Draft Bibliography


AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on
Library Service to Labor Groups
1992 Annual Conference, San Francisco

Part 2
Biographies | Labor Unions

BYERLY, VICTORIA. Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls: Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1986. 223 p.

Personal stories of black and white women workers in one North Carolina mill town. They talk of life, love, work, and unions.

DUBOFSKY, MELVYN and W. VAN TINE. John L. Lewis, A Biography. Champaign IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1983. 640 p.

A detailed account of the man who lead the United Mine Workers for four decades.

DUBOFSKY, MELWN. Labor Leaders in America. Urbana IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1986. 396 p.

Compilation of biographies of American working class leadership from William Sylvis to Cesar Chavez.

Factory Girls: A Collection of Writings on the Life and Struggles in the New England Factories of the 1840s by the Factory Girls Themselves, and the Story, in Their Own Words, of the First Trade Unions of Women Workers in the United States. Urbana IL: University of Illinois Press, 1977.
FRASER, STEVEN. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor. New York: Free Press, 1991. 600 p.

Definitive study of the public career of Sidney Hillman (1887-1946), founder of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and a major force in the American labor movement.

FLYNN, ELIZABETH GURLEY. The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, My First Life 1906-1926. New York: International Publishers, 1973. 351 p.

Labor activist, IWW organizer, and communist leader tells of her childhood, her involvement in strikes and time in prison as a political prisoner.

GARRISON, DEE. Mary Heaton Vorse: The Life of an American Insurgent. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989. 377 p.

Biography of a pioneer labor journalist, suffragist and socialist.

GOMPERS, SAMUEL. Seventy Years of Life and Labor: An Autobiography, edited and introduction by Nick Salvatore. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1984. 235 p.

An abridged edition of the two volume autobiography originally published in 1925.

GOULDEN, JOESPH. Meany. New York: Atheneum, 1972. 504 p.

Biography of the former AFL-CIO president.

GROSSMAN, JONATHAN. William Sylvis: Pioneer of American Labor. Cincinnati OH: The Sylvis Society, 1986. 302 p.

Originally published in 1945, the life and work of the founder of the National Union of Iron Moulders.

KAUFMAN, STUART B. Samuel Gompers and the Origins of the American Federation of Labor, 1848-1896. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1973. 274 p.

History of the initial years of the AFL.

LEVY, JACQUES. Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa. New York: Norton, 1975. 546 p.

The story of Chavez intertwined with the struggle of the farmworkers to form a union.

MARTIN, MOLLY, editor. Hard-Hatted Women: Stories of Struggle and Success in the Trades, Seattle: Seal Press, 1980.
PFEFFER, PAUL F. A. Philip Randolph: Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1990.

The story of Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, civil rights leader and labor statesman.

POWDERLY, TERENCE V. The Path I Trod: An Autobiography. New York: AMS Press, reprint of 1940 edition.

Powderly headed the Knights of Labor from 1879 to 1893.

QUAGLIERI, PHILIP A., editor. America's Labor Leaders. Lexington MA: Lexington Books, 1989. 292p.

Biographies of 29 current labor leaders in the United States.

ROBINSON, ARCHIE. George Meany and His Times. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. 445 p.

The experiences, accomplishments and opinions of one of America's greatest labor leaders.

SALVATORE, NICK. Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist. Urbana IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1982. 437 p.

Biography of the Terre Haute, Indiana native who organized the American Railway Union, the Industrial Workers of the World and who ran for President of the U.S. as the Socialist Party of America candidate.

SCHROEDEL, JEAN REITH. Alone in a Crowd: Women in the Trades Tell Their Stories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1985.
SLOANE, ARTHUR A. Hoffa. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1991. 430 p.

The most recent biography and an evenhanded account of the best known labor leader in the U.S.

TERKEL, STUDS. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. New York: Pantheon, 1972. 589 p.

The personal stories of farmers, miners, telephone operators, college professors, actors, garbage men, waitresses, auditors, piano tuners, hockey players, and many, many more workers in the U.S.

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BENSON, H.W. Democratic Rights for Union Members: A Guide to Internal Union Democracy. New York: Association for Union Democracy, 1979. 245 p.

