How Bosses Use 'Open Shop' Campaigns to Crush Unions
Date Written: 2017-12-05
Publisher: In These Times
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21829
Chad Pearson's book "Reform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement" and Lane Windham's new book "Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970's and the Roots of a New Economic Divide", take a historical look at anti-union tactics through the 20th century, and demonstrate how Unions can regroup, reform and fight back.
Two new books shed light on the sustained union-busting campaigns that bookended that all-too brief period of labor-management détente. One focuses on the innocuously named “open shop” drive, which was a vicious nationwide union-busting campaign that began at the dawn of the 20th century and lasted well into the New Deal era. The other documents how the last great wave of worker militancy was smashed by a coordinated union-busting drive that anticipated Ronald Reagan's presidency by more than a decade.