Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive Reasons for intimidating non strikers 1945. During the Second World Warlabour shortages and increased production gave leverage to unions, who used it to gain concessions from corporate management see Labour Organization.
In Windsorunionized Ford workers used wildcat strikes and walkouts to win small concessions during the war. When the fighting ended, veterans flooded the labour marketdiluting the power that unions had built during the years of labour shortage. Ford management used threats of layoffs and a return to pre-war plant conditions to clamp down on their workers.
The UAW knew that unless Ford formally recognized that the union represented the plant workers, many of their wartime advances would be lost.
The strike began at 10 a. The workers issued 24 demands, which included layoff and vacation pay, improved medical benefits and additional pay for work on Sundays and holidays. Although the majority of workers agreed with the strike, some workers who resisted were chased out of the plant and intimidated by the strikers. The strikers relied on picketing and roadblocks to prevent non-union access to the plant and draw attention to their demands.
Picketing went on for weeks, during which time the strikers forced Ford officials to move their offices off-site and the plant power house was shut off for the first time. On 5 November, the strike escalated when workers built a vehicle blockade cutting off access to the plant.
Strikers used about 2, vehicles — some stolen, some boxed in on the day of the blockade — to create a barricade that prevented an attack by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered by the provincial and federal governments.
On 5 November, Windsor City Council demanded that Reasons for intimidating non strikers 1945 blockade be moved on threat of involving the military.
A separate union, Localstaged a sympathy strike in response to the ongoing agitation. Some 8, workers from 25 auto plants joined the strike for one month, with no strike pay. Many in the Windsor community supported the strike action, including returning soldierschurch groups and local businesses. They initially rejected the plan.
By 19 December, union members voted in favour of third-party arbitration, and the strike officially ended after 99 days.
Randwho sought to balance the demands of the two parties. Rand, who saw labour and employers as mutually codependent, criticized the conduct of both Ford and the strikers.
In his decision, handed down 29 JanuaryRand refused to grant the UAW mandatory worker membership meaning the plant would not become a closed shop. The formula also required the company to deduct fees from employee wages and pass them on to the union in the form of dues.
Rand, who sought to stabilize the labour movement, outlined a series of penalties that would result from unauthorized strikes such as the wildcat strikes and walkoutsand tied union leadership and corporate management closer together see Rand Formula.
The Windsor Ford strike was one of the largest and most important postwar strikes in Canada.
In addition to the public attention the strike drew, the resulting Rand Formula became a central facet of Canadian labour relations. The solutions offered by the Rand Formula provided a blueprint that has been used in numerous collective agreements in Canada and has been highly influential in shaping Canadian labour laws. In the aftermath of the strike, Canadian unions became more hierarchical and bureaucratic and workers had less direct input on decision-making.
See also Strikes and Lockouts. Irving Abella, On Strike: Six Key Labour Struggles in Canada, — Herb Colling, Ninety-Nine Days: Search The Canadian Encyclopedia.
I forgot my password. Accessed 17 November In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Article published February 07, ; last modified June 06, Article by Daniel Panneton. Some 8, auto workers from other plants also participated. The Ford workers, who were led by the United Automobile Workers of Canada UAWdemanded recognition of their union by Ford and mandatory membership for all plant workers.
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