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Agitate! Educate! Organize!
American Labor Posters

Lincoln Cushing, Timothy W. Drescher
"We seek to inform as well as to celebrate. The best posters about American workers and the jobs at which they labor make up a visually fascinating body of work that rewards our attention. The posters were produced with a dual purpose: to entertain...

Amakudari
The Hidden Fabric of Japan's Economy

Richard A. Colignon, Chikako Usui
The widespread migration of civil servants to high-profile positions in the private and public sectors is known in Japan as amakudari, or "descent from heaven." Recent media stories associate the practice with corruption as the former officials seek...

Assembling Women
The Feminization of Global Manufacturing

Teri L. Caraway
Despite the massive influx of women into the labor force as a result of globalization, the gender inqualities at work have remained largely unchanged. This book addresses two related questions: What has prompted the feminization of manufacturing work...

Bedside Manners
Play and Workbook

Suzanne Gordon, Lisa Hayes, Scott Reeves
Foreword by Lucian L. Leape
A play about workplace relations among physicians, nurses, others who work in health care, and patients—and how their interaction affects the quality of patient care, for better or worse.

Behind the Kitchen Door

Saru Jayaraman
Foreword by Eric Schlosser
A groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out, focusing on the lives of restaurant workers in major cities across the United States.

Being Local Worldwide
ABB and the Challenge of Global Management

Edited by Jacques Bélanger, Christian Berggren, Torsten Björkman, Christoph Kähler
Fortune called Asea Brown Boveri, the giant multinational corporation created in 1987, "the most successful cross-border merger since Royal Dutch linked up with Britain's Shell in 1907." The coming together of two longtime national champions in the...

Between Craft and Science
Technical Work in the United States

Edited by Stephen R. Barley, Julian E. Orr
Between Craft and Science brings together leading scholars from sociology, anthropology, industrial relations, management, and engineering to consider issues surrounding technical work, the most rapidly expanding sector of the labor force. Part craft...

Beyond the Ruins
The Meanings of Deindustrialization

Foreword by Barry Bluestone
The immediate impact of deindustrialization—the suffering inflicted upon workers, their families, and their communities—has been widely reported by scholars and journalists. In this important volume, the authors seek to move discussion of America's...

The Caregiver
A Life with Alzheimer's

Aaron Alterra
Foreword by Arthur Kleinman
The Caregiver is an intelligent, beautifully reflective testimony to how family members turned caregivers become the ultimate advocates for their loved ones in the face of a disease with no cure.

Casino Women
Courage in Unexpected Places

Susan Chandler, Jill B. Jones
Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, and vice presidents, Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming.

Chinese Workers in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Anita Chan
Anita Chan argues that Chinese labor is too often viewed from a prism of exceptionalism and too rarely examined comparatively, even though valuable insights can be derived by analyzing China’s workforce and labor relations side by side with the systems of other nations.

Circles of Exclusion
The Politics of Health Care in Israel

Dani Filc
Foreword by Quentin Young
In its early years, Israel's dominant ideology led to public provision of health care for all Jewish citizens-regardless of their age, income, or ability to pay. However, the system has shifted in recent decades, becoming increasingly privatized and...

Class Lives
Stories from across Our Economic Divide

Edited by Chuck Collins, Jennifer Ladd, Maynard Seider, Felice Yeskel
This anthology of narratives dramatizing the lived experience of class in America includes forty original essays from authors who represent a range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and occupations across the United States. Together, these essays form a powerful narrative about the experience of class.

Code Green
Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing

Dana Beth Weinberg
Foreword by Suzanne Gordon
We are on the verge of the nation's worst nursing shortage in history. Dedicated nurses are leaving hospitals in droves, and there are not enough new recruits to the profession to meet demand. Even hospitals that were once very highly regarded for the...

Collective Bargaining in the Private Sector

Edited by Paul F. Clark, John T. Delaney, Ann C. Frost
Private-sector collective bargaining in the United States is under siege. Many factors have contributed to this situation, including the development of global markets, a continuing antipathy toward unions by managers, and the declining effectiveness...

