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Brazil's Steel CityDevelopmentalism, Strategic Power, and Industrial Relations in Volta Redonda, 1941-1964$
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Oliver Dinius

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771689

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771689.001.0001

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Strategic Power, Labor Politics, and the Rise of the Metalworkers Union

Strategic Power, Labor Politics, and the Rise of the Metalworkers Union

(p.179) 7 Strategic Power, Labor Politics, and the Rise of the Metalworkers Union
Brazil's Steel City
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This chapter examines how the politics of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil during his second tenure (1951–1954) led to the recognition of the labor union (Sindicato dos Trabalhadores nas Indústrias Metalúrgicas, Mecânicas e de Material Elétrico de Barra Mansa) at the National Steel Company (Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional; CSN) as bargaining agent and how its leaders used the strategic power of CSN's metalworkers to achieve substantial material gains. Although the CSN management opposed these changes to industrial relations, it could not overcome the union's superior industrial, legal, and political strategy. The chapter focuses on the two important union victories: the first collective labor contract in 1952 and the failed state intervention in 1955.

Keywords:   politics, Getúlio Vargas, Brazil, National Steel Company, strategic power, metalworkers, labor union, industrial relations, collective labor contract, bargaining

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