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Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement
Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement
by Thomas Geoghegan
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Is labors day over or is this the big moment? Is it the logical next step beyond Occupy Wall Street or is it just a dead end? In his new book, labor lawyer and acclaimed author Tom Geoghegan argues that only a new kind of labor movement can get the... (read more)

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Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
by Jane Mcalevey
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Jane McAlevey has been an organizer in the labor and environmental justice movements for the last twenty years. She is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center and lives in the San Francsico Bay Area. Bob Ostertag is the co-author of Raising Expectations (... (read more)

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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The New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage. Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join... (read more)

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Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983
Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983
by Barbara Kingsolver
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Holding the Line, 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 is part oral history and part social criticism, exploring the process of... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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What Unions No Longer Do
What Unions No Longer Do
by Jake Rosenfeld
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From workers' wages to presidential elections, labor unions once exerted tremendous clout in American life. In the immediate post-World War II era, one in three workers belonged to a union. The fraction now is close to one in ten, and just one in twenty... (read more)

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Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
by Jeanne Marie Laskas
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An Oprah.com "Must-Read Book" In Hidden America, award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven stories about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them... (read more)

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Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
by Jane Mcalevey
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In 1995, in the first contested election in the history of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney won the presidency of the nation’s largest labor federation, promising renewal and resurgence. Today, less than 7 percent of American private-sector workers... (read more)

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Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line
Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line
by Ben Hamper
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The man the Detroit Free Press calls "a blue collar Tom Wolfe" delivers a full-barreled blast of truth and gritty reality in Rivethead, a no-holds-barred journey through the belly of the American industrial beast.... (read more)

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There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America
There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America
by Philip Dray
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From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience... (read more)

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Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers
Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers
by Frank Bardacke
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In its heyday, the United Farm Workers was an embodiment of its slogan “Yes, we can”—in the form “¡Sí, Se Puede!”—winning many labor victories, securing collective bargaining rights for... (read more)

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Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment Insecurity (Social Science Research Council on the Privatization of Risk)
Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment Insecurity (Social Science Research Council on the Privatization of Risk)
by Katherine S Newman
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Laid Off, Laid Low provides a sobering portrait of the ailing American labor system and the social and political consequences of increasing job insecurity. It proves that the health of the labor market is not a transitory issue brought low by the factors... (read more)

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They're Bankrupting Us! (12 Edition)
They're Bankrupting Us! (12 Edition)
by Bill Fletcher
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From Wisconsin to Washington, DC, the claims are made: unions are responsible for budget deficits, and their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, pundits claim, is to weaken the labor movement, strip... (read more)

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join... (read more)

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Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
by Sharon Smith
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Workers in the United States have a rich tradition of fighting back and achieving gains previously thought unthinkable, from the weekend, to health care, to the right to even form a union. But in 2005, the number of workers organized in unions reached a... (read more)

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Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
by Gabriel Thompson
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What is it like to do the back-breaking work of immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent a year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. He stooped over lettuce fields in... (read more)

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From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States
From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States
by Priscilla Murolo
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Hailed in a starred Publishers Weekly review as a work of impressive even-handedness and analytic acuity . . . that gracefully handles a broad range of subject matter, From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend is the first comprehensive look at American... (read more)

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For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America
For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America
by John Curl
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Seeking to reclaim a history that has remained largely ignored by historians, this dramatic and stirring account examines each of the definitive American cooperative movements for social change—farmer, union, consumer, and communalist—... (read more)

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Who Needs Migrant Workers Labour Shortages Immigration & Public Policy
Who Needs Migrant Workers Labour Shortages Immigration & Public Policy
by Martin Ruhs
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Are migrant workers needed to "do the jobs that locals will not do" or are they simply a more exploitable labor force? Do they have a better "work ethic" or are they less able to complain? Is migrant labor the solution to "skills shortages" or actually... (read more)

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Reviving the Strike (11 Edition)
Reviving the Strike (11 Edition)
by Joe Burns
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If the American labor movement is to rise again, it will not be as a result of electing different politicians, the passage of legislation, or improved methods of union organizing. Rather, workers will need to rediscover the power of the strike. Not the... (read more)

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