Labour History

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The Accumulation of Capital
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1913
Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
The Age of Aquiescenence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
Fraser, Steve
Book
2015
A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights mo...
All That Our Hands Have Done: A Pictorial History of Hamilton Workers
Heron, Craig; Hoffmitz, Shea; Roberts, Wayne; Storey, Robert
Book
1981
The story of working people in Hamilton's steel industry.
American Communism and Soviet Russia: The Formative Period
Draper, Theodore
Book
1960
A history of the formative peirod of the American Communist Party.
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
The American Working Class in Historical Persepctive
Glaberman, Martin
Article
1973
A review of Jeremy Brecher's Strike! (See CX6590)
Arizona Copper Mine Strike of 1983: Connexipedia Article
Article
1983
Dispute between the Phelps Dodge Corporation and a unionized copper miners.
Australian waterfront dispute of 1998: Connexipedia Article
Article
Severe and protracted industrial relations dispute, primarily between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and Patrick Corporation, a stevedoring and transportation company.
Australia's Labor War on the Docks
Sheppard, Barry
Article
1998
THE BATTLE BETWEEN the Australian "wharfies" and the Patrick Stevedore company, backed by the right-wing coalition government of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard, became a test of strength not only ...
The Autobiography of Mother Jones
Jones, Mary (Mother Jones)
Book
1925
In spite of oppressors, in spite of false leaders, in spite of labor's own lack of understanding of its needs, the cause of the worker continues onward.
Beyond the Fields
Early, Steve
Article
2011
There is a strong historical link between the United Farm Workers in its heyday and myriad forms of progressive activism today. UFW alumni, ideas, and strategies have influenced Latino political empo...
Brother Max: Labour Organizer and Educator
Swerdlow, Max; Kealey, Gregory S.
Book
Max Swerdlow outlines his work beginning in Depression-era Winnipeg, leading to his involvement with the International Labour Organization.
The Bund (General Jewish Labour Bund): Connexipedia Article
Article
A secular Jewish socialist party in Central and Eastern Europe operating predominantly between the 1890s and the 1930s.
Bureaucratic mass strikes: A response to Mark O’Brien
Lyddon, Dave
Article
2015
The mass strike of 30 November 2011 (N30) was the broadest and biggest ever British public sector strike and involved the largest number of women workers in any British strike. Dave Lyddon comments.
Canada: The Communist Viewpoint
Buck, Tim
Book
1948
Tim Buck, the national leader of the Labor-Progressive Party, sets out the Communist position on the big questions of Canada's destiny.
Canadian Labour History Bibliography, 1976-2009
Lonardo, Michael
Database
Recognizing the limitations that must be set on a project that relies primarily on a single individual, the bibliography has been limited to English-language monographs, pamphlets, journal articles, a...
Canadian Labour in Politics
Horowitz, Gad
Book
1968
A historical study of the relationship between the labour movement and the social democratic party in Canada, as that relationship developed since the birth of modern industrial unionism.
The Canadian Left: A Critical Analysis
Penner, Norman
Book
1977
The main focus of the book is the emergence and development of Canadian socialist thought. Penner examines the origins of the Communist Party of Canada and its ideological base and the beginings and d...
The Canso Strait Fisherman's Strike, 1970-71
Cameron, Silver Donald
Book
1977
An account of the 1970-71 strike of Nova Scotia fishermen, after two large fisheries refused to recognize their newly formed union.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
The Case of Occupy and the Longshoremen's Union: Who's Speaking for Whom?
Winslow, Cal
Article
2011
Occupy Oakland should not be pretending to speak on behalf of Oakland's dockworkers, and should not be telling the dockworkers when and how they should strike. Occupy Oakland's actions are the opposit...
La Causa: The California Grape Strike
Fusco, Paul (photos); Horwitz, George D. (text)
Book
1970
A documentary of the California grape workers' strike.
Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism: Review of Frank Bardacke, Trampling Out The Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers
Article
2013
Bardacke tells the story of one movement’s evolution from grassroots obscurity to such (relatively little-known) successes as the Salinas Valley (California) general strike of lettuce pickers in 1979—...
