|Journal||Labour / Le Travail|
The article discusses the role of management in unionization avoidance in North America during the 1970s, with a particular focus on the hardware distributor Hobbs Hardware. Particular focus is given to the material circumstances of employment at the firm, with evidence drawn from oral history interviews from former employees Steve Ashton, Ed Perkins, and Doug Perkins. According to the author, the firm's management had a firm self-identity based on gender which was ideologically-driven and demonstrated a need for absolute control of the workplace. Topics discussed include neoliberalism, paternalism, and the low-wage service sector.