Democracy in the International Association of Machinists

Democracy in the International Association of Machinists

Democracy in the International Association of Machinists

Democracy in the International Association of Machinists

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This study was undertaken at the suggestion of Professor Walter Galenson as part of the Fund for the Republic's study of union government. It should be viewed as a companion to my The Machinists: A New Study in American Trade Unionism, for although it does treat the same topic, it also embraces a different question. Here I am concerned with evaluating the nature of the democratic process in the IAM, whereas in the earlier book I set out principally to explain the determinants of the union's growth. Thus this book is intended to be somewhat more normative, and I have taken care to identify and explain the standards I have used.

The materials gathered for the two books overlapped to a great degree. Thus my sense of gratitude for those helping me on the first study is quite naturally extended also for help on this one.

I would like to thank the officers of the International Association of Machinists for having given me unhindered access to their files for the period through 1952, a date I set.

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