Draft Bibliography


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

Part 4
Women and Work | Occupational Safety and Health | Labor Songs

BALSER, DIANE. Sisterhood and Solidarity: Feminism and Labor in Modern Times. Boston: South End Press, 1987. 247 p.

History of women's involvement in the labor movement. Chapters cover early working women's organizations, Union WAGE and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

BIANCHI, SUZANNE and DAPHNE SPAIN. American Women in Transition. New York: Russel Sage Foundation, 1986. 320p.

Covers labor force participation and occupational composition, earnings, balancing home and children, and other topics.

BROWN, CLAIR and JOSEPH PECHMAN, editors. Gender in the Workplace. Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 1987. 316 p.

Examines the obstacles to equality faced by women in the workplace.

CHANEY, ELSA M. and MARY GARCIA CASTRO. Muchachas No More: Household Workers in Latin America and the Canbbean. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989. 486 p.

Describes the working conditions and union organizing efforts of domestic workers.

COOK, ALICE H. Comparable Worth: A Case Book of Experiences in States and Localities. Manoa HI: University of Hawaii, 1983. 264 p.

Contains information on comparable worth and pay equity activity in 45 state governments and over 90 local jurisdictions. Supplement was issued in 1986.

DAVIES, MARGERY W. Woman's Place is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982. 217 p.

History of office work prior to the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and after the entry of women into office work. Includes discussions of talorism in office work and the rise of private secretaries.

FINE, LISA M. Souls of the Skyscraper: Female Clerical Workers in Chicago, 1870-1930. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990. 249 p.

History of the feminization of clerical work in Chicago.

FONER, PHILIP S. Women and the American Labor Movement: From the First Trade Unions to the Present, abridged edition. New York: Free Press, 1979. 612 p.

Abridged edition of Foner's 2 volume history of the same title, begins with first women's association organized to improve work conditions in 1831 and ends in the 1970s with a prognosis for the future.

In Her Own Image: Films and Videos Empowering Women For the Future, a Media Network guide. New York: Alternative Media Information Center, 1991.
JANIEWSKI, DOLORES E. Sisterhood Denied: Race, Gender, and Class in a New South Community. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1985. 272 p.

A study of women in the textile and tobacco industries in the Durham, NC area from the period after the Civil War.

JONES, JACQUELINE. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present. New York: Basic Books, 1985.
KESSLER-HARRlS, ALICE. Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
KESSLER-HARRIS, ALICE. Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981.
KOZIARA, KAREN SHALLCROSS et al., editor. Working Women: Past/Present/Future. Washington DC: Bureau of National Affairs, 1987. 419 p.

Produced by the Industrial Relations Research Association, includes chapters on women in unions and professional careers for women in industrial relations.

MILKMAN, RUTH, editor. Women, Work and Protest: A Century of U.S. Women's Labor History. London: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1985. 333 p.
NORWOOD, STEPHEN H. Labor's Flaming Youth: Telephone Operators and Worker Militancy, 1878-1923. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990.
WERTHEIMER, BARBARA M. We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America. New York: Pantheon, 1977. 427 p.

From pre-colonial times to the early twentieth century, the role of women at work and in the labor movement.

Women's Work, Men's Work: Sex Segregation on the Job. Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1985. 173 p.

Report of the Committee on Women's Employment and Related Issues.

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BOYER, RONALD, editor. The Health and Safety of Workers: Case Studies in the Politics of Professional Responsibility. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Excellent analysis of the ways in which medical professionals allowed themselves to overlook occupational health hazards in order to justify industrial policy and practice. Case studies are of the asbestos, mining and lead industries.

BRODEUR, PAUL. Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos Industry on Trial. New York: Pantheon, 1985.

Story of how asbestos, known since late 19th century to cause lung diseases, only much later was legally recognized as a hazardous substance in need of regulation.

CAUFIELD, CATHERINE. Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

An account of the harnessing of atomic radiation for use in manufacturing and the subsequent health problems suffered by workers exposed to radiation.

FINNEY, SHAW. Noise Pollution. New York: Franklin Watts, 1984.

