he did his best to keep the movement focused on broad areas of euity in contrast with elements in the movement that focused primarily on increasing the relative affluence of their membership Those aren't mutually exclusive but they create points of tension Barnard does an excellent job with the problems Reuther encountered during the Johnson administration when LBJ expected union support for Vietnam in return for his commitment to a progressive economic agenda Barnard does an absolutely first rate job with the internal dynamics of contracts the problems posed by skilled tradesmen in the same union as line workers for example I came out understanding contract negotiations much clearly than I had before

American Vanguard The United Auto Workers During the
  • Paperback
  • 607 pages
  • American Vanguard The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years 19351970
  • V. John Barnard
  • English
  • 01 July 2014
  • 9780814332979