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New York Longshoremen: Class and Power on the Docks

William J. Mello


There exists a hidden history of post-World War II New York and East Coast waterfront labor relations. During this era, dockworkers fought an ongoing battle against shipping companies, local police, federal and state political authorities, and their own corrupt union leadership. This book reveals how labor relations on the docks were driven from below by radical and reform rank-and-file movements led by communists, Catholics, and local union leaders. The book uncovers this little-known history that depicts the impact of state and local politics and political institutions on the labor movement ... More

Keywords: New York, East Coast, waterfront labor, dockworkers, shipping companies, authorities, union leadership, docks, communists, Catholics, labor movement, postwar America, political development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034898
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Mello, author
Indiana University-Kokomo