HUMAN RELATIONS: The Worker Speaks

What do U.S. industrial workers really think about their companies and unions?

The Rev. Theodore V. Purcell, a Jesuit and assistant professor of industrial relations at Chicago's Loyola University, set out in 1949 to get answers to the question from the workers themselves. With the cooperation of both company and union, he spent 44 months talking to Swift & Co. meat-packing workers in Chicago's Pack-ingtown. Father Purcell became known as "the Packinghouse Padre" and (from wearing a white coat to meet sanitation rules) "the White-Frocked Priest."

Last week the Packinghouse Padre's findings reached bookstores in a notable 344-page study entitled The...

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