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Labor Unions

Introduction

Summer 2010

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Collective Bargaining, Labor Relations, and Labor Unions

This guide will point you to resources that can be used to retrieve information about labor unions and unionization in the United States and in other countries. This guide lists both free and subscription resources that are found on the Internet or in the Catherwood Library at Cornell University.

Keywords - labor unions, trade unions, labor organizations

By Susan LaCette

Starting Points

DigitalCommons@ILR--Collective Bargaining Agreement Collection

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cba/

The Catherwood Library provides full text of many recent collective bargaining agreements through its DigitalCommons@ILR repository.  The Collective Bargaining Collection consists of recent contracts that were on file with the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  The collection reflects recent, but not usually current contracts.  Full text of these contracts can be searched from within the document and from the Internet.   

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

http://www.nlrb.gov

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers or to refrain from all such activity. Generally applying to all employers involved in interstate commerce--other than airlines, railroads, agriculture, and government--the Act implements the national labor policy of assuring free choice and encouraging collective bargaining as a means of maintaining industrial peace. Through the years, Congress has amended the Act and the Board and courts have developed a body of law drawn from the statute.
Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

Union Labor Report: A Guide to Union Rights and Responsibilities Explaining the Rules of Union Organizing, Collective Bargaining, Strikes, and Day-by-Day Shop Problems Under Federal and State Law

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=union+labor+report+a+guide&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference HD6495.U5 B9

Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, D.C.) (editors). Washington: 1954.

A guide to union rights and responsibilities--explaining the rules of union organizing, collective bargaining, strikes, and day-by-day shop problems under federal and state law. This source is very comprehensive and could provide an overview of the U. S. labor movement.

ILR School (Cornell): Labor Unions and the Internet (Catherwood Library)

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/research/subjectGuides/laborUnionsInternet.html

This very popular guide was designed as a guide for labor union members. Find information about unions, organizing, labor history, employment, and more.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=Trade+Unions+in+Western+Europe+since+1945&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference HD6657 .E335 2000; accompanying CD-Rom.

Ebbinghaus,Bernhard and Jelle Visser (editors). London; New York: Macmillan Reference; Grove's Dictionaries, 2000.

This reference traces the evolution of trade unions in Europe over the later half of the 20th Century. It provides a country overview of the union movement, chronologies, and membership tables. Use the accompanying CD-Rom to create custom spreadsheets from the wealth of data in the handbook.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Handbook%20of%20U%2ES%2E%20Labor%20Statistics%20%3A%20Employment&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=3

ILR Reference HD8051 .H36

Lanham, Md., USA: Bernan Press, 1997.

Description based on 1967 edition.

This irregular publication from the BLS contained tables on Unions and Industrial Relations. The 1967 Handbook contained information on union density by state and industry, type of employer bargaining units (single, multiemployer, etc.), work stoppages, NLRB cases, etc.. In recent years, the Handbook of Labor Statistics continues as a Bernan publication.

Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Historical%20Dictionary%20of%20Organized%20Labor&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=7

ILR Reference HD4839 .D58 2004
ILR Kheel Center HD4839 .D58 2004

Docherty, J. C. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2004.

Brief entries cover most countries, international as well as national labor organizations, major labor unions, leaders, and other aspects of labor movements.  Includes annotated listing of Web sites, a glossary, lists of leaders, and union membership statistics.

Labor Unions

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Labor%20Unions&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=10

ILR Reference HD 6508.L24
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 6508.L24

Fink, Gary M. (Editor) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1977.

Vol I of Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions Series.

Contains more than two hundred historical sketches of American unions, selected according to their longevity, historical significance, and influence on the labor movement as a whole. A useful tool as a quick but informative reference guide.

Roberts' Dictionary of Industrial Relations

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/234392

ILR Reference HD 4839.R61 1994
ILR Kheel Center HD 4839.R61 1994

A limited preview or this dictionary is available through Google Books

Roberts, Harold Selig and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Industrial Relations Center (editors). Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, 1994.

