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“The Health and Safety of the Nation”

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/9780813034898.003.0006
“The Health and Safety of the Nation”

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The strategy of elites and state authorities to respond to the mounting dock labor conflict was shaped in large part by a growing strike wave experienced in the United States during the 1950s. In this context, the arsenal-of-weapons strategy was an attempt to develop a response to mounting labor conflict that was adaptable to the unpredictable situations that arose with the strike movement. That is, in spite of the increasingly stringent labor legislation put in place between 1947 and 1959, such as the Taft-Hartley and Landrum-Griffin Acts, waterfront unions had been able, at least partially, to incorporate some of the restrictive legislative measures into their repertoire of contestation, illustrating organized labor's flexibility and staying power.

Keywords: labor conflict; arsenal-of-weapons strategy; Taft-Hartley Act; labor legislation; waterfront labor process; workforce

Chapter.  17758 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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