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And the Wolf Finally Came The Decline of the American Steel Industry

ISBN-10: 0822953986
ISBN-13: 9780822953982
Edition: 1988
Authors: John P. Hoerr
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Description: bull; Choice 1988 Outstanding Academic Book bull; Named one of the Best Business Books of 1988 by USA Today A veteran reporter of American labor analyzes the spectacular and tragic collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s.nbsp; John Hoerrrsquo;s  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 7/6/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

bull; Choice 1988 Outstanding Academic Book bull; Named one of the Best Business Books of 1988 by USA Today A veteran reporter of American labor analyzes the spectacular and tragic collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s.nbsp; John Hoerrrsquo;s account of these events stretches from the industrywide barganing failures of 1982 to the crippling work stoppage at USX (U.S. Steel) in 1986-87.nbsp; He interviewed scores of steelworkers, company managers at all levels, and union officials, and was present at many of the crucial events he describes.nbsp; Using historical flashbacks to the origins of the steel industry, particularly in the Monongahela Valley of southwestern Pennsylvania, he shows how an obsolete and adversarial relationship between management and labor made it impossible for the industry to adapt to shattering changes in the global economy.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Collapse of the Steel Industry, 1982
The Mon Valley, 1987
What This Book Is About
Union Drama in a Ballroom
The Procedures Obscured the Reality
The Union Movement Loses Momentum
Management's Strategic Failures
The Turning Point After World War II
Union Weakness in the Reagan Era
A Train Back East
Union-Busting Precedents
The Vulnerability of Unions in America
The Life and Style of Lloyd McBride
A Threatening Trend
Concession Bargaining Comes to Steel
Ed Ayoub's Productivity Concerns
Legalistic Language, Bountiful Benefits
On Strike in McKeesport
From Carnegie Steel to U.S. Steel
The Making of a Corporate Bureaucracy
Steel's Shortsighted Business Strategies
The 1940s and 1950s: Strikes and Strike Threats
Government Involvement in Wages and Prices
The No-Strike Agreement
Bruce Johnston: Labor Took Too Much
Quiet Talks on the ENA
A Mission to Linden Hall
Something of Importance in the Mon Valley
Pouring Oil on Troubled Steel
The Mon Valley Unemployed Committee
Views of the Rank and File
A Mechanism for Reform: LMPTs
Early Days on the Mon
Industry Equals Progress
The Immigrants Divided
Life in the Mill Towns
Politics McKeesport Style
The Effect of Social Environment
Growing Up in McKeesport: The Forties
The "Downside" Cycle: The UAW
The UAW-USW Rivalry
Auto Bargaining in 1982
The 1982 Ford Contract
Failure at GM
Moving Toward Negotiations in Steel
The 1982 Recession Worsens
The BSIC Debates Reopening
A Communications Fizzle
How Industrywide Bargaining Started
The 1982 Talks Begin
The Failure of Round One
The Propaganda War
"Democracy" and Dissent in the USW
The Dissidents of 1982
Mike Bilcsik, Idealist
SWOC and Labor-Management Cooperation
Murray's Ambivalence About Cooperation
Labor's Failed Bid for a Wartime Voice
Postwar Confrontations
The USW Turns Away from Cooperation
The Scalon Plan: A Beginning
Attempts to Reform the Bargaining Relationship
Management Proposes LMPT's in the 1980s
Demoralization
"Working" in the Mill, ca. 1950
The Management Bureaucracy
"Scientific Management"
The Safety Program: A Numbers Game
Quantity Over Quality
Section 2B
Union Corruption
Atlantic City, September 1982
Wage Cuts and Profit-Sharing
The Round Two Bargain
The BSIC Votes NO
The Reasons Why
The Aftermath
Bad News in 1983
A Groundswell for Concessions
What the Rank and File Wanted
Odorcich's Odyssey
Odorcich Versus Johnston: A Deal Is Struck
The Last Industrywide Ratification
Results of the 1983 Settlement
The USW Gave Up More Than It Intended
The Minimum Wage Recovery
Decline of the Blue-Collar Worker
A Change in Leadership
Williams Versus McKee
The Making of a USW President
Roderick's Tough Leadership
The Worldwide Restructuring of Steel
Labor Reforms at J&L
Confrontations at U.S. Steel
Cutting People at U.S. Steel
The "Graham Revolution"
The 1984 Plant Shutdowns
Conclusion: Both Sides Failed
A Transition Period
New USW Policies
Trouble at Wheeling-Pittsburgh
A Unique Settlement at Wheeling-Pittsburgh
New Approaches I: National Steel
New Approaches II: Weirton Steel
The End of Coordinated Bargaining
Winding Down at McKeesport and Aliquippa
Union-Management Efforts to Save LTV
Developing a Strategy for 1986
Creating a "Level Playing Field"
A U.S. Steel Initiative
A New Kind of Bargaining at LTV
An Innovative Agreement at National Steel
Settlements at Bethlehem, Inland, and Armco
Epilogue: LTV and the Steel Pension Crisis
The "Crisis in Steel" Campaign
Trouble in the Metal Industries
U.S. Steel: Round One
The Impact of the LTV Bankruptcy
Going on Strike ... or Lockout
The UC Decisions
Lasting It Out
The Icahn Takeover Bid
USX: Round Two
USX: Round Three
The 1987 USX Settlement
The Final Blow
A Concluding Note
The Once and Future Valley
The Human Price
Mon Valley Fragmentation Revisited
Activism: Service and Protest
Campaigns to Save Plants
The Post-Manufacturing Era in Pittsburgh
How Mature Industries Impede New Businesses
The Mon Valley in Retrospect
A Great Industrial Failure
Relating Wages to Productivity
"The Road Not Taken"
Beginnings of a New Industrial Relations System
Issues for Unions
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index
Map of the Pittsburgh region
Map of steel works in the Monongahela Valley, 1987

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