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In the United States Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September. It is an annual federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of workers to society.
The Dawning of American Labor by
Publication Date: 2017-11-29
A concise history of labor and work in America from the birth of the Republic to the Industrial Age and beyond. Summary taken from book.
Labor under Fire by
Publication Date: 2017-05-15
From the Reagan years to the present, the labor movement has faced a profoundly hostile climate. As America’s largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO was forced to reckon with severe political and economic headwinds. Yet the AFL-CIO survived, consistently fighting for programs that benefited millions of Americans, including social security, unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and universal health care. With a membership of more than 13 million, it was also able to launch the largest labor march in American history--1981’s Solidarity Day--and to play an important role in politics. Summary taken from book.
A Matter of Moral Justice by
Publication Date: 2021-07-13
This book examines the role of African American and radical women activists and their collisions with labor organizing and union politics in the 1930s.
Redeeming Time by
Publication Date: 2014-12-03
During the struggle for the eight-hour workday and a shorter workweek, Chicago emerged as an important battleground for workers in “the entire civilized world” to redeem time from the workplace in order to devote it to education, civic duty, health, family, and leisure. This book explores how the city's eight-hour movement intersected with a Protestant religious culture that supported long hours to keep workers from idleness, intemperance, and secular leisure activities.
State of the Union - A Century of American Labor by
Publication Date: 2003-09-17
In a fresh and timely reinterpretation, Nelson Lichtenstein examines how trade unionism has waxed and waned in the nation's political and moral imagination, among both devoted partisans and intransigent foes. From the steel foundry to the burger-grill, from Woodrow Wilson to John Sweeney, from Homestead to Pittston, Lichtenstein weaves together a compelling matrix of ideas, stories, strikes, laws, and people in a streamlined narrative of work and labor in the twentieth century.
Raised awareness, through protests, marches and boycotts, about the working conditions of field hands and formed the National Farm Workers Association,
Perkins worked at the local, state and federal level to improve worker health and safety. She was also the first woman to hold a presidential cabinet position when Franklin D. Roosevelt asked her to serve as his Secretary of Labor.
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was a labor activist and helped form the Industrial Workers of the World.
She helped form a female led hat makers' union and later became the president of the National Women's Trade Union League.
Was a local and national labor leader as well as the first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
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