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Fucini, Joseph J. and Suzy Fucini, Working for the Japanese: Inside Mazda’s American Auto Plant  (Free Press, New York, 1990)

Discussion of the processes and problems for unionized American auto workers at the wholly-owned Japanese auto plant, including the problems faced by workers with both the Japanese management and the UAW.

Heckscher, Charles C., The New Unionism: Employee Involvement in the Changing Corporation  (Basic Books, New York, 1988)

This book argues for a basic restructuring of unionism, giving employees a voice in corporate decisions that affect them.

Katz, Harry C., and Owen Darbishire, Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1999)

This book explores the impact of globalization on employment relations, illuminating both similarities and differences within advanced industrial economies.  It examines recent changes in employment practices in the automotive and telecommunications industries in seven industrialized countries (Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the United States).  These complex changes are linked to the decline of unions and growing inequality of income as collective bargaining becomes increasingly decentralized around the world. 

Katz, Harry C., Shifting Gears: Changing Labor Relations in the U.S. Automobile Industry  (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1985)

A study of labor-management relations at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler that investigates whether the changes in labor relations adopted in the auto industry are a temporary response to economic problems or a new pattern of behavior.  It combines historical, case and statistical analysis to look at past and contemporary events and to indicate the likely future course of auto bargaining.

Kochan, Thomas A., Harry C. Katz, and Robert B. McKersie, The Transformation of American Industrial Relations (Basic Books, New York, 1986)

This book presents the first comprehensive account of the recent transformation of the New Deal system of collective bargaining that dominated in the U.S. for more than 40 years.  It also presents a new dynamic model of industrial relations that defines some of the strategic choices that lie ahead for labor unions, managements and government regulators as they adapt to new technologies, competitive pressures and social concerns.

Turner, Lowell, Democracy at Work: Changing World Markets and the Future of Labor Unions  (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1991)

This book analyzes the political effects of new work organization on labor and management through case studies of plant-level labor relations in U.S. and German auto plants.

Voos, Paula B. and Adrienne Eaton, “Unions and Contemporary Innovations in Work Organization, Compensation, and Employee Participation,” in L. Mighel and P. Voos, eds., Unions and Economic Competitiveness (M.E. Sharpe, Inc., New York, 1992)

This article describes the nature of the efforts of recent experimentation in work organization, compensation systems and labor-management relations in the U.S., to increase productivity and improve firm financial performance, focusing on organized labor’s response to and role in them.

Bibliographies and Indexes 

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations pamphlets, 1889-1955: A Bibliography and Subject Index to the Pamphlets held in the AFL-CIO Library. Woodbridge, Mark E. ed. Greenwood Press, 1977.

Index to Labor Periodicals, New York: Labor Research Department, Rand School of Social Science, 1926-1927; later Index to Labor Articles, New York: Labor Research Department, Rand School of Social Science, 1928-1953.

Labor History Archives in the United States: A Guide for Research and Teaching, Leab, Daniel J. and Philip P. Mason. Wayne State University Press, 1992.

State Labor Proceedings: A Bibliography of the AFL-CIO, and AFL-CIO proceedings 1884 - 1974, held in the AFL-CIO Library, Fink, Gary M. ed. Greenwood Press, 1975

The U.S. Labor Movement: References and Resources, Stern, Robert and Cornfield, Daniel. Simon & Schuster McMillan, 1996. Bibliography.

University of Michigan Index to Labor Union Periodicals, Ann Arbor: Bureau of Industrial Relations, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1960-1966.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias 

Filippelli, Ronald L., Ed., Labor Conflict in the United States: An Encyclopedia, Garland Reference Library of the Social Sciences, Vol. 697 (Garland Publishing, 1990)

World Wide Web Resources 

ITC Infobases
Data and statistics available by topic, country, information about working with the data.   Contains maps showing environmental and other data.  Also current news, and links to other resources.

Great source of data and statistics

Reporting on NAFTA, Mercosur, the FTAA and trade policy in the Americas from Inside Washington Publishers.  This is a selection of articles from a recent edition of AmericasTrade, a biweekly newsletter based in the Washington, DC area.

NAFTA Contains a NAFTA policy overview, the impact and analysis of NAFTA, and links to international trade resources.

NAFTA Resources
Contains links to NAFTA resources.

Industrial Relations Resources
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (CAW-Canada)

UAW – Ford National Programs Center

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