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.
- Doctoral thesis. Prepared in cooperation with United Transportation Union, Cleveland, Ohio., and Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.
Cornell UniversityNew York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Ithaca, NY USA 14850
United Transportation Union14600 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH USA 44107
Association of American Railroads50 F Street, NW
Washington, DC USA 20001-1564
Manpower AdministrationOffice of Research and Development
Washington, DC USA
- McCabe, D M
- Publication Date: 1977-5-30
- Pagination: 718 p.
- TRT Terms: Automation; Brakemen; Collective bargaining; Deployment; Job analysis; Labor agreements; Labor relations; Labor unions; Personnel; Personnel management; Policy; Productivity; Railroads; Specifications; Strikes; Technological innovations; Theses; Unemployment; Work rules
- Identifier Terms: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
- Uncontrolled Terms: Requirement
- Old TRIS Terms: Government policies
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Policy; Railroads; Society;
- 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