This dictionary provides an authoritative definition of key labor and industrial relations terms. Each term is thoroughly referenced.

Databases

ABI/Inform (ProQuest Direct Web: 1971- )

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/umia/akx9769

Cornell University community only

ABI/Inform (from Proquest), an extensive international business and management database, contains bibliographic citations, abstracts, and full text of articles appearing in professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines published worldwide.

ABI/Inform covers the areas of accounting, banking, computers, economics, engineering management, communications, finance, health care, human resources, insurances, international trends, labor relations, law, management, marketing, organizational behavior, public administration, real estate, taxation, transportation.

BNA: Union Labor Report Newsletter

http://news.bna.com/ulln/

ILR School community only

Database includes timely updates on significant legal, legislative, and regulatory developments affecting the workplace, as well as useful insights on union organizing, representation, and administration.

Find print issues at ILR Reference HD6490.S5 U58.

Business Source Complete

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/6576918

Cornell University community only

Ipswich, MA: EBSCO Publishing.

Business Source Complete, which includes all journals covered in Business Source Premier, provides full text for scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.
DigitalCommons@ILR--Collective Bargaining Agreement Collection

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cba/

The Catherwood Library provides full text of many recent collective bargaining agreements through its DigitalCommons@ILR repository.  The Collective Bargaining Collection consists of recent contracts that were on file with the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  The collection reflects recent, but not usually current contracts.  Full text of these contracts can be searched from within the document and from the Internet.   

ILO: Labordoc

http://labordoc.ilo.org/

Summary: Provides international coverage of labour topics including employment, labour relations, labour law, working conditions, vocational training, social security, occupational safety and health, women workers, child labour, migrant workers, economic and social rights, and all labour-related aspects of economic and social development.
Labor Database

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=labor+database&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Catherwood Library only

CD-Rom available on computers in the Reference Workroom. 
This database is an excellent source for hard to retrieve, but publicly available statistics about American unions: including information on NLRB certification and decertification elections and petitions; employer-union relationships from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's "Notices of Bargaining;" membership and finances of labor unions from the Office of Labor Management Standards; unfair labor practice charges from the National Labor Relations Board; union avoidance consultants from the Office of Labor Management Standards.  The Labor Database also contains data on employment discrimination, worker displacements due to globalization, and wage and hour compliance.
PAIS International

http://encompass.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/checkIP.cgi?access=gateway_standard%26url=http://encompass.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/scripts/wbsprs.cgi?db=S(PAIS)&title=PAIS

Cornell University community only

Contains citations to public policy literature of economics, government, law, international business, political science, public administration, and other social sciences. It includes references to journal articles, books, government documents, reports and pamphlets in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Index.
Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

Journals

ILR School (Cornell): Current U.S. Labor Union Periodicals

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/biblio/1/

The Catherwood Library has been building and maintaining a collection of union literature since it was founded in 1946. Among the key resources of this collection are our extensive holdings of labor union periodicals. In addition to the current and historic titles that can be found in our library, many labor union periodicals are now available on the web.

This bibliography lists Cornell University Library location information for current U.S. labor union periodicals as well as Internet sites for periodicals in this class.

Journal of Labor Research

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=5377605&DB=local

This journal, from George Mason University, contain important studies about labor unions and collective bargaining.
Labor Studies Journal

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/49210273

Additional online access
Labor Studies Journal is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE). It contains research about work, workers, labor organizations, and labor studies and worker education in the US and internationally.
Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

Government

AFSCME: State Public Employee Relations Boards

http://www.afscme.org/members/11073.cfm

This AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employee) site lists the addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites of state public employee relations boards.
DigitalCommons@ILR--Collective Bargaining Agreement Collection

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cba/

The Catherwood Library provides full text of many recent collective bargaining agreements through its DigitalCommons@ILR repository.  The Collective Bargaining Collection consists of recent contracts that were on file with the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  The collection reflects recent, but not usually current contracts.  Full text of these contracts can be searched from within the document and from the Internet.   

