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A Moderate Employers’ Association in a “House Divided”: The Case of the Employing Printers of Columbus, Ohio, 1887–1987

Howard R. Stanger

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Howard Stanger brings a broad temporal perspective to Columbus employers in the printing industry and their varied strategies regarding activism. Here he makes the case for how employer activism did ... More


Employers’ Path to the Open Shop in Detroit, 1903–7

Thomas A. Klug

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Thomas Klug focuses on the city of Detroit, a major battleground in employers’ fight for open-shop conditions. Challenging the conventional story that seeks to show that the city’s employers, ... More


“Free Shops for Free Men”?: The Challenges of Strikebreaking and Union-Busting in the Progressive Era

Chad Pearson

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Chad Pearson explores the multidimensional ways anti-union activists worked to break strikes and bust unions while attempting to turn “scabs” into “heroes.” He examines this process from different ... More


The Better America Federation and Big Business’s War on Labor

Nick Fischer

in Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040023
eISBN:
9780252098222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040023.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the role of the Better America Federation (BAF), a business lobby headquartered in Los Angeles, in promoting the doctrine and practice of anticommunism during the interwar ... More


Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Employers have enjoyed a tremendous amount of power throughout American history. This nine-chapter collection examines that power as it relates to the so-called “labor question” or “labor problem,” ... More


Introduction: Against Labor

Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson introduce the book by describing the importance of study employers, the historiography about this group, and the structure of the book. Feurer and Pearson highlight ... More


Race, Unionism, and the Open-Shop Movement along the Waterfront in Mobile, Alabama

Robert H. Woodrum

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Robert Woodrum examines the clashes between waterfront employers and black longshore workers in Mobile, Alabama during the era of World War I. The regional Marine Employers’ Association, committed to ... More


The Strange Career of A. A. Ahner: Reconsidering Blackjacks and Briefcases

Rosemary Feurer

in Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040818
eISBN:
9780252099311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Rosemary Feurer traces the leading purveyor of anti-union services in the Midwest, A. A. Ahner, to frame employers’ antiunion strategies during the New Deal. She argues that the long learning curve ... More


Remaking the Working Class

Henry M. Mckiven

in Iron and Steel: Class, Race, and Community in Birmingham, Alabama, 1875-1920

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807845240
eISBN:
9781469603711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807879719_mckiven.11
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter illustrates how advocates of the open shop argued that elimination of unions would enable southern industrialists to realize the benefits of a large and growing supply of cheap labor. An ... More


The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Beth Tompkins Bates

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807835647
eISBN:
9781469601571
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837450_bates
Subject:
History, African-American History

In the 1920s, Henry Ford hired thousands of African American men for his open-shop system of auto manufacturing. This move was a rejection of the notion that better jobs were for white men only. This ... More


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