In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966

In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966

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In Transit by Joshua Freeman Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966
 
In Transit by Joshua B Freeman
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
434 pages
Copyright 1989
The Transport Workers Union in New York City 1933-1966

Preface
Part I: "History is a nightmare I am trying to forget"
1. The Transit Industry3
2. Transit Workers     16
Part II: "Did you see the light?"
3. The Founding of the Transport Workers Union39
4. Organizing: The IRT, 1933-193658
5. Organizing: 1936-1937    90
Part III: "A revolution must come on the dues installments plan"
6. The Fruits of Victory113
7. Catholics and Communists:
Union Politics, 1937-1941128
Part IV: "As ... decent citizens of New York"
8. Public Transit and Transit Politics165
9. Unification191
Part V: "Events have abolished all debates"
10. Wartime      227
11. Breaking Out of New York249
Part VI: "Fortune's blows when most struck home ..."
12. From the Grand Alliance to the Cold War267
13. Fratricide286
14. The New Order    318
Notes   337
Index   419

DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
This history of New York transit workers from the Great Depression to the monumental 1966 transit strike shows how, through collective action, the men and women who operated the world's largest transit system brought about a virtual revolution in their daily lives.
Joshua Freeman's detailed descriptions of both transit work and transit workers, and his full account of the formation and development of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) provide new insight into the nature of modern industrial unionism. Freeman pays particular attention to the role of Communists and veterans of the Irish Republican Army-including TWU president Michael J. Quill-in organizing and leading the union, as well as to the Catholic labor activists who were the principal union dissidents. Freeman also explores the intense political struggles over the New York transit system. He links the TWU's pioneering role in public sector unionism to worker militancy and the union's deep involvement in New York politics. His portrait of Fiorello La Guardia's determined opposition to the TWU belies La Guardia's pro-labor reputation.
By combining social and political history with the study of collective bargaining, In Transit makes a major contribution to the history of American labor, radicalism, and urban politics. An intimate portrait of the politics of mass transit and public sector unionism, and on a of the most detailed reconstructions to date of the social processes of industrial unionism, the book will appeal to anyone interested in New York City's subways, politics, history, and labor. It will be of particular interest to labor historians, urban historians, and historians of modern American politics.

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