The Government of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union

The Government of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union

The Government of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union

The Government of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union

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This study of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW) is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of the union's activities. First, the scope of the study is limited to the international union; local and intermediate bodies are discussed only when necessary to an understanding of the government of the international union. Second, the analysis is focused on the primary functions of the union. For example, no attempt is made to explain the detailed financial and accounting system of the international. Nor does the study go into the role that the OCAW has played in the political activities of the AFL- CIO, or its important contribution to the establishment and operation of the International Federation of Petroleum Workers. This decision to utilize the limited space available to explore the central activities thoroughly, rather than to cover a wider range of topics more superficially, represents my judgment as to the relative contribution that these two approaches could make to our understanding of the government of national unions. The major contribution that the OCAW has to offer lies neither in its excellent administrative techniques, nor in its interest in national and international affairs. It lies in a continuing attempt . . .

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