Chapter 6

Steel Labor Relations

The steel industry has a long and difficult history of labor relations issues. The systemic inability of the two parties to resolve their differences at the bargaining table and the resulting series of strikes in the 1950s and 1960s, in particular, is now seen to be the tragic failure of the American integrated steel industry, opening the door to minimills and importers to undermine product and pricing mechanisms that constituted ground zero for Big Steel. For that reason, this chapter gives extended coverage to the mechanisms and issues that lay at the heart of the conflict.

Perspective on Steel Industry Labor–Management Relations

As mentioned above, the steel industry has been one of the icons of the mass production ...

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