The sociological understandings of both cooperation and resistance at work are complex.
This article contributes to knowledge about dialectic tensions concerning both collaborative
and conflictual workforce orientations in the context of a ‘pre-arranged’ union-management
partnership agreement. It reports unofficial workforce militancy in opposition to both
management and union policy regarding a socially constructed cooperative work regime. The
article advances a ‘radical pluralist’ analysis to understand the formation of worker interests and
attendant workforce orientations within capitalism.