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This article investigates an early case of the institutionalization of insecurity by examining labor-management struggles over capital mobility at the General Electric Company (GE) in Schenectady, NY during the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, GE expanded production in the US South and Southwest, reducing employment in Northern plant communities. In the union stronghold of Schenectady, GE's strategic use of the emergent 'business climate' concept undermined union power to resist employmentdoi:10.1093/ser/mwab017 fatcat:duadpmethzhsdp7xjki3rca7ui