Chávez, César: Connexipedia Article
Article
Mexican American farm worker, labour leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). (19...
A Class Act: An Illustrated History of the Labour Movement in Newfoundland and Labrador
Gillespie, Bill
Book
1986
Gillespie records the men and women who struggled within an economic system they did not control to improve the lives of their families and their class.
Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
Simons, H.J.; Simons, R.E.
Book
1969
A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist pri...
Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origin of the Workers-Councils Movement
Bologna, Sergio
Article
1972
Re-examines a crucial segment of labour history, the German workers' council experience, which bridges the classical socialist phase of the Second and Third Internationals, and the post-Keynesian peri...
Colorado Labor Wars: Connexipedia Article
Article
Colorado's most significant battles between labor and capital which occurred primarily between miners and mine operators.
A Communist Life: Jack Scott and the Canadian Workers Movement, 1927-1985
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
Jack Scott's experiences from joining the Communist Party of Canada to founding the Canada-China Friendship Association in the early 1960s.
Comrade's Socialist Songbook
Website
Revolutionary and trade union songs, mostly from the The Socialist Songbook.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Library: Labour and Unions Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on labour and unions.
Constitution and By-Laws of Industrial Workers of the World
Article
1905
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing cla...
A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics and Labor
Lichtenstein, Nelson
Book
2013
Compilation and updates of many of Lichtenstein's most provocative and controversial essays and reviews. The author offers perspectives on the relationship of labour and the state, the tensions that s...
Convict Labor in America: Book review
Ortiz, Paul
Article
1998
Convict labour, like antebellum slavery, was an American way of life, a cultural practice that tied northern capitalists, plantation owners, university-trained social reformers, federal officials and ...
Critique of Syndicalist Methods: Trade-Unionism to Anarcho-Syndicalism
Bonanno, Alfredo M.
Article
1975
Bonanno's 1975 meditation on the means to be used in pursuit of the anarchist project. Emphasizes the utility of unions in propagating capitalist control of industry and agriculture.
Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement: Connexipedia Article
Article
An organization of African-American workers formed in May 1968 in the Chrysler Corporation's Hamtramck Assembly plant, formerly Dodge Main, Detroit, Michigan.
Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900
Kealey, Gregory S.; Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
The Holy Order of Knights of Labour, based in Ontario, pressed for a more egalitarian society by unifying industrial workers.
Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900
Carleton, Sean; Smith, Julia; Folvik, Robin; Bradd, Sam
Book
2013
A comic book history of the Knights of Labor in Canada.
Egypt's Long Labor History: Against The Current vol. 142
Said, Atef
Article
2009
The Egyptian working class is one of the oldest in the region, with a long history of internationalist solidarity. Egyptian loading and longshoremen workers in 1947, for example, boycotted the Dutch s...
Engels, Manchester and the Working Class
Marcus, Steven
Book
1974
An account and interpretation of the writing of Friedrich Engels' first major work, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844.
Essays in Canadian Working Class History
Kealey, Gregory; Warrian, Peter (eds.)
Book
1976
Eugene V. Debs Speaks
Tussey, Jean Y. (ed.)
Book
1983
European Labour History Network - working group on Factory History
Article
2013
The founding meeting of the ELHN took place at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) on 12 October 2013. The forty scholars who gathered in Amsterdam, belonging to research institutions...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Flint and the Rewriting of History
Dollinger, Sol
Article
1996
The 1937 sitdown strikes were a thunderbolt shattering minimal labor-management relations. The victory of the Flint auto workers heralded the most profound social changes in the United States since th...
Flint Sit-Down Strike: Connexipedia Article
Article
Changed the United Automobile Workers from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major union and led to the unionization of the United States automobile industry.
The Flint Sitdown for Beginners
Post, Charlie
Article
1996
The Sitdown Strike at GM's Flint, Michigan Fisher Body and Chevrolet plants (December 1936-February 1937) was a turning point in the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
The Flint sit-down strike, 1936-1937: Jeremy Brecher
Steven
Article
2013
210,000 auto workers joined the American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.) to take part in the strike but the A.F.L leadership however wanted no part in a strike, and managed to postpone it again and again...
