Books on the Labor Movement

Books on Laborers, Unions, and the Labor Movement:

  1. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, (2006) Barbara Ehrenreich
  2. Click, Clack, Moo, (2011) A children’s book by Doreen Cronin
  3. Confessions of A Union Buster, (1993) Martin Leavitt
  4. Holding the Line, (1983) Barbara Klingsolver
  5. Jerry Wurf: Labor’s Last Angry Man, (1982) Joseph C. Goulden
  6. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, (2011) Barbara Ehrenreich
  7. Not Your Father’s Union Movement, (1998) Edited by Jo-Ann Mort
  8. Power on the Job: The Legal Rights of Working People, (1999) Michael D Yeats
  9. Solidarity Divided, (2009) Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin
  10. The Grapes of Wrath, (1939) John Steinbeck
  11. The Union Member’s Complete Guide: Everything You Want – And Need – To Know About Working Union, (2001) Michael Mauer
  12. Troublemakers Handbook 2: How to Fight Back Where You Work – And Win!,  (2005) Jane Slaughter
  13. Why Unions Matter, (2009) Michael D. Yeates
  14. There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America, (2011) Phillip Dray
  15. They’re Bankrupting Us!: And 20 Other Myths about Unions, (2012) Bill Fletcher
  16. Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, (2012) jane McAlevey and Bob Ostertag
  17. State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence, (2007) Philip Dine
  18. State of the Union: A Century of American Labor, (2002) Nelson Lichtenstein
  19. Gendering Labor History, (2007) Alice Kessler-Harris
  20. Social Justice for Women: The International Labor Organization and Women, (1990) Carol Riegelman Lubin and Anne Winslow


“If you object to unfair treatment, you’re an ingrate. If you seek equity and fair consideration, you’re uppity. If you demand union security, you’re un-American. If you rebel against repressive management tactics, they will lynch and scalp you. But if you are passive and patient, they will take advantage of both.”
-Congressman William Clay, Sr.