Port Automation and Control of the Dock Labor Process

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:
Port Automation and Control of the Dock Labor Process

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The growing regulation of the dock labor force underscored the conditions that set the struggle for control of the waterfront labor process in the 1950s. This process severely reduced the number of longshoremen working the port. One of the favorable effects of the regulatory process of dock labor was that it eventually stabilized and improved the work hours and wages of longshoremen. In the process, however, it also radically transformed waterfront work patterns. In this way a significant aspect of the struggle to control the waterfront reflects the underlying conflict to control the rapidly shifting characteristics of dock labor itself.

Keywords: dock labor force; waterfront control; labor process; work hour; wages; work pattern

Chapter.  13104 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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