Company town


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Company town

Towns that were established at or near the raw materials for the manufacturing processes that the company owned, such as the coal mining towns in the south around the eighteenth century. Some provided homes, recreational halls, churches, hospitals, and stores for the workers.

company town

A community whose inhabitants depend predominantly on a single company for their employment and for many of their personal and family needs. The company may own and provide housing, schools, shopping facilities, recreational facilities, as well as church and library facilities for its workers and their families.
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An enterprise union's organizational capacity is influenced by whether it operates company towns: industrial unions composed of enterprise unions with company towns have a higher capacity to mobilize votes.
Neil White, Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
history, has written a breezy history of company towns that existed in many parts of the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Silicon Valley area, with its concentrated need for a unique mixture of labor, started as a kind of company town, growing to support the specific needs of HP, Intel, and other technology pioneers, but the region quickly evolved into a unique commercial ecosystem that included a local government able to provide the necessary services.
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For a few months that summer we lived in a company town. I did not know what that meant at the time.
It is typical behaviour from an overbearing organisation that seems to think this is a company town in which it can throw its weight in whatever way it likes, grabbing anything that will help feed its appetite for cash.
The island's only settlement, Matthew Town, is essentially a company town where Morton even operates a general store.
Story, sociologist and labor expert Ruth Milkman explains how Los Angeles, once known as a company town hostile to labor, became a hotbed of unionism, and how immigrant workers emerged as the unlikely leaders in the battle for workers' rights.