Capital and Labor in American Copper, 1845-1990: A Study of the Linkages between Product and Labor Markets by George H. HildebrandCapital and Labor in American Copper, 1845-1990: A Study of the Linkages between Product and Labor Markets by George H. Hildebrand

Capital and Labor in American Copper, 1845-1990: A Study of the Linkages between Product and Labor…

byGeorge H. Hildebrand, Garth Mangum

Hardcover | November 1, 1991

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The book is the first comprehensive study of the American copper industry to include labor markets, unionism, and labor relations as an integral part of its focus. It also undertakes a careful examination of the influences exerted by geography and geology in the shaping of the industry.

The study begins with the formation, development, and later histories of all the principal copper producers, their major business and labor policies, technical innovations, attempts at diversification, and foreign ventures. On the labor side, the book examines the beginnings of unionism in the 1880s; the emergence of the Western Federation of Miners in 1893; the later appearance of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in 1916. The eventual takeover of the Mine Mill by the Steel workers in 1967 and the reasons for the eventual collapse of the pattern system in 1983 are also carefully considered.

The study emphasizes the role of strategic innovations in shaping American copper history, most prominently in the successive development of underground block-caving and open-pit mining; concentration and flotation; and solvent extraction and electrowinning. The study concludes with an evaluation of the lessons supplied by the past and the prospects for the future of the industry.

Title:Capital and Labor in American Copper, 1845-1990: A Study of the Linkages between Product and Labor…Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.05 inPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674094816

ISBN - 13:9780674094819

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Table of Contents

1. The Copper Industry and Its Industrial Relations

Interactions of the Product Market and the Labor Market

How about a Road Map?

Why Another Book?

A Synopsis of the Issues

Joint Wage-Making after 1946

2. Geography, Geology, and Technology

Geographic Location

Geological Characteristics of the American Deposits

A Century of Technological Change

3. Emergence of the Copper Industry

Beginnings of the Industry

Calumet and Hecla Mining Company

Anaconda Company

American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO)

Kennecott Copper Corporation

Phelps Dodge Corporation

Other Prominent Producers

4. The Copper Market to the End of World War II

The Demand for Copper

U.S. Supply

Prices and Competition

5. The Roots of Copper Industry Unionism

Industrial Relations

Federation

Organization

Near Oblivion

Reinvigoration

Communist Infiltration

6. Changing Industry Structure, 1946-1990

Anaconda

Kennecott

Phelps Dodge

ASARCO

Cyprus Minerals

Magma and Newmont

Other Companies

Summary

7. The Product Market in the Postwar Era

The Korean Period

Vietnam to OPEC

Industry Organization

Consumption Trends

Supply Trends

Production Costs

Price Trends

8. Unionism, Collective Bargaining, and the Labor Market, 1946-1966

The Problem of Structure in NonferrousCollective Bargaining

Bargaining Developments and Relations

9. Collective Bargaining Developments and Negotiations, 1967-1990

The Great Strike

Negotiations and Other Developments

Collapse of the Pattern System

The Turn of the Decade

10. The Past as Prologue and Instruction

The Industry and Its Product Markets

Interaction of Labor and Product Markets

Some Lessons from the Labor Market

The Future of the Copper Industry

Notes

Index