Communities without Borders
Images and Voices from the World of Migration

David Bacon
Foreword by Douglas Harper, Carlos Muñoz, Jr.
When we finally arrived at my brother's house in the United States, I thought about how far I was from home in Mexico. I looked back, saw the sun setting, and thought about my father and what he might be doing. I thought, 'Why did I come so far, and...

The Comparative Political Economy of Industrial Relations

Edited by Lowell Turner, Kirsten S. Wever
The distinguished contributors to this volume discuss the global marketplace; labor movements and industrial restructuring; international trends in work organization in the auto industry; linkages between economic development strategies, industrial...

The Complexities of Care
Nursing Reconsidered

Edited by Sioban Nelson, Suzanne Gordon
"Nursing, everyone believes, is the caring profession. Texts on caring line the walls of nursing schools and student shelves. Indeed, the discipline of nursing is often known as the 'caring science.' Because of their caring reputation, nurses top the...

Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations

Edited by David Lewin
In Contemporary Issues in Industrial Relations, a large and diverse group of contributors provides a new thematic treatment of key employment relations issues. These topics include: collective bargaining, worker disability, the return to work...

Contingent Work
American Employment Relations in Transition

Edited by Kathleen Barker, Kathleen Christensen
The successful 1997 strike by the Teamsters against UPS, and the overwhelming support the American public gave the strikers highlighted the impact of contingent work—an umbrella term for a variety of tenuous and insecure employment arrangements such...

Converging Divergences
Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems

Harry C. Katz, Owen Darbishire
Exploring recent changes in employment practices in seven industrialized countries (Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States) and in two essential industries (automobile and telecommunications), Harry C. Katz and Owen...

Corporate Wasteland
The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization

Steven High, David W. Lewis
Deindustrialization is not simply an economic process, but a social and cultural one as well. The rusting detritus of our industrial past—the wrecked hulks of factories, abandoned machinery too large to remove, and now-useless infrastructures—has for...

Counter Culture
The American Coffee Shop Waitress

Candacy A. Taylor
"Career waitresses do more than just serve food. They are part psychiatrist, part grandmother, part friend, and they serve every walk of American life: from the retired and the widowed, to the wounded and the lonely, and from the working class to the...

Debating Rationality
Nonrational Aspects of Organizational Decision Making

Edited by Jennifer J. Halpern, Robert C. Stern
"Debating Rationality is a terrific collection of essays written by an obviously first rate set of scholars. Several recent books have attempted to make similar points, but this volume pushes the ideas in new directions, rather than simply restating...

The Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker

Theresa Serber Malkiel
Introduction by Françoise Basch
"It is splendid, finally, to have this novel back in print . . . . Nothing before or since has so successfully captured the political and emotional spirit of the women's strike of 1909."—Alice Kessler-Harris, Rutgers University

Dishonest Dollars
The Dynamics of White-Collar Crime

Terry L. Leap
In an environment where corporate scandals fill the headlines and ethics courses have suddenly become standard fare in business schools, Terry Leap offers welcome insights into and useful ways of thinking about a critical problem that permeates our...

Employee Pensions
Policies, Problems, and Possibilities

Edited by Teresa Ghilarducci, Christian E. Weller
This volume outlines a fresh view on pension plans from the perspective of both the employer and employee, describing the possibilities in American labor relations and in Congress to meet employers' needs to compete and to fulfill the enduring desire...

Employment Dispute Resolution and Worker Rights in the Changing Workplace

Edited by Adrienne E. Eaton, Jeffrey H. Keefe
Have the speed, informality, and low cost of the grievance and arbitration system deteriorated? Has the system become too adversarial? Has it lost its problem-solving character? This book examines the nature and degree of change in workplace dispute...

The Ethics of Human Resources and Industrial Relations

Edited by John W. Budd, James G. Scoville
"In the business and economic spheres, many of the most pressing ethical issues involve the employment relationship, such as the rights of employees versus shareholders, employee privacy and monitoring, whistleblowing, pay equity, discrimination...

European Unions
Labor's Quest for a Transnational Democracy

Roland Erne
Roland Erne's view of transnational trade union networks challenges the assertion that no realistic prospect exists for remedying the European Union's democratic deficit—that is, its domination by corporate interests and lack of a cohesive European...

