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Hot coal, cold steel : Russian and Ukrainian workers from the end of the Soviet Union to the post-communist transformations / Stephen Crowley
Bib ID 1425486
Format BookBook
Author
Crowley, Stephen, 1960-
 
Description Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1997 
x, 277 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0472107836 (acid-free paper)
Summary

"In a comparative study of coal miners and steelworkers at the end of the Soviet era, Stephen Crowley sheds light on where these industrial workers have been and where they are going."--BOOK JACKET. "Coal miners in the final years of the Soviet Union organized and led strikes that supported the end of Communism, even though their heavy subsidies would be threatened by capitalism. Steelworkers, in contrast, did not effectively organize and strike. This pattern has continued under the new governments, with the coal miners well organized and seeking protection from the worst consequences of marketization, while the steelworkers unions remain weak despite deteriorating economic conditions."--BOOK JACKET.

"Based on extensive archival and on-site research, including interviews with miners and steelworkers, labor leaders, and plant managers, Crowley develops a detailed picture of the conditions under which workers organize. His findings go beyond the conditions of post-Communist Russia and the Ukraine to have applications for other societies undergoing fundamental change."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. Workers, Collective Action, and Political Movements
  • Ch. 2. The 1989 Miners' Strike
  • Ch. 3. Steelworkers and Mutual Dependence
  • Ch. 4. Steelworkers, Workers' Organizations, and Collective Action
  • Ch. 5. Building a Workers' Movement
  • Ch. 6. From Economics to Politics
  • Ch. 7. Labor and Economic Transformation
  • Ch. 8. Politics and Coal Miners in Ukraine and Russia
  • Ch. 9. Workers, Politics, and the Post-Communist Transformations.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-262) and index.

Subjects Labor unions -- Coal miners -- Russia (Federation) -- Political activity.  |  Coal Miners' Strike, Soviet Union, 1989.  |  Labor unions -- Coal miners -- Ukraine -- Political activity.  |  Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions -- Russia (Federation) -- Political activity.  |  Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions -- Ukraine -- Political activity.

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