This paper evaluates the only industry-wide process initiated by a union through collective bargaining to reorganize traditional work systems and transform labor relations. It analyzes attempts over the past decade by the United Steelworkers of America to introduce its model for a more participative work system in an effort to gain access to business information, share in business decision making, improve quality, reduce costs, and build better relations between management and the union in the U.S. basic steel industry. This study shows that the Cooperative Partnership Agreements have produced mixed results. Using survey and interview data, the paper compares plants that successfully implemented the CPA with those that did not and analyzes the reasons for the variation in their impact. Further the paper draws out the lessons from this unique union-driven contractual approach to industry reform.
Rubinstein, S. (2003), "PARTNERSHIPS OF STEEL? FORGING HIGH INVOLVEMENT WORK SYSTEMS IN THE U.S. STEEL INDUSTRY: A VIEW FROM THE LOCAL UNIONS", Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 115-144. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-6186(03)12005-7Download as .RIS
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