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A Savage Factory: An Eyewitness Account of the Auto Industry's Self-Destruction by Robert J. Dewar
Description: 'A Savage Factory' is my memoir of spending six years as a foreman and general foreman in Zone 3 of Ford Motor Company's Sharonville Transmission Plant. It begins the day I started at Ford and ends the day I left Ford. It puts you in the middle of the neverending war between management and the UAW. It shows you, machine by machine, employee by employee, and component by component, the building of C-4 automatic transmissions that eventually resulted in the largest recall in automotive history. It takes you on a journey to try and change the way auto plants are managed, which put me under the care of a psychiatric hosptial. It walks you through the thick jungle of sexual harassment female employees endured before the term "sexual harassment" was coined. It shows you the weak safety rules that destroyed men's hearing and damaged their lungs. It puts you in my shoes as I attempted to break free of corporate tyranny by working enough overtime to save money to fund my own business. The book ends when American car buyers overwhelmingly choose better built, more reliable foreign imports, as the Big Three fights to avoid having to lay in the bed they spent 30 years making.
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