The Experience of Retirement

Robert S. Weiss
Foreword by David J. Ekerdt
Retirement brings with it the promises of leisure and freedom as well as the risks of boredom and isolation. When retirees rid their schedules of anything resembling the kinds of obligations that once had been imposed by work, they will experience a...

Fighting for a Living Wage

Stephanie Luce
The living wage movement is considered by many to be the most interesting grassroots enterprise to emerge since the civil rights movement. Ten years after the first ordinance was passed in Baltimore, there are more than one hundred living wage...

Framed!
Labor and the Corporate Media

Christopher Martin
Christopher R. Martin argues that the mainstream news media (and the large corporations behind them) put the labor movement in a bad light even while avoiding the appearance of bias. Martin has found that the news media construct "common ground"...

Freelancing Expertise
Contract Professionals in the New Economy

Debra Osnowitz
Contract work is more important than ever—for better or for worse, depending on one's perspective. The security once implied by a full-time job with a stable employer is becoming rarer, thereby erasing one of the major distinctions between "freelance...

From Hire to Liar
The Role of Deception in the Workplace

David Shulman
"There are always clients to please, rules to subvert, difficult tasks to perform, work to shirk, and upward mobility to seek. . . . Most people with work experience have encountered at least some version of exaggerated resumes, exploitative bosses...

From Predators to Icons
Exposing the Myth of the Business Hero

Michel Villette, Catherine Vuillermot
Foreword by John R. Kimberly
In the popular imagination, the business media, and the schools of business and management that train new generations of entrepreneurs and executives, achieving extraordinary success in business is attributed to far-sighted individuals who have taken...

From the Ground Up
Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change

Carol Chetkovich, Frances Kunreuther
"Grassroots social-change organizations are a critical resource for progressive movement-building in the United States. They provide political education and sites for constituent engagement, and they are beginning to create networks across issues...

The Future of the Safety Net
Social Insurance and Employee Benefits

Edited by Sheldon Friedman, David Jacobs
Social insurance and employee benefits are key elements of society's safety net for workers. Social Security, although popular and successful, is under attack by critics who advocate privatization and benefit cuts. In health care, the United States...

Gainsharing and Power
Lessons from Six Scanlon Plans

Denis Collins
Denis Collins believes that participatory management systems are inevitable in democratic societies because they are ethically superior to authoritarian management systems. Managers must begin to share decision making and economic outcomes with their...

The Good Temp

Vicki Smith, Esther B. Neuwirth
Temporary agencies place approximately two and a half million people in jobs each day in the United States. Every year, about twelve million people use these placement agencies to find temporary work. Many Americans, even those who desire permanent...

Headhunters
Matchmaking in the Labor Market

William Finlay, James E. Coverdill
Headhunters—third-party agents paid a fee by companies for locating job candidates—perform a unique sales role. The product they sell is people, matching candidates with jobs and companies with candidates. Headhunters affect the professional lives of...

Healing Together
The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente

Thomas A. Kochan, Adrienne E. Eaton, Robert B. McKersie, Paul S. Adler
Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the country. It also happens to have the largest and most complex labor-management partnership ever created in the United States. This book tells the story of that partnership-how it...

Holding the Line
Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver's first non-fiction book is the story of women's lives transformed by an a signal event. Set in the small mining towns of Arizona, it explores the process of empowerment which occurs when people work together as a community.

If We Can Win Here
The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement

Fran Quigley
In If We Can Win Here, Fran Quigley tells the stories of janitors, fry cooks, and health care aides trying to fight their way to middle-class incomes in Indianapolis. He also chronicles the struggles of the union organizers with whom the workers have made common cause.

The ILO and the Quest for Social Justice, 1919–2009

Gerry Rodgers, Eddy Lee, Lee Swepston, Jasmien Van Daele
Copublished with the International Labour Organization This book tells the story of the International Labour Organization, founded in 1919 in the belief that universal and lasting peace goes hand in hand with social justice. Since then the ILO has...

