Labor Relations and Productivity in the Building Trades

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III
The Nature of Collective Bargaining in the Building Trades

For more than half a century, unionism and collective bargaining have been well-established institutions in large sectors of the building industry. As early as 1800, many local unions of building tradesmen had been organized in the large cities of the Northeast; by a century later, all the basic crafts were organized nationally and had attained a degree of power and stability hitherto unknown in American industry.1 Neither the strong "open-shop" drives of the 1920's nor the economic collapse of the 1930's made any significant breach in the fundamental strength of these unions, though the loss of membership during the latter period was substantial. 2 Between 1937 and 1941, the demands of defense and war revived the entire industry, with total membership in the construction trades unions rising from 700,000 to more than 1,500,000.3. By 1950 this figure was estimated to be approximately 2,000,000.4

The early development and steady growth of collective bargaining has been attributable in large part to the characteristics of both labor and management noted in the preceding chapter. On the labor side, the cohesiveness, financial reserves, educational background, and difficulty of replacement of skilled workers has given to the building craftsmen a sub-

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1
For a full discussion of the early history of the building trades unions and collective bargaining, see William Haber, Industrial Relations in the Building Industry ( Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1930), especially Pt. IV.
2
Membership fell from about 800,000 in 1928 to 500,000 in 1933, then recovered to almost 700,000 by 1937. See William Haber, "Building Construction," How Collective Bargaining Works ( New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1942), p. 205.
3
Ibid., p. 196
4
Based upon the per capita payments of the member unions to the Building and Construction Trades Department, as reported in the Rept. Forty-Third Ann. Convention Building and Construction Trades Dept., Sept., 1950, p. 165.

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