DOL - United States Department of Labor

http://www.dol.gov

The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support. (Description form web site's FAQ.)
DOL: Office of Labor Management Standards (U. S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration)

http://www.dol.gov/esa/olms_org.htm

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). The LMRDA was enacted primarily to ensure basic standards of democracy and fiscal responsibility in labor organizations representing employees in private industry. Unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees became subject to the LMRDA with the passage of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. (Description from web site.)
Federal Labor Relations Authority

http://www.flra.gov

The FLRA is an independent administrative federal agency that was created by Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (also known as the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute). The Statute allows certain non-postal federal employees to organize, bargain collectively, and to participate through labor organizations of their choice in decisions affecting their working lives. The primary statutory responsibilities of the FLRA include: (1) resolving complaints of unfair labor practices, (2) determining the appropriateness of units for labor organization representation, (3) adjudicating exceptions to arbitrator's awards, (4) adjudicating legal issues relating to duty to bargain/negotiability, and (5) resolving impasses during negotiations. (Description from web site.)
FMCS - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

http://www.fmcs.gov

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

National Mediation Board

http://www.nmb.gov/

The National Mediation Board (NMB), established by the 1934 amendments to the Railway Labor Act of 1926, is an independent agency that performs a central role in facilitating harmonious labor-management relations within two of the nation's key transportation modes--the railroads and airlines. Pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, NMB programs provide an integrated dispute resolution process to effectively meet the statutory objective of minimizing work stoppages in the airline and railroad industries. 
NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

http://www.nlrb.gov

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers or to refrain from all such activity. Generally applying to all employers involved in interstate commerce--other than airlines, railroads, agriculture, and government--the Act implements the national labor policy of assuring free choice and encouraging collective bargaining as a means of maintaining industrial peace. Through the years, Congress has amended the Act and the Board and courts have developed a body of law drawn from the statute.

Statistics and Data

Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/93014240?tab=details#tabs

Holdings are from 1976-1998, 2006.  This is an important directory and provides statistical data on collective bargaining in higher education. 

Annual Report of the National Labor Relations Board

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.nlrb.gov/publications/reports/annual_reports.aspx

ILR HD5503 .A715  Library Holdings -2005

United States. National Labor Relations Board (editors). Washington: U.S. G.P.O.; for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.

Track union representation and decertification cases by reviewing the statistics contained in the NLRB's annual reports. The reports provide broad data only.

Data Repository for the Golden-Wallerstein-Lange Project on Unions, Employers, Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations for 16 OECD Countries, 1950-2000

http://www.shelley.polisci.ucla.edu/data/

This dataset contains mainly annual data on unions, employers, industrial relations and collective bargaining in 16 OECD countries from 1950 to 1992. Countries included are: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK, with additional data from Spain, Portugal, Ireland and New Zealand.
ILO: Statistical Databases, Union

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/info/dbases.htm

(Information about database. Database must be requested.) The ILO has created a database on trade union membership. It contains data for 45 countries from 1990-Available in Excel files on request from the ILO Bureau of Statistics.
Labor Database

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=labor+database&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Catherwood Library only

CD-Rom available on computers in the Reference Workroom. 
This database is an excellent source for hard to retrieve, but publicly available statistics about American unions: including information on NLRB certification and decertification elections and petitions; employer-union relationships from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's "Notices of Bargaining;" membership and finances of labor unions from the Office of Labor Management Standards; unfair labor practice charges from the National Labor Relations Board; union avoidance consultants from the Office of Labor Management Standards.  The Labor Database also contains data on employment discrimination, worker displacements due to globalization, and wage and hour compliance.
BLS: Major Work Stoppages (U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/wkstp.toc.htm

Work Stoppages Summary is an annual descriptive summary of major strikes and lockouts (involving over 1,000 workers) in the U.S. The number of work stoppages and the number of workdays of idleness due to work stoppages are provided. Work stoppage figures are also given by sector, industry (broad), and unions involved in major strikes. Archive summaries and data tables are also available.
NLRB Representation and Decertification Elections Statistics

Cornell University Library Holdings

- http://bnalaborplus.bna.com/LBPW/html/ElectionsStatistics.pdf

ILR Reference HD6490.R42 U594

Bna Plus (editors). Washington, D.C: Bureau of National Affairs, 1989.