Immigration and American Unionism

Vernon M. Briggs, Jr.
In the year 2000 the AFL-CIO announced a historic change in its position on immigration. Reversing a decades-old stance by labor, the federation declared that it would no longer press to reduce high immigration levels or call for rigorous enforcement...

Industrial and Labor Relations Terms
A Glossary

Robert W. Doherty
A popular reference book, this bulletin gives definitions and historical background for nearly 300 frequently used words, phrases, and acronyms. It has been revised to reflect recent developments in labor relations and is extensively...

Industrial Valley

Ruth McKenney
Introduction by Daniel Nelson
This novel vividly portrays an industrial city crippled by the country's economic failures and also provides a stirring example of fiction predicated on social and political principles

An Introduction to Labor Law

Michael Evan Gold
A useful and course-tested primer that explains the basic principles of the federal law regulating the relationship of employers to labor unions, now in its third edition.

Introduction to the Law of Employment Discrimination

Michael Evan Gold
This new edition of An Introduction to the Law of Employment Discrimination summarizes the federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability.

It's about Time
Couples and Careers

Edited by Phyllis Moen
How do two-career couples manage in a one-career world? It's about Time examines this mismatch between outdated scripts and the experiences of dual-earner couples. It broadens our understanding of occupational and family career strategies couples...

Japan Works
Power and Paradox in Postwar Industrial Relations

John Price
The postwar miracle, says John Price, made Japan and its corporations the toast of the global village, with scholars across the United States pointing to Japan as the model for future enterprise. The economic bubble burst, however, in 1989, and Price...

Just Another Car Factory?
Lean Production and Its Discontents

James Rinehart, Christopher Huxley, David Robertson
This study of CAMI Automotive, a unionized joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of a lean production plant. James Rinehart, Christopher Huxley, and David Robertson address a topic that has inspired...

Kremlin Capitalism
Privatizing the Russian Economy

Joseph R. Blasi, Maya Kroumova, Douglas Kruse
Foreword by Andrei Shleifer
The first book to describe Russia's massive economic transformation for an American audience, Kremlin Capitalism provides a wealth of data and analyses not previously available in this country. The authors articulate the political and economic goals...

Labor Guide to Labor Law

Bruce S. Feldacker, Michael J. Hayes
A comprehensive survey of labor law in the private sector, written from the labor perspective for labor relations students and for unions and their members, now in its fifth edition.

Labor Relations in a Globalizing World

Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan, Alexander J. S. Colvin
This is the first textbook to focus on the workplace outcomes of the production of goods and services in emerging countries.

Life Support
Three Nurses on the Front Lines

Suzanne Gordon
Foreword by Claire M. Fagin
Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston—a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit—providing a vivid, engaging, and intimate portrait of the importance of nurses in patients' lives.

Making Mondragón
The Growth and Dynamics of the Worker Cooperative Complex

William Foote Whyte, Kathleen King Whyte
Making Mondragón is a groundbreaking look at the history of worker ownership in the Spanish cooperative. First published in 1988, it remains the best source for those looking to glean a rich body of ideas for potential adaptation and implementation elsewhere from Mondragón's long and varied experience.

Manufacturing Advantage
Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off

Eileen Appelbaum, Thomas Bailey, Peter Berg, Arne L. Kalleberg
Much of the hoopla surrounding quality circles, teams, and high-performance work systems has been based on anecdotes and very thin evidence. It has not been established that those employee involvement strategies amount to anything more than another...

Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory
Women Scientists Speak Out

Edited by Emily Monosson
The personal stories that comprise Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory not only show the many ways in which women can successfully combine motherhood and a career in science but also address and redefine what it means to be a successful scientist.

Moving Up in the New Economy
Career Ladders for U.S. Workers

Joan Fitzgerald
"The United States used to be a country where ordinary people could expect to improve their economic condition as they moved through life. For millions of us, this is no longer the case. Many Americans today have a lower standard of living as adults...

Mutual Aid and Union Renewal
Cycles of Logics of Action

Samuel B. Bacharach, Peter A. Bamberger, William J. Sonnenstuhl
The ongoing decline in union membership is generally attributed to an increasingly hostile economic, legal, and managerial environment. Samuel B. Bacharach, Peter A. Bamberger, and William J. Sonnenstuhl argue that the decline may have more to do with...

