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Knocking on Labor's DoorUnion Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide$
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Lane Windham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632070

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.001.0001

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Signing Up in the Shipyard

Signing Up in the Shipyard

(p.85) 4 Signing Up in the Shipyard
Knocking on Labor's Door

Lane Windham

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter recounts the successful effort by a multi-racial group of 19,000 men and women at the Newport News shipyard to form a union with the steelworkers union in 1978, and a brutal strike in 1979 in which the workers fought for a union contract. The civil and women’s rights movements clearly fed the union fire in this organizing campaign.

Keywords:   Newport News Shipbuilding, United Steelworkers of America (USWA), Peninsula Shipbuilders Association, Tenneco, civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), USWA Local 8888

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