This publication contains a good overview of the outcome of NLRB elections and petitions.  Data from selected previous years is available for comparison purposes.

DOL: Office of Labor-Management Standards, Internet Public Disclosure Room

http://www.dol-union-reports.gov/

Some unions are required under the LMRDA to file reports with the OLMS. From this new web site, users can download union financial records (LMs2-4). The site also offers access to a database of statistics compiled from union records. Users can view, sort, and filter records of individual unions or groups of unions. Information on membership, assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, as well as other information on union PAC activity, union officers/employees, and trusteeships is available.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

Pre-2006 print editions are available at several Cornell Libraries

United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Justice Research Center and United States. National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service (editors). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S: G.P.O.

The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics provides tables on the public's confidence in organized labor during the 1970s-2000's.

U.S. Union Sourcebook: Membership, Structure, Finance, Directory

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=union+sourcebook&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference HD6508 .T86 1985

Troy, Leo and Neil Sheflin (editors). West Orange, N.J: IRDIS, 1985.

Contains tables that describe individual labor unions and the labor movement from 1897-1985. This is a unique compilation with a wealth of information.
BLS: Union Members Annual

http://stats.bls.gov/schedule/archives/all_nr.htm#UNION2

(Preceded by print publication at ILR HD 6500 N58 1987-) This annual publication contains information from the Current Population Survey. Broad statistics are available, including demographic characteristics of union members, median weekly earnings of union members, union members by broad occupations (12 categories) and by broad industry (14 categories), and union members by state. Statistics are also available for non-union workers that are covered under collective bargaining agreements.
Union Membership and Earnings Data Book: Compilations from the Current Population Survey

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/38961459

HD6508.H66 U58; HD6508.H66 U58

Hirsch,Barry T. and David A. Macpherson (editors). Washington, D.C: Bureau of National Affairs, 1994.

 

Every year the Current Population Survey (a joint U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census survey) provides broad statistics in its Union Members survey. This publication contains more detailed statistics derived from that survey. Its companion volume, Additional Earnings and Union Membership Data, ILR Reference HD6508 .H66 U59, has information from other BLS sources on occupational wages. It also contains information on NLRB elections.

Union Trends: A 10-Year History

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/51101751

ILR Reference HD6508 .U44 2002

Washington, D.C: BNA PLUS, 2002.

BNA compiled this largely from data collected for its other labor union and collective bargaining publications. Data are from the 1990s.  Contains broad statistics on U. S. union members and also statistics on contract settlements and organizing efforts.

Unionstats.com

http://www.unionstats.com

Compiled from Current Population Survey, data by Barry Hirsch, Trinity University and David Macpherson, Florida State UniversityThis web site provides detailed union membership, coverage, and density estimates from the Current Population Survey. The CPS is the survey from which the Union Membership Annual is published, but Unionstats.com is the only source that contains detailed estimates from the CPS data. Broad industry and sector data are available from as far back as 1973. Detailed geographic location, industry, and occupation data are available from the mid-1980s. MSExcel downloads are possible.
Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Handbook%20of%20U%2ES%2E%20Labor%20Statistics%20%3A%20Employment&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=3

ILR Reference HD8051 .H36

Lanham, Md., USA: Bernan Press, 1997.

Description based on 1967 edition.

This irregular publication from the BLS contained tables on Unions and Industrial Relations. The 1967 Handbook contained information on union density by state and industry, type of employer bargaining units (single, multiemployer, etc.), work stoppages, NLRB cases, etc.. In recent years, the Handbook of Labor Statistics continues as a Bernan publication.

