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Who Speaks for New York's Dockworkers?

William J. Mello

in New York Longshoremen

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034898
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034898.003.0004
Who Speaks for New York's Dockworkers?

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The recurring wildcat strikes on the Port of New York between 1945 and 1951 had left business elites and political authorities alike searching for new devices to regain control. Placed within the political context of the period—the centrality of the Marshall Plan for U.S. foreign policy, the Korean War, and the expanding U.S. economic interests overseas—control of the Port of New York continued to be undoubtedly an axiomatic component of deeply embedded elite political and economic interests. Because of the complexity and diversity of the political forces favoring reform and the ability of the rank-and-file movement on the port to move rapidly between formal and informal forms of action, controlling workers demanded a complex set of regulations.

Keywords: wildcat strike; dockworkers; economic interests; U.S. foreign policy; rank-and-file movement; the Waterfront Commission

Chapter.  15668 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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