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We Are the UnionDemocratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing$
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Dana L. Cloud

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036378

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036378.001.0001

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Enter the Dissidents

Enter the Dissidents

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We Are the Union

Dana L. Cloud

University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces more fully union activists and their organizations, and relates their stories about the origins and purposes of the caucuses as they told the author. It also lays out the agenda and perspectives of these activists regarding Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and its leadership. The themes of these stories include the rejection of cooperation with management in the form of joint programs; the identification of union leaders as “Boeing managers”; the desire to retain and restore labor gains of previous generations (which they view as having been squandered by union leaders); and the recognition of the ways in which race, gender, and sexual orientation influence the working experience. The overall goal of this chapter is to understand more fully the critique, resounding in these accounts, of the practices of both the union and the company.

Keywords:   labor unions, union activists, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, IAMAW, Boeing, union leaders

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