Labor Relations Yearbook

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=labor+relations+yearbook&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD8059 .L4

Bureau of National Affairs (editors). Washington: Bureau of National Affairs, 1966.

This resource is an excellent recap of the years covered. Find information on union membership by union, union dues, contract settlements. Narrative is supplemented with statistical tables.

The American Labor Yearbook

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v2=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=american%20labor%20yearbook&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=29

ILR Reference HD4802 .A56

Labor Research Association (editors). New York, NY: Labor Research Association, 1993.

Trade union statistics are contained within narrative sections. Statistics come from a variety of sources and vary with each volume. Includes information on the AFL, National Women’s Trade Union League, the IWW, garment unions, labor and politics, legal developments, international movements, and labor banks. While this publication is not a consistent source of significant labor statistics, it contains valuable representative statistics.

News

ILR School (Cornell): Current U.S. Labor Union Periodicals

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/biblio/1/

The Catherwood Library has been building and maintaining a collection of union literature since it was founded in 1946. Among the key resources of this collection are our extensive holdings of labor union periodicals. In addition to the current and historic titles that can be found in our library, many labor union periodicals are now available on the web.

This bibliography lists Cornell University Library location information for current U.S. labor union periodicals as well as Internet sites for periodicals in this class.

BNA: Union Labor Report Newsletter

http://news.bna.com/ulln/

ILR School community only

Database includes timely updates on significant legal, legislative, and regulatory developments affecting the workplace, as well as useful insights on union organizing, representation, and administration.

Find print issues at ILR Reference HD6490.S5 U58.

ILR School (Cornell): Workplace Issues Today (Catherwood Library)

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/wit/default.html

Workplace Issues Today (WIT) was established in 1999 as a comprehensive news center where faculty, students and the interested public could go for the late breaking news on workplace issues.

Three stories per day from major daily publications are selected and summarized by our Catherwood Reference Student Editor.

There is a searchable archive of Catherwood's Library's news items in the hope that it can represent, in an abbreviated form, a chronology of workplace issues of major concern to the public. In addition, it should give some guidance to the researcher about the who, what, when, where, and how of the workplace over time.

Web Sites

DigitalCommons@ILR--Collective Bargaining Agreement Collection

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cba/

The Catherwood Library provides full text of many recent collective bargaining agreements through its DigitalCommons@ILR repository.  The Collective Bargaining Collection consists of recent contracts that were on file with the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  The collection reflects recent, but not usually current contracts.  Full text of these contracts can be searched from within the document and from the Internet.   

ILR School (Cornell): Labor Unions and the Internet (Catherwood Library)

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/research/subjectGuides/laborUnionsInternet.html

This very popular guide was designed as a guide for labor union members. Find information about unions, organizing, labor history, employment, and more.
Unionstats.com

http://www.unionstats.com

Compiled from Current Population Survey, data by Barry Hirsch, Trinity University and David Macpherson, Florida State UniversityThis web site provides detailed union membership, coverage, and density estimates from the Current Population Survey. The CPS is the survey from which the Union Membership Annual is published, but Unionstats.com is the only source that contains detailed estimates from the CPS data. Broad industry and sector data are available from as far back as 1973. Detailed geographic location, industry, and occupation data are available from the mid-1980s. MSExcel downloads are possible.
AUD - Association for Union Democracy

http://www.uniondemocracy.org/

This organization is dedicated to advancing the democratic rights of union members in North America.
Cyber Picket Line

http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/union/

This web site, international in scope, presents links to trade union web sites in its World Trade Union Directory and resources for union members in its Union Resources Index.  Although the web site has not been updated for over a year, it's extensive global listings of union locals, councils, federations, and internationals, accessed visually by maps, is still useful and easy to use.

National Legal and Policy Center, Organized Labor Accountability Project

http://nlpc.org/union-corruption-update

The NLPC advocates ending the use of compulsory union dues for political purposes.  It’s Union Corruption Update provides exposure to perceived union abuses of power.

