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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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The Problem with “Jointness”

The Problem with “Jointness”

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(p.80) 4 The Problem with “Jointness”
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We Are the Union
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Dana L. Cloud

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036378.003.0005

This chapter goes into depth about union reformers' overarching critique, that the union engages in too much cooperation with the company. Such cooperation often manifests itself in joint safety, performance, and team-based management initiatives. These workers' assessment of programs such as Total Quality Management and the implementation of the High Performance Work Organization illustrate two arguments. First, workers possess the resources of their experience to recognize and reject ideological efforts to align their interests with those of the company. Second, scholars and labor union members alike should be skeptical about worker inclusion programs that ask the workers to give up their autonomy from and antagonism toward their employer. Such independence is necessary to the fight to defend and extend workers' standard of living during contract negotiations and grievance procedures.

Keywords:   labor unions, union activists, Boeing, union reformers, worker inclusion programs, workers' rights, collective bargaining

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