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Updated: 2022-05-16

Inequality and Divisions on the Shop Floor: The Case of John Deere Welland Works

Document type Book chapter
Author Corman, June
Author Duffy, Ann
Author Pupo-Barkins, Norene
Book None
Publisher Fernwood Publishing; Halifax
Date 2018 April
ISBN 978-1-77363-049-6
Pages 52-67


This chapter explores the consequences of a particular set of management strategies deployed at John Deere Welland Works plant between 1998 and 2009. This chapter examines the interplay of tiered pay systems with team bonus incentives in the context of seniority-based bidding for jobs. This case study demonstrates how these management strategies foster divisions and dissension among the workers creating a legacy of inequality and strong undercurrent of anti-union sentiment among unionize workers at the plant. --Authors