Bibliographies

Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

American Labor Union Periodicals, A Guide to their Location

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/581932

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A47

Naas, Bernard G., Sakr, Carmelita S.,joint author and Committee of University Industrial Relations Librarians (editors). Ithaca, Cornell: University, 1956.

This publication lists the U. S. labor union publications that were held in CIRL libraries in the early 1950s. It is a good source for accurate publication titles. For current holdings information, however, you must search the individual libraries' catalogs or a comprehensive catalog such as WorldCat.

The American Labor Press; An Annotated Directory

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=american+labor+press+an+annotated&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A45

University of Wisconsin and United States. Work Projects Administration (editors). Washington, D.C: American council on public affairs, 1940.

This book lists labor union publications from the AFL and the CIO. It includes local publications. You can also find other types of publications that were of interest to the labor movement.

American Labor Press Directory

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/3051430

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A46

Rand School of Social Science, New York. Dept. of Labor Research (editors). 1925.

The pamphlet lists labor union publication titles as well as other publication titles of interest to the labor movement. In addition, there is limited international coverage. The time period is the 1920s.

Biographical Information

American Labor: Who's Who

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/3806507

ILR Reference HD 8073.A2
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A2

New York City: Hanford Press, 1925.

Includes biographical data on major early figures in trade unionism, labor politics, workers' education, cooperation, progressive farmers' groups, and related movements. A section on biographies in other countries is included. Indexes include a geographical index by state and city, and an "other countries" index by country.

Who's Who in Labor

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ILR Reference HD 8073.A451 1976
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A451 1976

1st ed. New York: Arno Press, 1976.

Includes comprehensive biographical directories and biographies limited to persons active in the labor movement in the 1970's. Supplementary reference materials include a listing of unions and employer associations and brief chronological histories of all AFL-CIO affiliates and most independent unions with a membership over 500. Includes several indexes, such as an index of persons classified according to their membership or position in an organization or category, a guide to the index by organizations, and an index by organizations with unions and employee associations. Also covers non-governmental organizations and groups such as the American Arbitration Association, labor educators, labor journalists, and labor lawyers.

Biographical Dictionary of American Labor Leaders

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ILR Reference HD 8073.A1 F49 1984
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A1 F49 1984

Fink, Gary M. et al. (Editors). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Contains biographies of about 500 men and women playing an important role in the American labor movement. Each biography refers to guides for more detailed information. It contains a broad sampling of leaders from different eras and industries, and covers local, state, and regional organizations, as well as leaders of national and international unions.

Biographical Dictionary of the American Left

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Olin HX 84.A2 B61
Uris Reference HX 84.A2 B61

Johnpoll, Bernard K., and Harvey Klehr, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.

A collection of essays on some 275 individuals, including important figures from the 19th century and a few from the New Left, most of them (about 75 percent) born between 1870 and 1920 and prominent in the major left wing organizations of the first half of the 20th century.

American Reformers: An H.W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary

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http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/11621754

ILR Reference CT 215.A51
ILR Kheel Center Reference CT 215.A51

Whitman, Alden, ed. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1985.

Contains brief biographical sketches of 504 men and women who were prominent reformers in America from the 17th century through industrialization. The essays offer an assessment of these persons' significance to the reform movement, and provide references for further reading. The work is designed for students and general readers alike. Includes an alphabetical index of the reformers and an index by category, with such entries as labor, unions and employment, and child welfare/labor.

Directories

DigitalCommons@ILR--Collective Bargaining Agreement Collection

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cba/

The Catherwood Library provides full text of many recent collective bargaining agreements through its DigitalCommons@ILR repository.  The Collective Bargaining Collection consists of recent contracts that were on file with the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  The collection reflects recent, but not usually current contracts.  Full text of these contracts can be searched from within the document and from the Internet.   

Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents

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http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/93014240?tab=details#tabs

Holdings are from 1976-1998, 2006.  This is an important directory and provides statistical data on collective bargaining in higher education. 

