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The Canadian Auto Workers

The Birth and Transformation of a Union

By Sam Gindin

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The Canadian Auto Workers union has a long and rich history: part of the U.S.-based United Auto Workers for almost fifty years, the CAW separated from its American parent in 1985. Today, it is one of the most powerful unions in the country, yet few people know the union's history or what accounts for the split with its American parent.
This illustrated history provides a fascinating look at the union from its origins to the present, describing the early years of the automobile industry and the emergence of GM, Ford, and Chrysler. It looks at the birth of the UAW in 1936, the conflicts that rocked the union in the fifties, the signing of theAutopact in the sixties, and the historic split of the Canadian section from the UAW two decades later. Finally, it considers the issues facing the union and the Canadian labour movement as the 20th century drew to a close.
Profiling the CAW as well as the labour and social movements that it helped shape, The Canadian Auto Workers offers something unusual--an engrossing glimpse of Canada's past, written from a union perspective.




Part One: Waiting

1. Making Cars, Remaking People

2. Searching for a New Deal

Part Two: The Union Arrives

3. The Breakthrough

4. Recognition

5. Delivering the Goods

Part Three: Normal Isn't Normal Anymore

6. The Other Sixties

7. The Candy Man's Gone

Part Four: Towards a New Unionism

8. Breaking Away

9. The More Things Change, The More They ... Change Again

10. Building Is Everything

Suggested Readings

"The Canadian Auto Workers is a very readable and lively account of the history of the CAW, and can be strongly recommended both for the general reader and for students of Canadian industrial relations."

- Philip J. Wood Canadian Book Review Annual

"...a very readable and an extremely informative and stimulating book on the history and culture of one of the most powerful and highly controversial unions in Canada."

- Pradeep Kumar Industrial Relations

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 294 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9781550284980
Format: 9in x 6in
illustrated with photographs

BISAC Code:  LAW054000, POL013000
Imprint: Lorimer


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