Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen: The Internal Political Life of a National Union

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen: The Internal Political Life of a National Union

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen: The Internal Political Life of a National Union

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen: The Internal Political Life of a National Union

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Since the upsurge of unionism in the mass production industries in the 1930's, the railroad brotherhoods have received relatively little attention from academic students of the labor movement. Operating, for the most part, under separate labor legislation in an industry with its peculiar problems and separate traditions, the railroad brotherhoods have developed their own distinctive institutional forms and modes of behavior. Yet the experience of three-quarters of a century or more of successful operation is one that deserves careful examination, particularly with regard to the internal structure and the balance of powers that are the focal points of this study. The political traditions of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the largest by far of the operating brotherhoods, offer experience of value to the American labor movement as a whole.

I am indebted to the Trade Union Study of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions for the opportunity to participate in this series of monographs and for the financial support that made the study possible. I wish also to acknowledge with gratitude the supplementary financial help that I received . . .

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