An introduction to noise, its psychological and physiological effects on human health, and its control. Written for young adult or newly-literate readers.

JUDKlNS, BENNETT M. We Offer Ourselves as Evidence: Toward Workers Control of Occupational Health. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.

An examination of workers' struggles for job safety and health, with special focus on mine and textile workers' successful attempts to bring the crippling effects of black and brown lung diseases to the attention of legislators.

LEVY, BARRY S. et al. Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease, 2nd edition. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1988.

Textbook for the study of occupational health and safety.

MAKOWER, JOEL. Office Hazards: How Your Job Can Make You Sick. Washington DC: Tilden Press, 1981.

Overview of health hazards of office work -- indoor air pollution, VDTs, stress, ergonomics, florescent lighting -- and their control.

MINTZ, BENJAMIN. OSHA: History, Law and Policy. Washington DC: BNA, 1984.

The primary source for background information on occupational safety and health law.

NELKIN, DOROTHY et al. Workers at Risk: Voices From the Workplace. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Personal accounts from a wide cross-section of workers -- lab technicians, fire fighters, painters, clerical workers and others -- describing the job-related illnesses they and their co-workers experiences, how the diseases were identified and what action was taken to control them.

OTTOBONI, M. ALICE. The Dose Makes the Poison: A Plain-Language Guide to Toxicology. Berkeley: Vincente Books, 1984.

An introduction to toxicology written for readers with little or no science background. Describes objectively and clearly what makes chemicals harmful or harmless.

PLOG, BARBARA A. editor. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. Chicago: National Safety Council, 1988.

Textbook for the study of occupational safety and health.

POLAKOFF, PHILLIP L. Work and Health. Washington DC: Press Associates, 1984.

An overview of occupational safety and health written for workers, union officials and managers.

RANDALL, WILLARD S. et al. Building 6: The Tragedy of Bridesburg. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1975.
SMITH, BARBARA ELLEN. Digging Our Own Graves: Coalminers and the Struggle Over Black Lung Disease. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.

Since 1831 coal dust has been linked to lung disease. This is the story of the long struggle by coalminers to get that fact recognized by the medical and legal professions.

STELLMAN, JEANNE et al. Work is Dangerous to Your Health: A Handbook of Health Hazards in the Workplace and What You Can Do About Them. New York: Pantheon, 1973.

An excellent introduction to occupational safety and health with information on occupational disease and the human body, stress, noise, vibration, heat and cold, radiation, chemical hazards, and the identification, monitoring and control of workplace hazards.

WALLIK, FRANKLIN. Don't Let Your Job Kill You. Washington DC: Progressive Press, 1984.
WHITESIDE, JAMES. Regulating Danger: The Struggle for Mine Safety in the Rocky Mountain Coal Industry. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1990.

History of coal-miners' attempts to bring safety regulations and equipment to the mines of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

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DUNAWAY, DAVID KING. How Can I Keep From Singing: Pete Seeger. New York: Da Capo, 1990. 399 p.
Everybody Says Freedom: Civil Rights Movement in Words, Pictures and Song. New York: Norton, 1990. 266 p.
FONER, PHILIP S. American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975. 373 p.
FOWKE, EDITH and JOE GLAZER. Songs of Work and Protest. New York: Dover, 1973. 290 p.

Songs with commentary.

GREEN, ARCHIE. Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972. 518 p.

A standard.

LOMAX, ALAN, WOODY GUTHRIE and PETE SEEGER. Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People: American Folk Songs of the Depression and the Labor Movement of the 1930s. New York: Oak Publications, 1967.

A classic, out of print, but ought to be reprinted.

REUSS, RICHARD A. Songs of American Labor, Industrialization and the Urban Work Experience: A Discography. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1983.
Songs for Labor. Washington DC: AFL-CIO Department of Education, 1983. 56 p.
Songs of the Workers: To Fan the Flames of Discontent. Chicago: Industrial Workers of the World, 1974. 64 p.
VINCENT, LEOPOLD, comp. The Alliance and Labor Songster. New York: Arno Press, 1975, reprint of 1891 edition. 64 p.

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