Sunday, December 23, 2007

Important new works on labor history, past and present...





As discussed on the Labor Express radio program, here are some important works of labor history and analysis released in the past few months.

Kim Moody has long been an insightful analyst of developments in the labor movement as a former union organizer and one of the founders of Labor Notes. His new work - U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, The Promise of Revival from Below – takes a look at the reasons for organized labor’s precipitous decline in membership and power over the past few decades, and provides solid advice on what is necessary to turn the situation around. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK…
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1844671542/ref=s9_asin_image_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1PRY0CX1MFXW8KT8N51D&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=320448701&pf_rd_i=507846


Kim Moody also has another important book out on the economy and labor in New York city since the mid-1970’s…
http://www.amazon.com/Welfare-State-Real-Estate-Present/dp/1595580883/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198432133&sr=1-2




Historian Peter Cole has just published a new book on the IWW called - Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia. The book not only discusses a fascinating period in the history of this most important and heroic of American labor unions, but alludes by example to some of the same proscriptions addressed by Moody in regards to how to empower today’s labor movement…
http://www.amazon.com/Wobblies-Waterfront-Interracial-Progressive-Era-Philadelphia/dp/0252031865/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198433837&sr=1-1

Links to Labor Express Radio interviews with both authors will be posted in a few days.

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