A Share of the Machine: Techno-Politics, Labor, & the Crisis of Postwar Automation

Awarded Scholars:
Kevin Dwyre, University of Delaware
Project Date:
May 2023
Award Amount:

This grant is co-funded with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Current discussions of automation often frame it as a phenomenon to which workers must adapt and adjust. However, labor organizations have previously fought to limit and control the implementation of automation. Doctoral student in political science Kevin Dwyre will examine how unions have historically negotiated automation and technological change in the workplace. He will conduct case studies on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the United Packinghouse Workers of American union, and the United Auto Workers unions for his study.


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