Wintermyer provided its 30 foremen
with laptops so that they can enter daily time card information into Heavy Job out in the field.
This was the not-so-noble and not-so heroic manliness where men individually or collectively cursed, threatened, and fought with each other and with their shop foremen
In an extraordinary piece of journalism, reporter Gardiner Harris supplemented the statistical analysis with interviews with foremen
and workers who describe how the coal companies cheated on the dust sampling tests.
Now, he said, foremen
are asked to be facilitators, coaches and mentors.
But the author makes a convincing case that gender stereotypes more generally, and not just the narrow self-interest of craftsmen, proved decisive in inspiring industrialists, government officials, production engineers, and foremen
to propagate a vision of rationalized production that trapped women in low-wage, low skilled jobs.