ERIC Number: ED324433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Technological Change in the Auto Industry. CAW Technology Project.
Robertson, David; Wareham, Jeff
Today the auto industry is going through the most radical restructuring it has experienced since its birth. Included in this upheaval is a dramatic reorganization of the workplace, and technology has been both a catalyst and a central part of such change. The issues involved touch every facet of workplace life: job classifications and demarcation lines; seniority rules and transfer rights; teamwork and production standards; health and safety and the work environment; new skills and the content of retraining; the erosion of bargaining units and the degree of supervision; relations among workers and relations between workers, their unions, and management. The study reported in this paper by the Canadian Auto Workers union used a survey, case studies, and roundtables at seven auto industry plants in Canada to define what is happening in the workplace in terms of technological change. Extensive use of quotations from these sources is made throughout the report. The report is composed of six chapters that cover the following issues: (1) the new technology; (2) disappearing jobs; (3) transformation of work; (4) the new management agenda; (5) labor and technological change; and (6) policy implications for labor. Definitions of technical terms are provided. (KC)
Descriptors: Dislocated Workers, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Labor Education, Labor Needs, Labor Relations, Modernization, Obsolescence, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Working Life, Science and Society, Structural Unemployment, Technological Advancement, Union Members, Unions, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
CAW/TCA, 205 Placer Court, North York, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 3H9.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: CAW Canada, Willowdale (Ontario).
Identifiers: Automobile Industry; Canada
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