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Nov 23 / James Van Loon

Thu 12/3 Reuther Brownbag: Labor Relations in the Earthmoving Equipment Industry

Jason Kozlowski, assistant professor at West Virginia University, will present an overview of his current research at a brown-bag lecture at noon on Thursday, December 3, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library.

Professor Kozlowski’s study examines deindustrialization in cities in which earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has operated, analyzing the impact of changes in work processes, location of industrial production, and industrial conflict upon the industry, workplace cultures, and the surrounding communities. Utilizing historical records from the UAW’s Agricultural Implements collection at the Reuther Library, this research shows plant closures as not an endgame in themselves, but part of an ongoing and dynamic restructuring of work, workers, and communities.

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