Goodbye "Norma Rae": Eulogy for Crystal Lee Sutton, Labor Hero
Macaray, David
Article
2009
Crystal Lee Sutton was a genuine hero. She will forever be remembered as one of the champions of organized labor, right up there with the Joe Hills, Bill Haywoods and Emma Goldmans.
Goodwin, Albert (Ginger): Connexipedia Article
Article
Canadian labour leader. (1887-1918)
The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time
Polanyi, Karl
Book
1944
Polanyi analyzes the social and political upheavals that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. Polanyi contends that the modern market economy and the modern nation-state should...
Haywood, Bill (Big Bill Haywood): Connexipedia Article
Article
American unionist and communist, one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) (1869-1928).
History of union busting in the United States: Connexipedia Article
Article
Union Busting is a term used by labor organizations and trade unions to describe the activities that may be undertaken by employers, their proxies, workers and in certain instances states and governme...
Hold the Line
Lee, Min Sook (Director)
Film/Video
2009
A restrained story-telling of the 2009 CUPE strike in Windsor, Ontario. Excellent shots of Windsor backed by a moody soundtrack, this film tells the story of the Windsor CUPE strike from the workers' ...
How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together
Barbagallo, Camille
Article
2014
A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
How Our Lives Have Been Changed: An interview with Kate DeSmet
Article
1997
You understand that there's a "common union" and "community," which of course is where "communion" comes from. That's better than what I had before. The best writers write with their own voice; and i...
Huerta, Dolores: Connexipedia Article
Article
The co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Born 1930).
Imperialism, Nationalism, and Canada.
Heron, Craig (ed.) Introduction by John Saul and Craig Heron
Book
1977
Interpretations of Canada's status in the system of world imperialism and the internal dynamics of class, race, and region within the Canadian national state.
Industrial Workers of the World: Connexipedia Article
Article
The IWW contends that all workers should be united as a class and that the wage system should be abolished. They may be best known for the Wobbly Shop model of workplace democracy, in which workers el...
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
The Italian Factory Occupations of 1920: When 600,000 workers seized control of their workplaces
Wetzel, Tom
Article
1988
During the month of September, 1920, a widespread occupation of Italian factories by their workforces took place, which originated in the auto factories, steel mills and machine tool plants of the met...
James P. Cannon on the Legacy of the IWW
Cannon, James P.
Article
1955
Formed in direct opposition to the craft unionism of the American Federation of Labor, the IWW drew its membership largely from young workers who took to the road to find work where they could -- as r...
Jewish Labour Committee: Connexipedia: Article on HistoryofRights.com
Article
Formed in 1936, the JLC was a front runner in the push for anti-discrimination legislation in Ontario.
Jim Crutchfield's I.W.W. Page
Crutchfield, Jim
Website
Historic documents on the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies).
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Kicking Ass for the Working Class: Against The Current vol. 133
Moody, Kim
Article
2008
There it was, staring at me from the AFL-CIO’s very own blog: a black sign with bold red letters saying “KICKING ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS,” signed AFL-CIO. Surely they meant to say “working for,” or ...
Knights of Labor: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
The major labour reform organization of the late 19th century in the United States.
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
The Labour Companion: A bibliography of Canadian labour history. Second edition.
Vaisey, G. Douglas
Database
1980
he Canadian Labour Bibliography was an initiative of the Committee on Canadian Labour History in the 1970s. The initial efforts to create an annual reading list of publications dealing with Canadian ...
Labor Film Database: Films, videos and film festivals that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues
Website
Over 1,700 films and videos are listed here, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords
Labour Martyr: Joe Hill
Smith, Gibbs M
Book
1972
The story of the rebel songwriter and union activst Joe Hill, who was murdered by the state of Utah in 1915.
Labour Songs
Green, Archie
Audio
1991
1950-1985. ...
Labour Spies: Connexipedia Article
Article
Labor spies are persons recruited or employed for the purpose of gathering intelligence, committing sabotage, sowing dissent, or engaging in other similar activities, typically within the context of a...
