Sweat

by

Lynn Nottage

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Concession Term Analysis

Concessions are a form of collective bargaining in which a union agrees to certain stipulations (such as lower pay) in order for workers to secure their employment. In Sweat, Cynthia and Brucie warn the floor workers at Olstead’s Steel Tubing that they’ll have to accept concessions if they want to end the company lockout and get their jobs back.
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Concession Term Timeline in Sweat

The timeline below shows where the term Concession appears in Sweat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 7
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
Economic Strain and Race Relations Theme Icon
...Jason that this is only the first step; he advises them to take the small concessions they’re offered before there’s a lockout and temporary labor is brought in. This is the... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
Economic Strain and Race Relations Theme Icon
...is going to renegotiate the floor workers’ contracts, and they’re prepared to fight for significant concessions. Tracey says that they’re not afraid to strike in response, and Jason and Chris agree.... (full context)
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
Relationships, Status, and Resentment Theme Icon
...break down what’s going to happen: floor workers will take a 60-percent pay cut and concessions on their benefits to save jobs, and Olstead’s will lock them out if they don’t... (full context)