Erosion of Industrial Democracy

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Erosion of Industrial Democracy 15:29 Over the course of the 20 th  century, we see a shift in where you work to  identifying what you buy. With the help of unions, industrial democracy is able to  exist. These unions had a lot of victory: improvement in shop democracy, the  establishment of grievance … All of these accomplishments led to industrial  democracy. The erosion of industrial democracy began in 1947. The cold war  after WWII is partly responsible to the erosion. Patriotism drove industrial  democracy. However, it undermined industrial democracy after WWII. There was  in influx in work contracts because of industrial war production. Workers owed it  to supply and demands. All of these changes in the 1940s led to the erosion of  industrial democracy. Impact of industrial democracy on African American workers: they were very  drawn to industrial unions. Lichtenstein basically said that the craft unions  practiced racial apartheid. The industrial unions were different. They joined  forces to some extent to the civil rights movement. They see the industrial  democracy as including the African Americans. Pg. 79, pg. 83 – getting away  from paternalistic management. Workers are no longer using deference but  they are empowered to fight for their rights. Integration however was not a  goal for industrial unions. For this reason, many African Americans were in  their own unions on top of the other unions that included white workers.  African Americans have the highest participation rates in unions. This is also 
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