Labour Studies Index
Database
The Labour Studies Index is a searchable open-access index of recent publications in Canadian labour studies. It covers books, book chapters, journal articles, reviews, commissioned reports, and these...
The Labor Wars
Lens, Sidney
Book
1973
A survey of landmark events in the U.S. labour movement.
Labor's Giant Step: The First Twenty Years of the CIO: 1936–55
Preis, Art
Book
1964
The story of the explosive labor struggles and political battles in the 1930s that built the industrial unions.
Leadville Colorado, Miners' Strike: Connexipedia Article
Article
Occurred as a result of rapid industrialization and consolidation of the mining industry.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Manoir Richelieu Dispute: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Rioux, Michel
Article
Few labour disputes have included such dramatic developments as the eventful Manoir Richelieu conflict, which shook Quebec in December 1985 when the Parti Québécois government sold the property, a ren...
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
Marxism vs. Anarchism Part 5: From 1848 to the Bolshevik Revolution
Seymour, Joseph
Article
1996
Seymour analyzes the syndicalist movements - which emphasized that the main obstacle to social revolution lay in the organizational weakness of the anarchist movement and the disorganization of the wo...
A Marxist History of the World part 51: The origins of the Labour Movement
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1906
Luxemburg writes that "the mass strike in Russia [in 1905] has been realised not as means of evading the political struggle of the working-class, and especially of parliamentarism, not as a means of j...
May Day & SDS & SNCC Jubilee
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2010
Class consciousness is the knowledge that emancipation is ours. Class struggle is the fight for it, the fight to be a class, and then the fight to abolish the class system. It is not economistic; it...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Mexico's PATCO Moment?: Against The Current vol. 143
La Botz, Dan
Article
2009
The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), made up of approximately 43,000 active and 22,000 retired workers in Mexico City and surrounding states, is fighting for its life. The union’s struggle has ...
Mine Wars Museum Opens, Revives Lost Labour History
Todd, Roxy
Article
2015
Mine Wars museum opens in Matewan to revive West Virginia’s labour history.
The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor
Lichtenstein, Nelson
Book
Lichtenstein shows us the origins of some of the union movement's current weaknesses--little organization at the workplace level, no capacity to act independently in the political sphere, viewed by ma...
Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life & Death on the American Left
Ross, John
Book
2004
Much of this book is in the form of a fictional dialogue between two radicals discussing the political events of both of their lifetimes.
My Past is Now: Further Memoirs of a Labour Lawyer
Stanton, John; Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
This account begins with Stanton's childhood, leading to cases such as his defence of Fergus McKean, and a Cold War libel suit in BC.
Nationalism, Communism and Canadian Labour: The CIO, The Communist Party, and the Canadian Congress of Labour 1935-1956
Abella, Irving
Book
1973
A history of the Canadian Congress of Labour and of the CIO in Canada from the 1930s to the 1950s. The author raises many significant questions concerning the presence of American unions in Canada and...
Never Say Die!
Stanton, John
Book
Autobiography of labour lawyer John Stanton with an account of Canadian labour history since the 1930's.
New Hogtown Press: After Retrenchment, A Few Steps Forward
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1975
A profile of New Hogtown Press, a radical book and pamphlet publisher and distributor.
New Hogtown Press: Connexipedia Article
Article
2010
New Hogtown Press was a Canadian left-wing publisher active during the 1970s and 1980s.
Nine-Hour Movement: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Was an international workers' attempt to secure shorter working days.
Not Automatic: Women and the Left in the Forging of the Auto Workers' Union
Dollinger, Sol; Dollinger, Genora Johnson
Book
This story of the birth and infancy of the United Auto Workers, told by two participants, shows how the gains workers made were neither easy nor inevitable - not automatic - but required strategic and...
Notebook of an Agitator
Cannon, James P.
Book
1958
Over 100 articles from the pen of an active participant in the events of thirty years of labor history. Cannon covers the campaigns to save Sacco and Vanzetti, the historic strikes of the 1930s, the K...
The Oakland General Strike of 1946
Weir, Stan
Article
An account of the General Strike in Oakland, California.
