Negro and White, Unite and Fight!: A Social History of Industrial Unionism in Meatpacking, 1930-90
by Roger Horowitz
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-252-06621-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02320-0
Library of Congress Classification HD6515.P152U554 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.88164900973

      This pathbreaking study traces the rise--and subsequent fall--of the
        United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA). Roger Horowitz emphasizes
        local leaders and meatpacking workers in Chicago, Kansas City, Sioux City,
        and Austin, Minnesota, and closely examines the unionizing of the workplace
        and the prominent role of black workers and women in UPWA.
      In clear, anecdotal style, Horowitz shows how three major firms in U.S.
        meat production and distribution became dominant by virtually eliminating
        union power. The union's decline, he argues, reflected massive pressure
        by capital for lower labor costs and greater control over the work process.
        In the end, the victorious firms were those that had been most successful
        at increasing the rate of exploitation of their workers, who now labor
        in conditions as bad as those of a century ago.
      "The definitive study of unionism in the meatpacking industry for
        the period since the 1920's." -- James R. Barrett, author of Work
        and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922
      A volume in the series The Working Class in American History, edited
        by David Brody, Alice Kessler-Harris, David Montgomery, and Sean Wilentz
      Supported by the Illinois Labor History Society
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