Overview of constitutional rights and labor law supporting union members' attempts to democratize their unions.

BRECHER, JEREMY and TIM COSTELLO, editors. Building Bridges: The Emerging Grassroots Coalition of Labor and Community. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1990. 352 p.

Anthology of articles on labor and community coalitions working on local labor disputes, economic development, electoral politics and issue campaigns.

CHAISON, GARY N. When Unions Merge. Lexington MA: Lexington Books, 1986. 186 p.

A general theoretical work on the union merger process.

FREEMAN, RICHARD B. and JAMES MEDOFF. What Do Unions Do?. New York: Basic Books, 1984. 293 p.

Demonstrates the constructive role of unions in the economy of individual firms.

GAGALA, KEN. Union Organizing and Staying Organized. Reston VA: Reston Publishing Company, 1983. 307p.

Popular textbook used for teaching union organizers. Covers labor law, unionbusting, organizing strategies, decertification and more.

GEOGHEGAN, THOMAS. Which Side Are You On?. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1991. 288 p.

Personal, critical, and colorful account of the experiences of a union lawyer.

GOLDFIELD, MICHAEL. The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. 294 p.

Scholarly study identfying the causes and solutions to unionism's decline in the U.S.

HUANG, WEI-CHAIO, editor. Organized Labor at the Crossroads. W.E. Upjohn Institute, 1989. 162 p.

Collection of articles addressing the problem of declining union strength.

KOCHAN, THOMAS A., editor. Challenges and Choices Facing the Amencan Labor Movement. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1985. 356 p.

Covers the reasons for union decline in recent years, employer union-avoidance strategies and collective bargaining trends.

LA BOTZ, DAN. A Troublemaker's Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work - And Win!. Detroit: A Labor Notes Book, 1991. 262 p.

Strategies for union organizing, membership drives, contract negotiations, job actions, strikes, safety and health campaigns, and newsletter/paper publishing. Written by and for union activists.

LA BOTZ, DAN. Rank-and-File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Dernocratic Union. London and New York: Verso, 1990. 336 p.

Story of Teamsters for a Democratic Union - the organization most responsible for reforming the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

LIPSET, SEYMOUR M., editor. Unions in Transition: Entering the Second Century. San Francisco: ICS Press, 1986. 506 p.

Examines the challenges facing U.S. unions at a time of "apparent economic and political decline."

MARTIN, PHILIP L. Unfulfilled Promise: Collective Bargaining in California Agriculture. Boulder CO: Westview Press.

Provocative analysis of labor relations in California's agriculture industry.

MICHEL, LAWRENCE and PAULA B. VOOS, editors. Unions and Economic Competitiveness. Armonk, NY: M.B. Sharpe, 1992. 356 p.

Chapters by noted economists show the positive contribution of unions to our economic future.

MOODY, KIM. An Injury to All: The Decline of American Unionism. London and New York: Verso, 1988. 376 p.

History of the U.S. labor movement from Truman to Reagan with an analysis of the current status of labor unions and exploration of the idea of "Labor internationalism."

PARKER, MIKE. Choosing Sides: Unions and the Team Concept. Boston: South End Press, 1989.

Critical analysis of the "team concept" as practiced in the U.S. auto industry. Includes bibliography.

SHOSTAK, ARTHUR B. Robust Unionism: Innovations in the Labor Movement. Ithaca: ILR Press, 1990. 368 p.

Examples of successful new strategies for strengthening the labor movement.

SLAUGHTER, JANE. Concessions: And How To Beat Them. Detroit: Labor Education and Research Project, 1983. 152 p.

A manual for unions faced with concessionary contract negotiations. Includes very good resource sections.

STERN, BERNARD W. The Aloha Trade: Labor Relations in Hawaii's Hotel Industry, 1941-1987. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1988. 140 p.

Case study of labor relations in the favorite U.S. vacation spot.

SWEENEY, JOHN J. and KAREN NUSSBAUM. Solutions for the New Workforce: Policies For a New Social Contract. Washington DC: Seven Locks Press, 1989.
WELLS, DONALD M. Empty Promises: Quality of Working Life Programs and the Labor Movement. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1987. 167 p.

Critical analysis of quality-of-work-life programs. Includes bibliography.

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