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The New Politics of Transnational Labor

by Marissa Brookes ILR Press (March 15, 2019)

Over the years many transnational labor alliances have succeeded in improving conditions for workers, but many more have not. In The New Politics of Transnational Labor, Marissa Brookes explains why this dichotomy...


The Politics of Social Inclusion and Labor Representation

by Miguel Martinez Lucio, Heather Connolly, Stefania Marino & Richard Hyman ILR Press (May 15, 2019)

In The Politics of Social Inclusion and Labor Representation, Heather Connolly, Stefania Marino, and Miguel Martínez Lucio compare trade union responses to immigration and the related political and labour...


Everyday Transgressions

by Adelle Blackett ILR Press (April 15, 2019)

Adelle Blackett tells the story behind the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention No. 189, and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201 which in 2011 created the...


From Migrant to Worker

by Michele Ford ILR Press (April 15, 2019)

What happens when local unions begin to advocate for the rights of temporary migrant workers, asks Michele Ford in her sweeping study of seven Asian countries? Until recently unions in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia,...


Strong Governments, Precarious Workers

by Philip Rathgeb ILR Press (December 15, 2018)

Why do some European welfare states protect unemployed and inadequately employed workers ("outsiders") from economic uncertainty better than others? Philip Rathgeb’s study of labor market policy change in...


Workers without Borders

by Ines Wagner ILR Press (November 15, 2018)

How the European Union handles posted workers is a growing issue for a region with borders that really are just lines on a map. A 2008 story, dissected in Ines Wagner’s Workers without Borders, about the troubling...


Global Unions, Local Power

by Jamie K. McCallum ILR Press (October 17, 2013)

News about labor unions is usually pessimistic, focusing on declining membership and failed campaigns. But there are encouraging signs that the labor movement is evolving its strategies to benefit workers in...


Confronting Dystopia

by Eva Paus ILR Press (June 15, 2018)

In Confronting Dystopia, a distinguished group of scholars analyze the implications of the ongoing technological revolution for jobs, working conditions, and income. Focusing on the economic and political implications...


We'll Call You If We Need You

by Susan Eisenberg ILR Press (May 15, 2018)

Susan Eisenberg began her apprenticeship with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1978, the year president Jimmy Carter set goals and timetables for the hiring of women on federally...


Stanley’s Girl

by Susan Eisenberg ILR Press (May 15, 2018)

The fiercely lyrical poetry of Stanley’s Girl is rooted in Susan Eisenberg’s experience as one of the first women to enter the construction industry and from her decades gathering accounts of others to give...


Labor in Israel

by Jonathan Preminger ILR Press (April 15, 2018)

Using a comprehensive analysis of the wave of organizing that swept the country starting in 2007, Labor in Israel investigates the changing political status of organized labor in the context of changes to Israel’s...


Border Capitalism, Disrupted

by Stephen Campbell ILR Press (April 15, 2018)

Border Capitalism, Disrupted presents an insightful ethnography of migrant labor regulation at the Mae Sot Special Border Economic Zone on the Myanmar border in northwest Thailand. By bringing a new deployment...


Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

by Matilda Rabinowitz, Robbin Légère Henderson & Ileen A. DeVault ILR Press (September 07, 2017)

Matilda Rabinowitz’s illustrated memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women. In Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, Rabinowitz describes the ways in which she and her contemporaries...


I Am Not a Tractor!

by Susan L. Marquis ILR Press (December 15, 2017)

I Am Not a Tractor! celebrates the courage, vision, and creativity of the farmworkers and community leaders who have transformed one of the worst agricultural situations in the United States into one of the...


Rights, Not Interests

by James A. Gross ILR Press (November 15, 2017)

This provocative book by the leading historian of the National Labor Relations Board offers a reexamination of the NLRB and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by applying internationally accepted human...


Dying to Work

by Jonathan D. Karmel ILR Press (December 15, 2017)

In Dying to Work, Jonathan Karmel raises our awareness of unsafe working condidtions with accounts of workers who were needlessly injured or killed on the job. Based on heart-wrenching interviews Karmel conducted...