OPM: Directory of Unions and Associations With Exclusive Recognition in the Federal Service

http://www.opm.gov/cplmr/html/unions.asp

This directory, dated January 2004,lists national and international unions and associations which have, either directly or through local units, exclusive recognition with departments and agencies of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and the U. S. Postal Service.
Unions.org

http://www.unions.org/home/

A network offering an index of Union Websites on the Internet. Site includes breaking news, benefits and services, bulletin board, search feature by union or by state.

Wikipedia: List of Trade Unions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_trade_unions

Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, has an impressive list of links to worldwide trade unions. 

NYS: Directory of Labor Unions & Employee Organizations (New York State Dept. of Labor)

http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workforceindustrydata/lsunions.shtm

Use the online version to search for contact information for national and local organizations in New York State.

Print versions of the Directories are available at ILR Reference HD6504.A5 N701.

Directory of U.S. Labor Organizations

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http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/8788821

ILR Reference HD6504 .A15

Bureau of National Affairs (editors). Washington, D.C: Bureau of National Affairs, 1982.

This directory contains information on unions in general. Includes narratives about sources of union data. Contact information, officers, publications, and membership totals are listed for national unions. Contacts and internal structure for the AFL-CIO are also provided. Listings by state for locals and independents are included. Common names, abbreviations, and reporting requirements, and an officer index enhance this directory. Older versions of this directory, Directory of Labor Unions in the United States, Directory of National and International Labor Unions in the United States, and Directory of National Unions and Employee Associations were published by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are available at the same call number location.

DOL: Office of Labor-Management Standards, Internet Public Disclosure Room

http://www.dol-union-reports.gov/

Some unions are required under the LMRDA to file reports with the OLMS. From this new web site, users can download union financial records (LMs2-4). The site also offers access to a database of statistics compiled from union records. Users can view, sort, and filter records of individual unions or groups of unions. Information on membership, assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, as well as other information on union PAC activity, union officers/employees, and trusteeships is available.
Profiles of American Labor Unions

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http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/39826117

ILR Reference HD6504 .A54 1998

Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Reaserch, 1998.

This is a comprehensive snapshot of the labor movement in the late 1990s. Find information about U. S. national and local unions. Also provides representative contract provisions.

Cyber Picket Line: World Trade Union Directory (Cyber Picket Line)

http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/union/links.htm

This web site is a comprehensive directory of labor organizations.  It is British-based, but has global coverage.  Over 1200 Links to union web sites and federations are provided.
Labor Unions

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ILR Reference HD 6508.L24
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 6508.L24

Fink, Gary M. (Editor) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1977.

Vol I of Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions Series.

Contains more than two hundred historical sketches of American unions, selected according to their longevity, historical significance, and influence on the labor movement as a whole. A useful tool as a quick but informative reference guide.

Labor Unions

Unions.org

http://www.unions.org/home/

A network offering an index of Union Websites on the Internet. Site includes breaking news, benefits and services, bulletin board, search feature by union or by state.

Books

Annual Report of the National Labor Relations Board

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.nlrb.gov/publications/reports/annual_reports.aspx

ILR HD5503 .A715  Library Holdings -2005

United States. National Labor Relations Board (editors). Washington: U.S. G.P.O.; for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.

Track union representation and decertification cases by reviewing the statistics contained in the NLRB's annual reports. The reports provide broad data only.

Union Membership and Earnings Data Book: Compilations from the Current Population Survey

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/38961459

HD6508.H66 U58; HD6508.H66 U58

Hirsch,Barry T. and David A. Macpherson (editors). Washington, D.C: Bureau of National Affairs, 1994.

 

Every year the Current Population Survey (a joint U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census survey) provides broad statistics in its Union Members survey. This publication contains more detailed statistics derived from that survey. Its companion volume, Additional Earnings and Union Membership Data, ILR Reference HD6508 .H66 U59, has information from other BLS sources on occupational wages. It also contains information on NLRB elections.