Negotiations and Change
From the Workplace to Society

Edited by Thomas A. Kochan, David B. Lipsky
Major changes within and between organizations are now generally negotiated by the parties that have a stake in the consequences of the changes. This was not always so. In 1965, with A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations, Richard Walton and Robert...

New Approaches to Disability in the Workplace

Edited by Terry Thomason, John F. Burton, Jr., Douglas Hyatt
This volume examines questions related to the prevention, compensation, and accommodation of work disabilities. It focuses on disabilities arising out of workplace...

New Labor in New York
Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement

Edited by Ruth Milkman, Ed Ott
This volume comprises thirteen fine-grained case studies of recent campaigns by worker centers and unions to organize the new "precariat" class of workers and to address the crisis facing the labor movement, each of which is based on original research and participant observation.

The New Rank and File

Edited by Staughton Lynd, Alice Lynd
Much has changed for workers in the years since Staughton and Alice Lynd's classic Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers was first published in 1973. The New Rank and File presents interviews with working-class organizers of...

New Working-Class Studies

Edited by John Russo, Sherry Lee Linkon
This book brings together historians, economists, geographers, sociologists, and scholars of literature and cultural studies to explore the emerging discipline of working-class studies and identify its key themes and issues.

The Next Upsurge
Labor and the New Social Movements

Dan Clawson
The U.S. labor movement may be on the verge of massive growth, according to Dan Clawson. He argues that unions don't grow slowly and incrementally, but rather in bursts. Even if the AFL-CIO could organize twice as many members per year as it now...

No Small Change
Pension Funds and Corporate Engagement

Tessa Hebb
In No Small Change, Tessa Hebb examines the ability of pension funds, now the largest single driver of financial markets around the world, to use their ownership position to change corporate practices for the sake of the bottom line and, perhaps...

Nobody's Home
Candid Reflections of a Nursing Home Aide

Thomas Edward Gass
Foreword by Bruce C. Vladeck
"At present nursing homes are designed . . . like outmoded zoos. Residents are kept in small rooms, emotionally isolated. Occasionally they are visited by family members who reach through the bars and offer them treats. Aides keep their bodies clean...

Nonstandard Work
The Nature and Challenges of Emerging Employment Arrangements

Edited by Françoise Carré, Marianne A. Ferber, Lonnie Golden, Stephen A. Herzenberg
In recent years, much attention has focused on the growth of nonstandard and contingent employment (including part-time work) which involves up to 30 percent of the total U.S. labor force. There is little agreement on either the causes or the effects...

Not for Bread Alone
A Memoir

Moe Foner, Dan North
Foreword by Ossie Davis
"Foner often let others take credit, but with his names and telephone numbers he was the man to call—and take a call from. He was a champion of civil rights and civil liberties and an early and strong opponent of the Vietnam War when that was rare...

Notes from Toyota-land
An American Engineer in Japan

Darius Mehri
Foreword by Robert Perrucci
In 1996, Darius Mehri traveled to Japan to work as a computer simulation engineer within the Toyota production system. Once there, he found a corporate experience far different from what he had expected. Notes from Toyota-land, based on a diary that...

Notes on Nightingale
The Influence and Legacy of a Nursing Icon

Edited by Sioban Nelson, Anne Marie Rafferty
Florence Nightingale and her place in nursing history and in contemporary nursing discourse is a topic of continuing interest for nursing students, teachers, and professional associations. This book offers new scholarship on her work and legacy.

Nurses on the Move
Migration and the Global Health Care Economy

Mireille Kingma
South African nurses care for patients in London, hospitals recruit Filipino nurses to Los Angeles, and Chinese nurses practice their profession in Ireland. In every industrialized country of the world, patients today increasingly find that the nurses...

On the Front Line
Organization of Work in the Information Economy

Stephen Frenkel, Marek Korczynski, Karen A. Shire, May Tam
The importance of customer service is widely emphasized in business today. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the organization and dynamics of front-line work. The volume is based on a four-year study of over a thousand employees and...