An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

by Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan & Alexander J. S. Colvin ILR Press (August 16, 2017)

This comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to collective bargaining and labor relations with a focus on developments in the United States. It is appropriate for students, policy analysts, and labor...


Prescription for the People

by Fran Quigley ILR Press (November 15, 2017)

In Prescription for the People, Fran Quigley diagnoses our inability to get medicines to the people who need them and then prescribes the cure. He delivers a clear and convincing argument for a complete shift...


Building Power from Below

by Carolina Bank Munoz ILR Press (August 11, 2017)

"Carolina Bank Muñoz’s analysis of a success story in Chile’s retail industry, which is known to be particularly antiunion, is fascinating and important. The comparison of retail and logistics is particularly...


The City Is the Factory

by Miriam Greenberg & Penny Lewis ILR Press (June 01, 2017)

Urban public spaces, from the streets and squares of Buenos Aires to Zuccotti Park in New York City, have become the emblematic sites of contentious politics in the twenty-first century. As the contributors...


Unions and the City

by Ian Thomas MacDonald ILR Press (June 01, 2017)

Labor unions remain the largest membership-based organizations in major North American cities, even after years of decline. Labor continues to play a vital role in mobilizing urban residents, shaping urban conflict,...


Informal Workers and Collective Action

by Adrienne E. Eaton, Susan J. Schurman & Martha A. Chen ILR Press (April 03, 2017)

Informal Workers and Collective Action features nine cases of collective action to improve the status and working conditions of informal workers. Adrienne E. Eaton, Susan J. Schurman, and Martha A. Chen set...


The One Percent of Solution

by Gordon Lafer ILR Press (April 01, 2017)

In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it's become commonplace to note the growing political dominance of a small segment of the economic elite. But what exactly are those members of the elite...


Public Workers

by Joseph E. Slater ILR Press

From the dawn of the twentieth century to the early 1960s, public-sector unions generally had no legal right to strike, bargain, or arbitrate, and government workers could be fired simply for joining a union....


A Fight for the Soul of Public Education

by Steven Ashby & Robert Bruno ILR Press (November 04, 2016)

In reaction to the changes imposed on public schools across the country in the name of "education reform," the Chicago Teachers Union redefined its traditional role and waged a multidimensional fight that produced...


Hard Sell

by Peter Ikeler ILR Press (August 02, 2016)

Along with fast-food workers, retail workers are capturing the attention of the public and the media with the Fight for $15. Like fast-food workers, retail workers are underpaid, and fewer than 5 percent of...


The Worker Center Handbook

by Kim Bobo & Marien Casillas Pabellon ILR Press (August 03, 2016)

Worker centers are becoming an important element in labor and community organizing and the struggle for fair pay and decent working conditions for low-wage workers, especially immigrants. There are currently...


Our Unions, Our Selves

by Anne Zacharias-Walsh ILR Press (July 05, 2016)

In Our Unions, Our Selves, Anne Zacharias-Walsh provides an in-depth look at the rise of women-only unions in Japan, an organizational analysis of the challenges these new unions face in practice, and a firsthand...


Transnational Tortillas

by Carolina Bank Munoz ILR Press

This book looks at the flip side of globalization: How does a company from the Global South behave differently when it also produces in the Global North? A Mexican tortilla company, "Tortimundo," has two production...


Ghostworkers and Greens

by Adam Tompkins ILR Press (March 24, 2016)

Throughout the twentieth century, despite compelling evidence that some pesticides posed a threat to human and environmental health, growers and the USDA continued to favor agricultural chemicals over cultural...


The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine

by Carly Elizabeth Schall ILR Press (May 06, 2016)

Sweden is well known for the success of its welfare state. Many believe that success was made possible in part by the country's ethnic homogeneity and that the increased diversity of Sweden’s population is...


The Supreme Court on Unions

by Julius G. Getman ILR Press (May 19, 2016)

Labor unions and courts have rarely been allies. From their earliest efforts to organize, unions have been confronted with hostile judges and antiunion doctrines. In this book, Julius G. Getman argues that while...


Third Wave Capitalism

by John Ehrenreich ILR Press (April 05, 2016)

In Third Wave Capitalism, John Ehrenreich documents the emergence of a new stage in the history of American capitalism. Just as the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century gave way to corporate capitalism...


