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From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking

by Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy

From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking Synopsis

FROM the beginning of the Industrial Age and continuing into the twenty-first century, companies faced with militant workers and organizers have often turned to agencies that specialized in ending strikes and breaking unions. Although their secretive nature has made it difficult to fully explore the history of this industry, From Blackjacks to Briefcases does just that. By digging through subpoenaed documents of strike-bound companies, their mercenaries, and the testimony of executive officers and rank-and-file strike-breakers, Robert Smith examines the inner workings of the antiunion industry. In a clear and lively style, he brings to life the violent armed guards employed on the picket line or in the coal camps; the ruffians who filled the armies marshaled by the King of the Strike-breakers, Pearl Bergoff; the labor spies who wrecked countless unions; and, after the Wagner Act, those who manipulated national labor law to serve their clients. In From Blackjacks to Briefcases, Smith follows the history of this ongoing struggle and tells a compelling story that parallels the history of the United States over the last century and a half.

From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking Press Reviews

This work will become the convenient handbook for the distasteful but necessary look at the rearguard tactics that still too often shape American labor-management relations. - Scott Molloy, Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island

Book Information

ISBN: 9780821414668
Publication date: 30th November 2002
Author: Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: History: specific events & topics, Sociology: work & labour,

About Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy

Robert Michael Smith is the author of a number of articles on labor relations and the progressive movement. He is a professor of history at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio.

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