In this Book

Representation and Rebellion
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
"Rees makes effective use of new sources to give a more nuanced understanding of the operation of one of the nation's more progressive company unions. He makes a strong case, in his conclusion, for the argument that, whatever the limitations of company employee plans, they provide workers with more protection than no union, and they often plant the seeds for the emergence of truly independent unions."—Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Business History Review

In response to the tragedy of the Ludlow Massacre, John D. Rockefeller Jr. introduced one of the nation's first employee representation plans (ERPs) to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in 1915. With the advice of William Mackenzie King, who would go on to become prime minister of Canada, the plan - which came to be known as the Rockefeller Plan - was in use until 1942 and became the model for ERPs all over the world. In Representation and Rebellion Jonathan Rees uses a variety of primary sources - including records recently discovered at the company's former headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado - to tell the story of the Rockefeller Plan and those who lived under it, as well as to detail its various successes and failures. Taken as a whole, the history of the Rockefeller Plan is not the story of ceaseless oppression and stifled militancy that its critics might imagine, but it is also not the story of the creation of a paternalist panacea for labor unrest that Rockefeller hoped it would be. Addressing key issues of how this early twentieth-century experiment fared from 1915 to 1942, Rees argues that the Rockefeller Plan was a limited but temporarily effective alternative to independent unionism in the wake of the Ludlow Massacre. The book will appeal to business and labor historians, political scientists, and sociologists, as well as those studying labor and industrial relations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1: Memories of a Massacre
  2. pp. 13-36
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2: Student and Teacher
  2. pp. 37-59
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3: Between Two Extremes
  2. pp. 61-84
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4: Divisions in the Ranks
  2. pp. 85-110
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5: The Rockefeller Plan in Action: The Mines
  2. pp. 111-134
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6: The Rockefeller Plan in Action: The Mill
  2. pp. 135-157
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7: New Union, Same Struggle
  2. pp. 159-180
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8: Depression, Frustration, and Real Competition
  2. pp. 181-205
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 207-220
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 1: The Colorado Industrial Plan (also known as the Rockefeller Plan) and the Memorandum of Agreement
  2. pp. 221-238
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 2: Employee Representatives at CF&I Coal mines, 1915–1928, and Employee Representatives at Minnequa Works, 1916–1928
  2. pp. 239-266
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-311
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliographic Essay
  2. pp. 313-315
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-325
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.