J.P. Stevens and the Struggle for Union Organization

Kovach, Kenneth A.
May 1978
Labor Law Journal;May78, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p300
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the struggle for union organization at North Andover, Massachusetts-based textile firm J.P. Stevens & Co. Approximately seven percent of the 44,000 employees at J.P. Stevens are presently organized. Most of the organized workers are employed at Stevens' Roanoke Rapids complex in North Carolina, where union representation was won nearly two years ago, yet a collective bargaining agreement has still not been signed. The Textile Workers Union of America began its organizing campaign at Stevens in 1963, receiving the support of the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO, then headed by United Auto Workers' president Walter P. Reuther. In August 1969, the National Labor Relations Board filed a contempt charge against Stevens, charging that the firm had failed to heed two earlier court orders to stop violating the rights of its employees to join a union. In addition to its anti-union activities, J.P. Stevens has violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.


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