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Mobilizing for Mass Action

James J. Lorence

in Palomino

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780252037559
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252094804 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252037559.003.0005
Mobilizing for Mass Action

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This chapter examines how an important feature of Jencks' encouragement of rank-and-file engagement in union affairs was an ongoing concern about both worker health issues and workplace safety measures. Under Jencks' leadership the union persistently called upon mining management to meet their obligations to men who had “given their entire working lives” to the corporations. Even more important to Jencks and Local 890 leaders was the issue of safety on the job. He and his comrades were scrupulous about monitoring workplace accidents, which occurred all too frequently. The ultimate result was the creation of a permanent Union Safety Committee, which insisted on the right to have their voices heard and the inclusion of Jencks in all future inspection tours.

Keywords: Clinton Jencks; union affairs; worker health; workplace safety; mining management; Local 890; Union Safety Committee

Chapter.  10445 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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