RAILROAD MANPOWER ADJUSTMENTS TO TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE THROUGH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: CREW CONSIST ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD

Industries adjust work-force size to technological change and economic changes, but the number of brakemen on railroad crews is inflexibly fixed by labor agreements. In the 1959 crew consist dispute the railroads claimed authority over crew size, the issue remaining unresolved in 1977 despite years of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and government factfinding. Government-imposed arbitration authorized crew reductions in 1964-5 but granted the current employees job protection, whereupon some railroads offered severance pay. Railroad wages are negotiated industry-wide, but in 1966 a court ruled that crew agreements be on individual railroads, enabling union bargaining power to gain its goal of two brakemen per crew. This dissertation emphasizes a case study of the Illinois Central Railroad, the union's most aggressive opponent.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Doctoral thesis. Prepared in cooperation with United Transportation Union, Cleveland, Ohio., and Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cornell University

    New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations
    Ithaca, NY  USA  14850

    United Transportation Union

    14600 Detroit Avenue
    Cleveland, OH  USA  44107

    Association of American Railroads

    50 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001-1564

    Manpower Administration

    Office of Research and Development
    Washington, DC  USA 
  • Authors:
    • McCabe, D M
  • Publication Date: 1977-5-30

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  • Pagination: 718 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DLMA-91-36-76-04-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DL-91-36-76-04
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM