Manufacturing meltdown : reshaping steel work /
D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy E. Smith & Warren Smith.
Halifax, NS : Fernwood Pub., c2011.
vi, 218 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
1552664023 (Paper), 9781552664025 (Paper)
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Halifax, NS : Fernwood Pub., c2011.
1552664023 (Paper)
9781552664025 (Paper)
contents note
Introduction: labour displacement and the enduring significance -- Melting the core steel workforce, 1981-2003 -- Storing and transmitting skills: the expropriation of working-class control -- The future of steel jobs.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
D. W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work and professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Dorothy E. Smith is professor emerita in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studios at OISE/UT and adjunct professor, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria. Warren Smith worked at Stelco (now U.S. Steel Canada) in Hamilton, Ontario, from 1067 until his recent retirement. He was president of USW local 1005 from 1997 to 2003.
Long Description
In the 1980s, following decades of booming business, the global steel industry went into a precipitous decline, which necessitated significant restructuring. Management demanded workers' increased participation in evermore temporary and insecure labour. Engaging the workers at the flagship Stelco plant in Hamilton, the authors document new management strategies and the responses of unionized workforces to them. These investigations provide valuable insights into the dramatic changes occurring within the Canadian steel industry."A gripping story of the upheaval in the lives of steelworkers, their families and communities as a result of industry restructuring."- Peter Warrian, senior research fellow, Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto"Manufacturing Meltdown explains what has happened to our manufacturing, our jobs, our future and our country. This is something that needed telling and this book tells it very well."- Bob Sutton, former recording secretary, United Steelworkers Local 1005 and editor of SteelShots
Main Description
In the late 20th century, following generations of booming business, the global steel industry went into a precipitous decline, leading to massive lay-offs and major workforce restructuring. This restructuring included continuing downsizing and job redesign, shifting industrial relations approaches and heavier reliance on formalized training. Stelco's flagship plant in Hamilton, Ontario-the largest industrial work site in the country at that point-provides a leading case for understanding this process Manufacturing Meltdown documents management's restructuring strategies and the responses of unionized workforces to them. These investigations provide valuable insights into the dramatic changes occurring within the Canadian steel industry, the effect of these changes on the larger community and the prospects for future steel jobs. Book jacket.
Main Description
Using the global steel industry's status in the 1980s as a context, this study follows its evolution from booming business to a precipitous decline, comparing it to the current changes unfolding within the Canadian steel industry. The chronicle demonstrates how management demanded workers' augmented participation in increasingly temporary and insecure labor. Workers at the flagship Stelco plant in Hamilton, Ontario, are interviewed, and new management strategies as well as the unionized workforces' responses to them are documented. Illustrating the effects of the industry's decline on the workers' communities as well, this series of investigations reveals how the insight of today's steelworkers is being dismissed in favor of an undermining academic knowledge.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. iv
Introduction: Labour Displacement and the Enduring Significance of Steelworkp. 1
Labour Displacement in Capitalist Economiesp. 1
The Enduring Significance of Steelworkp. 2
The Case Studiesp. 6
Melting the Core Steel Workforce, 1981-2003p. 9
The Global Steel Crisisp. 9
The Canadian Case: Crisis Delayedp. 15
Steeltownp. 19
Stelcop. 21
Restructuring the Labour Forcep. 25
"New" Industrial Relations and Core Worker Responsesp. 45
Steelworker Training and Retrainingp. 64
Concluding Remarksp. 71
Storing and Transmitting Skills: The Expropriation of Working-class Controlp. 79
The Studyp. 79
The Contingent Destruction of the Worker-Controlled System of Storing and Transmitting Skillsp. 84
The Displacement of Worker-Controlled Skills Training in Industry and Resource Extractionp. 102
Experiential Learningp. 129
Conclusion: Skills and the Ruling Relationsp. 140
The Future of Steel Jobsp. 149
Global Consolidation and Local Conditionsp. 150
Bankruptcy and Double Takeover of Stelcop. 152
Workplace Restructuring in Integrated Steel Plantsp. 156
The Challenge of Renewal and Loss of Knowledgep. 160
Alternative Futuresp. 170
Next Stepsp. 181
Postscriptp. 185
Bibliographyp. 186
About the Authorsp. 204
Indexp. 206
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