From tank town to high tech: the clash of community and by June C. Nash

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I was able to take advantage of the cooperative staff of the Pittsfield library, the newspaper archives and the excellent research facilities at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst libraries. I am grateful to my daughter, Laura, my son, Eric, and Mathew McCaslin for bringing their joyful presence to the quiet retreat in Page x Plainfield where I lived while working on the project. The book is dedicated to my mother, Mary Josephine Salloway Bousley, who spent her last summers listening to and joining in the conversations that became a part of it.

1927- From tank town to high tech : the clash of community and industrial cycles June C. Nash p. cm. (SUNY series in the anthropology of work) Bibliography: p. Includes index. ISBN 0-88706-938-X. ) 1. Labor and laboring classes Massachusetts Pittsfield History 20th century 2. ) Economic conditions. 3. ) Social conditions. 4. General Electric Company History 20th century. I. Title. II. Series. S. S. and Pittsfield Table 11-2 Production Workers' Solutions for Unemployment Table 11-3a Sales, Revenues, and Profits in General Electric Table 11-3b Revenues for Each Segment of General Electric Operations, 19861982 Compared Table 11-3c General Electric Employment 19281988 The last "tank" power transformer moves out of GE down North Street to its final destination in the Electric Power Research Institute.

At a time when General Electric leaders are talking about "growth through globalization" (John F. Welch, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, message "To our shareholders," GE 1987 Annual Report, Fairfield Ct. 1988) and calling for a "strong, lean machine," (Welch, quoted in Mark Potts' special to the Washington Post, reprinted in The Berkshire Eagle May 29, 1988:D1) union leaders in General Electric plants throughout the country are demanding job security, pensions, and benefits "to enable workers to live in their communities,'' (Lewis C.

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