On the CP-USA and the Unions
Haberkern, Ernie
Article
1997
Trade union officialdom, especially its top layers, not only defends the rights of the employer against those demands of the members that can't be met at a given time; it also, and at the same time, d...
On the Labor Bureaucracy
Post, Charlie
Article
1997
The job of socialists today, as in the past, is to help organize a rank-and-file movement within the unions that is critical of the methods of bureaucratic business unionism and promotes militancy, so...
On Walter Reuther: Legends and Lessons
Goldfield, Michael
Article
1997
When we attempt to evaluate the best strategies for revitalization of the labor movement, it is good to know, in an older vernacular, which approaches and leaders were part of the problem and which we...
One Big Union: An Outline of a Possible Industrial Organization of the Working Class, with Chart
Trautman, Willaim E.
Article
1911
This is the first edition of a booklet that was revised and republished many times by both the I. W. W. and Daniel De Leon's "Detroit I. W. W." (later the W. I. I. U.), to which the author defected in...
Organizing Immigrant Labour
Verzuh, Ron
Article
2014
Barriers to unionizing the smelter workers of Trail, British Columbia, during the Second World War.
The Origins of the Union Shop
Wetzel, Tom
Article
1986
Though the typical union contract nowadays contains some sort of union shop provision, union membership was voluntary under almost all CIO contracts prior to 1942. The dues "check off" was virtually u...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2015: Labour Day issue
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Labour Day issue, with articles examining the relentless pressure put on workers to work ever longer hours, at the cost of their health and family life; anti-worker legislation, Zapatista popular educ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015: Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Pain on Their Faces: Testimonies on the Paper Mill Strike, Jay, Manie, 1987-1988
Jay-Livermore Falls Working Class History Project
Book
1998
An accourt of an epic struggle by workers and their community against a powerful and aggressive corporation -- a strike by 1,250 workers against the International Paper Company in Jay, Maine, in 1987-...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Plunderbund and Proletariat: A History of the IWW in B.C.
Scott, Jack
Book
1975
A history of working class struggle from the workers' perspective.
Pocket History of the British Working Class
Postgate, Raymond
Book
1942
A brief history of the British working class.
Politics and Memory in the Flint Sitdown Strikes: A comment on Historiography
Lichtenstein, Nelson
Article
1996
The General Motors strike of 1936-37 was the most important union victory of the 20th century, but the very meaning of its success was ambiguous indeed.
The Press and the Class Struggle: Against The Current vol. 131
Eidlin, Barry
Article
2007
Early on the morning of August 19, 1997, the U.S. labor movement experienced something it had rarely known in recent years: a victory on a national scale. After two weeks out on strike, over 185,000 m...
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization: Connexipedia Article
Article
A United States trade union which operated from 1968 until its decertification in 1981 following a strike which was broken by the Reagan Administration.
Pullman Strike: Connexipedia Article
Article
A nationwide conflict between labour unions and railroads that occurred in the United States in 1894.
The Quebec general strike 1972
Sweetman, George "Mick"
Article
The story of one of the largest working class rebellions in American history. 300,000 workers participated in North America's largest general strike to that date, radio stations were seized, factories...
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
Book
2012
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Rank and File: Personal Histories of Working Class Organizers
Lynd, Alice; Lynd, Staughton (eds.)
Book
1973
A collection of stories and recollections from labour movement organizers.
R.C.M.P. Security Bulletins: The War Series, Part II, 1942-1945
Kealey, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Reg
Book
This volume completes the series of Security Bulletins for World War II, discussing security concerns and underlying ideology of the Secret Service.
R.C.M.P. Security Bulletins: The Depression Years, Part I, 1933-1934
Kealey, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Reg
Book
This volume begins a series on the Depression years, discussing security concerns and the underlying ideology of the Secret Service.
R.C.M.P. Security Bulletins: The Early Years, 1919-1929
Kealey, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Reg
Book
This volume contains materials received through the Canadian Access to Information legislation, providing an overview of the genesis of the RCMP.
R.C.M.P. Security Bulletins: The War Series, 1939-1941
Kealey, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Reg
Book
It contains reports the RCMP issued to government of "subversive" activity, now held by CSIS. It covers a time when the CPC was illegal.
