Toward a history of the CIO: a bibliographical report

An essay by Robert H. Zieger on some of the various writings on the CIO up to 1985.

Submitted by Juan Conatz on December 10, 2013

Originally appeared in Labor History Volume 26, Issue 4, 1985



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Submitted by Pennoid on December 10, 2013

Anyone read this?

His suggestion of an "external" form of workers control is a bit ill-formed, even given his references. I'll grant that one has to take in more than the shop-floor, especially when looking past Montgoemry's periods of focus, but control over hiring and firing and discipline is control of the shopfloor, or really, a step towards control of work itself. Once he starts suggesting that workers control is extended into investigating the private delusions of entrepenuriship amongst autoworkers, I'm a bit baffled.

Workers negotiate with capital on and off the shop floor, in groupings of ethnicity, race, gender, income etc. But I think that Montgomery and others are right that the engine and focus of workers' control starts with the ways they resist the job daily.