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The Lexicon of Labor: More Than 500 Key Terms, Biographical Sketches and Historical Insights Concerning Labor in America

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A thoroughly updated edition of the clever, fun-to-read compilation of union language and lore.

"For close to two centuries, we in the American labor movement have spoken our own language. It is a rich idiom, laden with humor and barbs, heady with history. . . . Problem is, fewer and fewer of us speak it, and even fewer on the outside understand it or know how it came about."—from the prefatory note to The Lexicon of Labor

Since its first publication in 1998, The Lexicon of Labor found a large and appreciative following among readers who were grateful to have the vibrant, powerful language of the labor movement captured in a lively single volume. This revised and updated edition includes dozens of new terms and developments and will introduce a new generation to the labor lexicon. From Workies to Wobblies, blue flu to zipper clause, it includes enlightening descriptions of over five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history.

Murray's highly original volume is a one-of-a-kind encyclopedia of labor in America. A practical resource for students and journalists, it will be as entertaining for longtime union members seeking to get reacquainted with the traditions of the movement as it is for newcomers wishing to discover the unique language and history of unionism.

The Lexicon of Labor also includes explanations of major legislative acts, definitions of key legal terminology, and complete listings of all the member unions of the AFL-CIO and independent unions in the United States. It is the ideal introduction to the history of labor in America.

Book News Annotation:

This is the second edition of a dictionary of American labor terms first published in 1998. The volume contains concise biographical sketches of important figures in US labor history, definitions of labor and union specific vocabulary, explanations of worker actions, agreements, statutes of law, as well as descriptions of relevant places and organizations. The work contains more than 500 entries and includes a select labor bibliography and list of unions. Students of US labor history, union organizers, and others interested in worker's rights will appreciate this reference. Murry (1939- 2008) was a newspaperman and past president of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, Local 82. This edition has been updated and revised by Elaine Bernard (Harvard School of Law) and Thomas Geoghegan, a labor attorney. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This long-awaited revised and updated edition of The Lexicon of Labor includes dozens of new terms and developments that will introduce a new generation to the labor lexicon.

From Frederick Douglass to César Chavez, from the Haymarket Riots in 1886 to the Change to Win federation formed in 2005, this classic labor lexicon provides concise, sketches of over five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history.

Synopsis:

Since its first publication in 1998, The Lexicon of Labor found a large and appreciative following among readers who were grateful to have the vibrant, powerful language of the labor movement captured in a lively single volume. This revised and updated edition includes dozens of new terms and developments and will introduce a new generation to the labor lexicon. From Workies to Wobblies, blue flu to zipper clause, it includes enlightening descriptions of over five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history. Murray's highly original volume is a one-of-a-kind encyclopedia of labor in America. A practical resource for students and journalists, it will be as entertaining for longtime union members seeking to get reacquainted with the traditions of the movement as it is for newcomers wishing to discover the unique language and history of unionism. The Lexicon of Labor also includes explanations of major legislative acts, definitions of key legal terminology, and complete listings of all the member unions of the AFL-CIO and independent unions in the United States. It is the ideal introduction to the history of labor in America.

About the Author

R. Emmett Murray (1939–2008), a longtime newspaperman, was past president of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, Local 82.

Elaine Bernard is the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard School of Law. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595582263
Author:
Murray, R. Emmett
Publisher:
New Press
Preface:
Bernard, Elaine
Introduction by:
Bernard, Elaine
Introduction:
Bernard, Elaine
Foreword by:
Geoghegan, Thomas
Foreword:
Geoghegan, Thomas
Foreword:
Bernard, Elaine
Author:
R. EMMETT. Murray,
Author:
Bernard, Elaine
Author:
R. E. Murray,
Author:
Geoghegan, Thomas
Author:
Murray, R. E.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Labor & Employment
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
January 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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This long-awaited revised and updated edition of The Lexicon of Labor includes dozens of new terms and developments that will introduce a new generation to the labor lexicon.

From Frederick Douglass to César Chavez, from the Haymarket Riots in 1886 to the Change to Win federation formed in 2005, this classic labor lexicon provides concise, sketches of over five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history.

"Synopsis" by , Since its first publication in 1998, The Lexicon of Labor found a large and appreciative following among readers who were grateful to have the vibrant, powerful language of the labor movement captured in a lively single volume. This revised and updated edition includes dozens of new terms and developments and will introduce a new generation to the labor lexicon. From Workies to Wobblies, blue flu to zipper clause, it includes enlightening descriptions of over five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history. Murray's highly original volume is a one-of-a-kind encyclopedia of labor in America. A practical resource for students and journalists, it will be as entertaining for longtime union members seeking to get reacquainted with the traditions of the movement as it is for newcomers wishing to discover the unique language and history of unionism. The Lexicon of Labor also includes explanations of major legislative acts, definitions of key legal terminology, and complete listings of all the member unions of the AFL-CIO and independent unions in the United States. It is the ideal introduction to the history of labor in America.
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