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By Rick Fantasia

A normal assumption approximately American staff is they lack type awareness. This notion has baffled social scientists, demoralized activists, and generated an important literature on American exceptionalism. during this provocative ebook, a tender sociologist takes the present assumptions to activity and sheds new mild upon this extremely important factor. In 3 bright case experiences Fantasia explores the complex, multi-faceted dynamics of yank working-class realization and collective action.

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Chamber of Commerce, with a membership of 700,000 employers, sponsored similar anti-union propaganda efforts at least as wide as the above. But union-busting and prevention were not confined to dissemination of propaganda. In the La Follette Senate committee hearings of 1938, it was revealed that employers were spending $80 million a year for espionage services. "46 And while the National Association of Manufacturers was distributing thousands of copies of a booklet endorsing the strikebreaking "Mohawk Valley Formula," corporations were busily putting this theory into practice.

L4 32 Corporate Action and the Bounds of Solidarity The "employee representation plan" was the organizational expression of the corporate welfare ideology that flourished in the Progressive Era. Supporters heralded the concept as the preeminent form of industrial democracy, in which the floodgates of "open communication" would be opened, creating a new epoch of consensual industrial relations. In an address before the American Management Association, one corporate proponent of company unions extolled their advantages: "The quickened sense of freedom and responsibility blossoms into loyalty.

EMPLOYEE INFORMATION SERVICE: A series of 25 leaflets distributed to over 11,000,000 workers. POSTERS: Over 300,000 for a series of 24 for bulletin boards in plants throughout the country. FILMS: 10 sound slide films for showing in plants. OUTDOOR ADVERTISING: 60,000 billboard ads scheduled for 1937. PAMPHLETS: "You and Your Industry Library" . . S. Chamber of Commerce, with a membership of 700,000 employers, sponsored similar anti-union propaganda efforts at least as wide as the above. But union-busting and prevention were not confined to dissemination of propaganda.

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