One Day Longer
A Memoir

Lynn Williams
Lynn Williams remains one of the most influential North American union leaders of the twentieth century.One Day Longer is a profound reflection of Williams's impressive career.

Organizing to Win
New Research on Union Strategies

Edited by Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard W. Hurd, Rudolph A. Oswald, Ronald L. Seeber
At a time when the American labor movement is mobilizing for a major resurgence through new organizing, here, at last, is a book about research on union organizing strategies. Previous studies have focused on factors contributing to union decline...

Paradise Laborers
Hotel Work in the Global Economy

Patricia A. Adler, Peter H. Adler
Resorts have become important to American society and its economy; one in eight Americans is now employed by the tourism industry. Yet despite the ubiquity of hotels, little has been written about those who labor there. Drawing on eight years of...

Pioneering
Poems from the Construction Site

Susan Eisenberg
Poems in this volume bring readers through the construction site gate alongside the women who practice a skilled trade in a dangerous industry. Assured and impassioned, the poems not only manifest outer events and day-to-day realities of the worksite...

Power in Coalition
Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change

Amanda Tattersall
Tattersall argues that coalition success must be measured by two criteria: whether campaigns produce social change and whether they sustain organizational strength. The book contributes new, practical frameworks and insights to guide unions globally.

Promise Unfulfilled
Unions, Immigration, and the Farm Workers

Philip L. Martin
In 1975, after vigorous campaigning by the United Farm Workers union, the state of California passed the Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA), a pioneering self-help strategy granting farm workers the right to organize into unions. A quarter...

Public Sector Employment in a Time of Transition

Edited by Dale Belman, Morley Gunderson, Douglas Hyatt
The public sector seems to be in the early stages of a profound transition, similar in scale to the transformation of private sector industrial relations in the 1970s and 1980s. This volume analyzes elements in what is variously described as...

Putting Work in Its Place
A Quiet Revolution

Peter Meiksins, Peter Whalley
Most books on the subject of work focus on the increased amount of time Americans spend on the job. Peter Meiksins and Peter Whalley address the counter-trend, examining the difficult path traversed by people who choose to work less than the standard...

Ravenswood
The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor

Tom Juravich, Kate Bronfenbrenner
Over the past two decades, Americans have seen their workplaces downsized and streamlined, their jobs out-sourced, sped up, and, all too often, eliminated. Unions have seemed powerless to defend their members, with big defeats in the strikes at PATCO...

Reading Classes
On Culture and Classism in America

Barbara Jensen
In Reading Classes, Barbara Jensen explores the anguish caused by class in our society, identifying classism--or anti–working class prejudice--as a central factor in the reproduction of inequality in America.

The Real World of Employee Ownership

John Logue, Jacquelyn Yates
Foreword by William Greider
Using data from an extensive study of employee-owned companies in Ohio, where employee ownership is a well-developed trend, this book offers a strong empirical portrait of firms with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). It describes how these plans...

Rebuilding Labor
Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement

Edited by Ruth Milkman, Kim Voss
"In order to recruit new members on a scale that would be required to significantly rebuild union power, unions must fundamentally alter their internal organizational practices. This means creating more organizer positions on the staff; developing...

Research Frontiers in Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Edited by David Lewin, Olivia S. Mitchell, Peter D. Sherer
Assessing scholarly work done in the 1980s, the editors discuss four major areas of research: unions, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution; human resource management; labor market research; and the regulation of industrial relations and human...

The Sex of Class
Women Transforming American Labor

Edited by Dorothy Sue Cobble
Women now comprise the majority of the working class. Yet this fundamental transformation has gone largely unnoticed. This book is about how the sex of workers matters in understanding the jobs they do, the problems they face at work, and the new...

She Was One of Us
Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker

Brigid O'Farrell
Although born to a life of privilege and married to the President of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a staunch and lifelong advocate for workers and, for more than twenty-five years, a proud member of the AFL-CIO's Newspaper Guild. She Was...

