A Year in the Life of a Factory


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By Maynard Seider
Introduction by Franklin Rosemont
With contributions by Don Lacoss
Charles H. Kerr Publishing

In 1973, out of work university graduate Maynard Seider took the only job he could get in San Francisco at the time, at a factory. Here’s an account of his year of factory toil—and of his workmates, management, rebellion, the union, and a whole lot more.

“I learned more about work life from this account of a run-of-the-mill year and run-of-the-mill strike, than from a hundred stories of historic labor struggles. Seider shows that those nameless and faceless factories that litter the view from freeways in every American city are battlegrounds where a war is fought at a low, low heat, but fought daily.”—Joan Holden, playwright, San Francisco Mime Troupe

“Seider has a wonderful ability to portray the intimate details of workgroups and the interplay of personality and power in the world of work. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about what it’s like to work in a factory today or to introduce students to the realities of American industrial life.”—Jeremy Brecher, author of Strike!

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Weight 6.8 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in


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