From Blackjacks to Briefcases

From Blackjacks to Briefcases

A History of Commercialized Strikebreaking and Unionbusting in the United States

Book - 2003
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From the beginning of the Industrial Age and continuing into the twenty-first century, companies faced with militant workers and organizers have often turned to agencies that specialized in ending strikes and breaking unions. Although their secretive nature has made it difficult to fully explore the history of this industry, From Blackjacks to Briefcases does just that.

By digging through subpoenaed documents of strike-bound companies, their mercenaries, and the testimony of executive officers and rank-and-file strikebreakers, Robert Smith examines the inner workings of the antiunion industry. In a clear and lively style, he brings to life the violent armed guards employed on the picket line or in the coal camps; the ruffians who filled the armies marshaled by the "King of the Strikebreakers," Pearl Bergoff; the labor spies who wrecked countless unions; and, after the Wagner Act, those who manipulated national labor law to serve their clients.

In From Blackjacks to Briefcases , Smith follows the history of this ongoing struggle and tells a compelling story that parallels the history of the United States over the last century and a half.
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780821414651
0821414658
9780821414668
0821414666
Characteristics: xviii, 179 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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StarGladiator
Mar 22, 2014

A most important short text, admirably written and thoroughly researched, which explains and lists the struggles of American labor vis a vis the private strikebreaking industry which came into existence to further destroy unions and workers in America. Whether they are described as labor relations consultants, or jackbooted Nazis, they exist as parasites, scavangers and jackals. Also, an awesome history of the union/workers' rights struggle in America.

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