Sizing Down
Chronicle of a Plant Closing

Louise Moser Illes
"As a slice of history, docudrama and how-to manual, Sizing Down is top-notch. Illes was human resources manager at the Signetics semiconductor plant in Orem, Utah, when, in January 1992, she was notified that the plant would close at the end of the...

Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits
A Century of Building Trades History

Grace Palladino
Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits follows the history of the Building and Construction Trades Department from the emergence of building trades councils in the age of the skyscraper; through treacherous fights over jurisdiction as new building materials...

The State of Working America

Lawrence Mishel, Josh Bivens, Elise Gould, Heidi Shierholz
"The State of Working America remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's economy."—Robert B. Reich

The State of Working America, 2006/2007

Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, Sylvia Allegretto
Praise for previous editions of The State of Working America: "The State of Working America remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's...

The State of Working America, 2008/2009

Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, Heidi Shierholz
The State of Working America, prepared biennially since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, taxes, unemployment, wealth, and poverty.

Steelworker Alley
How Class Works in Youngstown

Robert Bruno
For retired steelworkers in Youngstown, Ohio, the label "working class" fits comfortably. Questioning the widely held view that laborers in postwar America have adopted middle-class values, Robert Bruno shows that in this community a blue-collar...

Strategic Negotiations
A Theory of Change in Labor-Management Relations

Richard E. Walton, Joel E. Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Robert B. McKersie
Strategic Negotiations makes a significant contribution to the literature on strategic choice (the explicit structuring by management and labor of business and bargaining strategies that use the economic and political environment as a framework to...

Surgeons and the Scope

James R. Zetka
In Surgeons and the Scope, James R. Zetka Jr. describes the impact of the video laparoscope on the work lives of contemporary surgeons. The video laparoscope allows surgeons to peer into the inner abdomen with a miniaturized camera, thereby enabling...

Taking Back the Workers' Law
How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights

Ellen Dannin
Foreword by David E. Bonior
Prolabor critics often question the effectiveness of the National Labor Relations Board. Some go so far as to call the Board labor's enemy number one. In a daring book that is sure to be controversial, Ellen Dannin argues that the blame actually lies...

Talking about Machines
An Ethnography of a Modern Job

Julian E. Orr
This is a story of how work gets done. It is also a study of how field service technicians talk about their work and how that talk is instrumental in their success. In his innovative ethnography, Julian E. Orr studies the people who repair...

Taxi!
Cabs and Capitalism in New York City

Biju Mathew
"Mathew, as a member of the Organizing Committee of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, has a unique perspective on the plight of immigrant taxi drivers. . . . Mathew explores the history of New York's taxicab industry, which has been in a cycle of...

Temps
The Many Faces of the Changing Workplace

Jackie Krasas Rogers
Now firmly established as fixtures of the American workplace, temporary employees constitute a much-discussed but still poorly understood segment of the labor force. In this consciousness-raising book, Jackie Krasas Rogers explores the realities of...

Theoretical Perspectives on Work and the Employment Relationship

Edited by Bruce Kaufman
Developing a strong theoretical base for research and practice in industrial relations and human resource management has to date remained a largely unfulfilled challenge. This pioneering volume helps close the theory gap by presenting contributions...

The Thought of Work

John W. Budd
By drawing explicit attention to diverse, implicit meanings of work, The Thought of Work allows us to better understand work, to value it, and to structure it in desirable ways that reflect its profound importance.

Transnational Cooperation among Labor Unions

Edited by Michael E. Gordon, Lowell Turner
Organized labor faces enormous challenges in the increasingly global economy. The effect of multinational corporations, the portability of technology and capital, and lowered trade barriers in international commerce have all sparked widespread...

The Triangle Fire

Leon Stein
Introduction by William Greider
March 25, 2011, marks the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 garment workers lost their lives. This centennial edition includes a new foreword, and a list of all the victims' names and addresses at the time of their deaths.

Unexpected Power
Conflict and Change among Transnational Activists

Shareen Hertel
U.S. human rights advocacy has long focused on civil and political rights-issues such as torture, censorship, and lack of democratic freedoms abroad. In the 1990s a series of high-profile anti-sweatshop and fair-trade campaigns shifted the spotlight...

