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Building a Power Base

Case#40: The Luggers Versus the Butchers

This is a paper that concentrates on building a power base and answers questions proposed in a case study.


Food Merch*****is*****g Corporation, based in northern New Jersey, is a company that deals with a variety of prepackaged meats, along with beef ***** needs to be cut by butchers. This company is responsible for sending the fin*****hed product to various markets, especially in ***** Midwest.

***** company has two main types of employees, the butchers and ***** luggers.

Original Characteristic of the Jobs

The ***** and butchers originally had certain characteristics of their jobs. The luggers were responsible for unloading and stocking the beef. ***** required lifting 200 pounds of ***** all day and only those who were physic*****y fit could perform this duty. When the work slowed down, ********** ***** assigned other tasks to *****.

Butchers had the job ***** sawing the beef and cutting it into a ***** of cuts of meats. They were ***** to stay on the line throughout the day and could not leave ********** generalized work area.

Change in **********

The job characteristics changed approximately eight years ago, when the warehouse became unionized. The employees with the most seniority were given the first choice of ***** position. The older men who had been with the company for years preferred the higher paying, less strenuous job of butcher. ***** re*****ing employees had no option o*****r than to become luggers.

Status Levels

The status levels among the warehouse were determined by different fact*****s. The butcher's position was considered the much more desirable ***** six ***** ago. The butchers were paid a higher salary to st***** in one area and cut the meat.

Luggers, however, had the hard job ***** carry*****g over ***** pounds of meat from railroad cars ***** the loading dock. Also, while the ***** made e*****ugh to support their families, ***** of the luggers had to ***** second *****s at night.


There were some fac*****rs th***** influenced group cohesiveness between luggers and butchers. They each had their own jobs to perform and ***** there was no competition between the two groups, leading to numerous friendships among the workers.

Time progressed and ***** ***** started to utilize a new port*****ble rail system that enabled them to make tips by unloaded fr***** *****. They no longer had ***** carry the heavy loads and ***** able to make more than the *****. This created disharmony among the two *****, that had originally been close. The luggers found if they worked together as a team, they could unload the freight cars faster and thus make more money in *****. This quickly lead ***** luggers to ***** a cohesive group, while the butchers st*****rted ***** associate mainly ***** themselves, as they found their position ***** ***** longer the high *****, ***** job it once w*****.


The employees ***** ***** ***** were at one time a close *****. When the union c*****me in, the ***** characteristics ***** *****


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