Achieving Workers' Rights in the Global Economy

by Richard P. Appelbaum & Nelson Lichtenstein ILR Press (May 19, 2016)

The world was shocked in April 2013 when more than 1,100 garment workers lost their lives in the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka. It was the worst industrial tragedy in the two-hundred-year...


Building China

by Sarah Swider ILR Press (October 27, 2015)

Roughly 260 million workers in China have participated in a mass migration of peasants moving into the cities, and construction workers account for almost half of them. In Building China, Sarah Swider draws...


If We Can Win Here

by Fran Quigley ILR Press (April 23, 2015)

Do service-sector workers represent the future of the U.S. labor movement? Mid-twentieth-century union activism transformed manufacturing jobs from backbreaking, low-wage work into careers that allowed workers...


Better Must Come

by Matthew D. Marr ILR Press (January 26, 2015)

In Better Must Come, Matthew D. Marr reveals how social contexts at various levels combine and interact to shape the experiences of transitional housing program users in two of the most prosperous cities of...


Labor Relations in a Globalizing World

by Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan & Alexander J. S. Colvin ILR Press (February 25, 2015)

Compelled by the extent to which globalization has changed the nature of labor relations, Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan, and Alexander J. S. Colvin give us the first textbook to focus on the workplace outcomes...


The Origins of Right to Work

by Cedric de Leon ILR Press (April 23, 2015)

“Right to work” states weaken collective bargaining rights and limit the ability of unions to effectively advocate on behalf of workers. As more and more states consider enacting right-to-work laws, observers...


Chinese Workers in Comparative Perspective

by Anita Chan ILR Press (March 26, 2015)

As the “world’s factory” China exerts an enormous pressure on workers around the world. Many nations have had to adjust to a new global political and economic reality, and so has China. Its workers and...


Working through the Past

by Teri L. Caraway, Maria Lorena Cook & Stephen Crowley ILR Press (May 26, 2015)

Democratization in the developing and postcommunist world has yielded limited gains for labor. Explanations for this phenomenon have focused on the effect of economic crisis and globalization on the capacities...


Cleaning Up

by Dan Zuberi ILR Press

To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. In Cleaning Up, the first book to...


Making Mondragón

by William Foote Whyte & Kathleen King Whyte ILR Press

Since its founding in 1956 in Spain's Basque region, the Mondragón Corporation has been a touchstone for the international cooperative movement. Its nearly three hundred companies and organizations span areas...


Mobilizing Restraint

by Emmanuel Teitelbaum ILR Press

In Mobilizing Restraint, Emmanuel Teitelbaum argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, democracies are better at managing industrial conflict than authoritarian regimes. This is because democracies have...


The Triangle Fire, Centennial Edition

by Leon Stein, William Greider & Michael Hirsch ILR Press

March 25, 2011, marks the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 garment workers lost their lives. A work of history relevant for all those who continue the fight for workers' rights...


Union Voices

by Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate & Edmund Heery ILR Press

In Union Voices, the result of a thirteen-year research project, three industrial relations scholars evaluate how labor unions fared in the political and institutional context created by Great Britain's New...


Holding the Shop Together

by Stephen J. Silvia ILR Press

Since the onset of the Great Recession, Germany’s economy has been praised for its superior performance, which has been reminiscent of the “economic miracle” of the 1950s and 1960s. Such acclaim is surprising...


The Chicken Trail

by Kathleen C. Schwartzman ILR Press

In The Chicken Trail, Kathleen C. Schwartzman examines the impact of globalization-and of NAFTA in particular-on the North American poultry industry, focusing on the displacement of African American workers...


They Never Come Back

by Frans J. Schryer ILR Press (October 03, 2014)

For Mexicans on both sides of the border, the migrant experience has changed significantly over the past two decades. In They Never Come Back, Frans J. Schryer draws on the experiences of indigenous people...


Working for Justice

by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom & Victor Narro ILR Press

Working for Justice, which includes eleven case studies of recent low-wage worker organizing campaigns in Los Angeles, makes the case for a distinctive "L.A. Model" of union and worker center organizing. Networks...