Governing the UAW

Governing the UAW

Governing the UAW

Governing the UAW

Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to examine the way in which one of our largest unions conducts its internal affairs, with a view towards helping each reader to answer for himself the question: "How democratic is the UAW?"

This book deals only with the national government of the UAW. It does not concern itself with operations of the union at the regional or local level, except insofar as they directly affect the national government. The emphasis is on the period 1946-1960, though footnotes have been added to include important developments at the 1962 convention. Subjects covered include: a brief review of the first decade of the UAW; controversial issues at constitutional conventions; UAW leadership as portrayed in the composition and operations of the International Executive Board; staff personnel and functions; and organized opposition within the UAW. The final chapter draws on the accumulated evidence of earlier chapters to evaluate the UAW as a democratic union.

I am indebted to the more than fifty persons who spoke freely and frankly about the UAW in interviews averaging about two hours each and sometimes lasting the better part of a day or . . .

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