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Labor in Retreat
Labor in Retreat (September 2001)
Class and Community among Men's Clothing Workers of Chicago, 1871-1929
Youngsoo Bae - Author

Winner of the 2002 Publications/Scholarly category from the Illinois State Historical Society and Association of Illinois Museums and Historical Societies Awards Program

Offers a fresh perspective on the origins of business unionism.

Why did the American labor movement decline in the 1920s? This is a question historians have often answered by pointing at the adverse circumstances begetti...(Read More)
The Case of the Minimum Wage
The Case of the Minimum Wage (January 2001)
Competing Policy Models
Oren M. Levin-Waldman - Author

Places contemporary minimum wage debates in historical context, stressing the importance of political as opposed to economic variables.

This book traces the historical evolution of minimum-wage policy and explains how models are used (and misused) by different interests to achieve their particular aims. Minimum-wage policy was initially legitimated as a broader labor-market policy aimed at achieving greater productivi...(Read More)
Cultures of Opposition
Cultures of Opposition (June 2000)
Jewish Immigrant Workers, New York City, 1881-1905
Hadassa Kosak - Author

Winner CHOICE 2001 Outstanding Academic Title

Looks at the forging of a new Jewish political culture at the turn of the century.

This work provides a reinterpretation of the origins of Jewish working-class oppositional culture in the United States. It tells how this culture was characterized by public practices such as strikes, attacks on scabs and police, rent strike...(Read More)
Forced Choices
Forced Choices (May 1999)
Class, Community, and Worker Ownership
Charles S. Varano - Author

2000 Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Assocation

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book

Examines the celebrated case of Weirton, West Virginia where steelworkers and area residents fought to save a steelmill, community, and way of life.

What happens to employees when their company decides to close? Thousands of workers across America have faced this ...(Read More)
Pursuing Justice
Pursuing Justice (February 1999)
Lee Pressman, the New Deal, and the CIO
Gilbert J. Gall - Author

Examines the career of the nation's most prominent liberal labor lawyer during a period of ascending labor power. Pressman was also one of the most prominent underground communists active in American political life from the early New Deal to the beginning of the Cold War.
As the nation's most prominent labor lawyer during a period of ascending labor power, Lee Pressman served as General Counsel of the Congress of Industrial Organizations ...(Read More)
Organized Labor and American Politics, 1894-1994
Organized Labor and American Politics, 1894-1994 (November 1998)
The Labor-Liberal Alliance
Kevin Boyle - Editor

Traces the rise and fall of organized labor's political power over the course of the twentieth century.

"Boyle has assembled an excellent collection of essays. Organized Labor and American Politics is a timely subject, the methodology is sophisticated, and the research is impressive. The editor has written an insightful and synthetic introduction which ties it all together quite well." -- Nelson Lichtenstein, University o...(Read More)
More Than Class
More Than Class (April 1998)
Studying Power in U.S. Workplaces
Ann E. Kingsolver - Editor

Examines the changing texture of power relations in non-traditional U.S. worksites.

More Than Class examines the changing texture of power relations in U.S. workplaces, focusing on sites ranging from security booths to bedrooms to mining shafts, rather than the traditional shop floor. The contributors see class analysis as a powerful tool for thinking about and addressing inequalities at the core of U.S. economic...(Read More)
Power Plays
Power Plays (January 1997)
Critical Events in the Institutionalization of the Tennessee Valley Authority
Richard A. Colignon - Author

CHOICE 1997 Outstanding Academic Book

Identifies the importance of New Deal conflicts, policy networks politics, and ruthless domination as critical events in the creation and early development of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Power Plays
provides a conflict model of organizational behavior based on a historical reanalysis of the creation and early development of the Tennessee Valley Author...(Read More)
Team Toyota
Team Toyota (October 1996)
Transplanting the Toyota Culture to the Camry Plant in Kentucky
Terry L. Besser - Author

Examines the Toyota team culture as a conceptual framework and uses it to discuss related topics, such as workplace injuries, the implications of alienating assembly workers, and the role of women.

"This is a very good organizational analysis of a Japanese transplant. The author exposes many of the problems involved in the lean production system and presents aspects that have, as yet, not been sufficiently analyzed. By d...(Read More)
Organizing the Unemployed
Organizing the Unemployed (July 1996)
Community and Union Activists in the Industrial Heartland
James J. Lorence - Author

Examines the organization of the unemployed during the Great Depression and demonstrates the linkage between their mobilization and automobile-industry organization.

"For years, labor and social historians have bemoaned the need for precisely this kind of study. Lorence's choice of a major industrial state, Michigan, which gave rise to the largest industrial union in the country, the UAW, is apt. Anyone interested in th...(Read More)
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