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Strikes, Scabs and Tread Separations: Labor Strife and the Production of Defective Bridgestone/Firestone Tires

Alan Krueger and Alexandre Mas

No 869, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper provides a case study of the effect of labor relations on product quality. We consider whether a long, contentious strike and the hiring of replacement workers at Bridgestone/Firestone’s Decatur plant in the mid-1990s contributed to the production of defective tires. Using several independent data sources, and looking before and after the strike and across plants, we find that labor strife at the Decatur plant closely coincided with lower product quality. Monthly data suggest that defects were particularly high around the time concessions were demanded and when large numbers of replacement workers and returning strikers worked side by side.

Keywords: Bridgestone/Firestone; product quality; labor relations; strike (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J5 M5 M1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-09
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Published in: Journal of Political Economy, 2004, 112 (2), 253-289

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