My father worked at International Harvester/Farmall for 23 years in the engineering department. When I became older, I became a union electrician and a union steward. I am working towards getting my Bachelor's degree and I am currently writing a paper on the Farmall strike of 79. Since I was a young teenager at the time of the strike, I was wondering if anyone would care to give me any information on the strike. I am interested in both the union side as well as the management side. I have devised a small survey but if you have any other information that might help explain the mood or lifestyle that would be helpful.
1. What position and shift did you work while employed with IH?
2. In your opinion, what was the major issues of the strike?
3. If you had it todo over again, knowing what you know now, what would do different including going on strike?
4. Do you think the plant was doomed to close up regardless of the strike?
I am looking forr anyone who would like to comment from that event in time. I am not looking so much to find fault but rather better understand the circumstances of the strike. I would like any honest opinions or details. You can email me if you would like at IHC79@rocketmail.com