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LABRST 2A03 Lecture Notes - Blue-Collar Worker, Collective Bargaining

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David Goutor

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Post-War Compromise and Prosperity, Pt.1
-Labor’s Gains
- Union Legitimacy
-> Unions were not widely accepted, they were legal but some laws made
their actions illegal
-> Legal system legitimizes the rights and actions of unions
->After war, lots of new laws passed and put in place
-Pluralism idea that in idea, society functions best when you
recognize that not everybody in soviet, society works best when a certain
amount of competition exists and there is plurality of interests
-> Specifically industrial pluralism in this case
-> Want stability by allowing some about and level of competition,
-> Collective bargaining =good model
-> Conservative idea
-> Concerned about order but allowing competition without having whole
system fall apart
- Union Financial Stability
-Planning long term
- Craft unions have always been able to do so,
- Unions wanted to be seen as established
- “Big labour” -1940=no one used this term, 1950s=everyone used this
- Status of Workers
- Mistrust of workers
-Unskilled industrial workers =seen as poor
-Since ghr Day v
- Fordism &Keynes
- Fordist idea of looking at workers as people who would buy
your product or just buy and spend in general
- Richard Nickson, said everyone is a Keynesian (economic
engines) putting more $$ in workers pockets = better for economy
- Take loans for long-term things and investments
-Keynes said workers needed to feel comfortable borrowing
- Standards of Living
- Appliance, auto, etc. Expected to have a middle class life style
- Standard of living = increasing
- Don Mills = mass housing of individual detached houses with own yards, etc
<- first planned suburb area + to live in suburb, you need a car<- families
would have own cars and sometimes even two
- Family Experience
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