Union Voices
Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing

Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, Edmund Heery
This book evaluates how British labor unions fared in the political and institutional context created by Great Britain's New Labour government between 1997 and 2010.

Unions and Legitimacy

Gary N. Chaison, Barbara J. Bigelow
Legitimacy is vital to unions. Without it, they lose political and ideological support, members, and access to funds. Gary Chaison and Barbara Bigelow use the concept of legitimacy as a lens through which to understand the steady decline in union size...

Unknotting the Heart
Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China

Jie Yang
As China has downsized and privatized its state-owned enterprises, severe unemployment has created a new class of urban poor and widespread social and psychological disorders. In Unknotting the Heart, Jie Yang examines this understudied group of workers and their experiences of being laid off, "counseled," and then reoriented to the market economy.

Unwelcome and Unlawful
Sexual Harassment in the American Workplace

Raymond F. Gregory
Nearly every American woman will, at some point during her working life, be sexually harassed, according to Raymond F. Gregory, a lawyer specializing in employment and discrimination law. Unwelcome and Unlawful provides information for those victims...

Up in the Air
How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees

Greg J. Bamber, Jody Hoffer Gittell, Thomas A. Kochan, Andrew Von Nordenflycht
Using a mix of quantitative evidence and qualitative studies of airlines from North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Up in the Air provides clear and realistic strategies for achieving a better, more equitable balance competing interests.

Urban Flow
Bike Messengers and the City

Jeffrey L. Kidder
In Urban Flow, Jeffrey L. Kidder introduces readers to the fascinating subculture of bike messengers, exploring its appeal as well as its uncertainties and dangers.

The Vanishing Physician-Scientist?

Edited by Dr. Andrew I. Schafer
In this book, leading physician-scientists and academic physicians examine the problem from a variety of perspectives: historical, demographic, scientific, cultural, sociological, and economic.

Walmart in China

Edited by Anita Chan
What happens when the world's biggest retailer and the world's biggest country do business with each other? In this book, a group of thirteen experts from several disciplines examine the symbiotic but strained relationship between these giants.

What Workers Say
Employee Voice in the Anglo-American Workplace

Edited by Peter Boxall, Richard B. Freeman, Peter Haynes
This book brings together research in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to answer a series of key questions: * What opportunities do employees in Anglo-American workplaces have to voice their concerns...

What Workers Want

Richard B. Freeman, Joel Rogers
Praise for the first edition: "This very valuable book reports the results of a large-scale and complex survey aimed at understanding the preferences of employees regarding workplace governance and their attitudes toward the three key institutions in...

When Doctors Join Unions

Grace Budrys
Current and anticipated changes in this country's health care system are likely to add momentum to the physicians' union movement, according to Grace Budrys. She documents the emergence and development of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists...

Worker Centers
Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream

Janice Fine
Low-wage workers in the United States face obstacles including racial and ethnic discrimination, a pervasive lack of wage enforcement, misclassification of their employment, and for some, their status as undocumented immigrants. In the past, political...

Workers' Rights as Human Rights

Edited by James A. Gross
Until recently, the international human rights movement and nongovernmental organizations, human rights scholars, and even labor organizations and advocates have given little attention to worker rights as human rights. James A. Gross finds, however...

The Working Class Majority
America's Best Kept Secret

Michael Zweig
In the second edition of his essential book Michael Zweig warns that by allowing the working class to disappear into categories of "middle class" or "consumers," we also allow those with the dominant power, capitalists, to vanish among the rich.

Working for Justice
The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy

Edited by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, Victor Narro
Working for Justice features eleven case studies of recent low-wage worker organizing campaigns in Los Angeles, making the case for a distinctive "L.A. Model" of union and worker center organizing.

Working from the Margins
Voices of Mothers in Poverty

Virginia E. Schein
Virginia E. Schein shatters the stereotype of mothers on welfare. The women she interviewed in cities, towns, and rural areas talked to her about their deep committment to the children they are raising in poverty, about the abuse they have endured...

A World of Work
Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs

Foreword by Jean Lave
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Parisian street magician? A fish farmer in Norway? A costume designer in Bollywood? This playful and accessible book looks at different types of work around the world.