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Building a Power B*****se

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.

Introduction

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

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

Original Characteristic ***** the Jobs

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

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

***** in Characteristics

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

Status Levels

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

Luggers, however, had the hard job ***** carrying over 200 pounds of meat from railroad cars to ***** loading dock. Also, while the ***** made enough to support ***** families, ***** ***** the luggers had to ***** second ***** at night.

*****

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

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

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The ***** of ***** warehouse were at one time a ***** group. When the union c*****me in, ***** job characteristics changed and

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