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Automation and San Francisco Class "B" Longshoremen : Power, Race, and Workplace Democracy, 1958-1981

Author:
Lim, Seonghee
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. History
Degree Supervisor:
Nelson Lichtenstein
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Black history, African American studies, and American history
Keywords:
Labor
Duty of Fair Representation
Harry Bridges
San Francisco
Automation
Longshoremen
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This dissertation studies the meaning of workplace democracy by examining San Francisco Class B Longshoremen whose status came into existence in 1958 as part of the automation and containerization plan agreed upon by the waterfront employers and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU). The B-men who toiled at the point of production as second class workers in this transitional period were in a unique position to see problems emerging from the mechanization plan and understand the exploitive nature of new work processes that arose from the abandonment of the old work rules. Although the main motivation for the waterfront employers and the longshoremen's union behind the recruitment of B-men was to create a flexible but disciplined labor force that would make a smooth transition to automation, by organizing themselves for equal status and better working conditions, the B-men challenged the roles imposed upon them. By focusing on the black longshoremen who disproportionally filled the ranks of B-men and who lost their jobs without just cause and subsequently organized various actions for their reinstatement, this study provides a lens for viewing structural racism in the process of automation and demonstrates the irrepressible self-activism of working people for respect, equality, and control over their working conditions.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (443 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3z037pg
ISBN:
9781339472126
Catalog System Number:
990046179890203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Seonghee Lim
File Description
Access: Public access
Lim_ucsb_0035D_12835.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)