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VERY-GOOD HARDBACK IN DUSTJACKET THAT was once ideal yet backside 2 INCHES OF entrance obtained CRUMPLED UP AND TORN ON aspects (MENDED yet nonetheless now not nice LOOKING).
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42 The enactment of the NIRA did not in any way cause GM to modify its views concerning the open shop or the evils of outside unionism; it remained convinced that it was impossible to come to terms with the AFL short of surrendering basic management prerogatives and accepting the closed shop. The Federation, Sloan believed, was not interested in the real problems of the automobile industry but simply wished to force the automobile workers to pay tribute to a union in order to hold their jobs. "43 Actually, GM, like the other automobile manufacturers, feared the growth of unionism in its plants less because organization was thought likely to raise the cost of automobile production than because it threatened to circumscribe the customary prerogatives of management.
Discrimination, however, was more easily charged than proved, and there was certainly a tendency among unionists to assume that when union workers were laid off or discharged for cause, the real reason was their union affiliation. But if the AFL was inclined to exaggerate the extent of the practice, the record indicates that GM did sometimes discriminate against union members in its plants. In the period before the President's settlement of March 25, 1934, the NLB's regional labor boards ruled in a few instances that GM had been guilty of discrimination, and after the ALB was established the evidence is strong that the corporation discriminated in the reemployment of strikers in St.
It produced passenger cars "for every price and purpose" ("Chevrolet for hoi polloi, ... Pontiac ... id=18460 The University of Michigan Press, 1969 Sit-Down 22 power plants, and it had very substantial interests in real estate, finance, and insurance. Its 342,384 shareholders at the end of 1936 received over $200 million in dividends for the year, a record for the corporation. 3 percent above the corporation's 1929 sales. 6 cents for production workers in all manufacturing. 7 percent the average annual earnings for full-time employees in manufacturing as a whole.