R.C.M.P. Security Bulletins: The Depression Years, Part II, 1935
Kealey, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Reg; Manley, John
Book
This fully-indexed volume documents the RCMP's surveillance of the CPC, unions, and unemployed organizations, with coverage of the 1935 election.
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Red Clydeside: Connexipedia Article
Article
A term used to describe the era of political radicalism that characterised the city of Glasgow in Scotland, and urban areas around the city on the banks of the River Clyde such as Clydebank, Greenock ...
Rediscovering Radical History
Irving, Terry
Article
2011
This essay studies the early days of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History Society (ASSLH).
Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals
Early, Steve
Article
2004
Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir.
A Reply to Nelson Lichtenstein: Assessing Union Leaderships
Goldfield, Michael
Article
1997
What is the relation of even the most liberal bureaucrats to capital (why do they inevitably downplay the fight for equality, why are they so much in favor of collaboration, corporatist approaches, in...
Revolutionary Politics and the Cuban Working Class: Torchbook Edition
Zeitlin, Maurice
Book
1970
A study of Cuban workers after consolidation of the Castro regime.
Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934
Palmer. Bryan D.
Book
2013
A book on the Teamster's strike of 1934.
The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell, George
Book
1937
George Orwell's investigation of an English working class community in the 1930s.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Scargill, Arthur: Connexipedia Article
Article
British trade unionist and political party leader. (Born 1938).
The Seattle General Strike of 1919
History Committee of the General Strike Committee
Article
1919
From February 6 to February 11, 1919, nearly 100,000 Seattle workers participated in a general strike. This pamphlet is a history of the strike, written by the History Committee of the General Strike ...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike That Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement
Tully, John
Book
2014
In 1889, Samuel Winkworth Silver's rubber and electrical factory was the site of a massive worker revolt. The factory was notorious for oppressive working conditions and its largely unorganized, unski...
Six Weeks of Solidarity
Dobchuk, Victor (Director)
Film/Video
1995
A look at the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, 75 years later.
Slaughterhouse Fight: A Look at the Hormel Strike
Boyce, Steve; Edwards, Jake; Wetzel, Tom
Article
1986
Social History Portal
Website
Search and browse digital collections on social history and the history of the labour movement from the late 18th to the beginning of the 21st century. More than 900,000 digitised objects (archives, b...
Socialist and Labor Songs: An International Revolutionary Songbook
Morgan, Elizabeth (ed.); Preface by Utah Phillips
Book
1964
Seventy-seven songs -- with words and sheet music -- of solidarity, revolt, humor, and revolution.
Spontaneity and Organization: Some Comments
Montgomery, David
Article
1973
A contribution to a symposium on Jeremy Brecher's book Strike!
Steel strike of 1952: Connexipedia Article
Article
A strike by the United Steelworkers of America against U.S. Steel and nine other steelmakers.
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
Strikes, List of: Connexipedia Article
Article
The following is a list of deliberate absence from work related to specific working conditions (strikes) or due to general unhappiness with the political order (general strikes).
Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Dobb, Maurice M.A.
Book
1947
A Marxist interpretation of economic development in the period of modern capitalism. Starting with the decline of serfdom, the book deals with the beginnings of the bourgeoisie in the rising urban com...
Tanaka-san will not do Calisthenics
Delofski, Maree (Director)
Film/Video
2008
Filmed in Japan, this film follows Tanaka-san who was let go from his job at Oki Electric Manufacturing Company 25 years ago when he refused to conform to militaristic working expectations. Tanaka-san...
Teamsters and Cops
Palmer, Bryan D.
Article
2016
Minneapolis teamsters in 1934 knew something we should remember -- police enforce the ruling class's unjust order.
Textile workers strike (1934): Connexipedia Article
Article
A strike involving 400,000 textile workers from New England, the Mid-Atlantic states and the U.S. Southern states.
Thinking Union: Activism and Education in Canada's Labour Movement
Martin, D'arcy
Book
1995
Examining activism and education in Canadian labour, it's both a personal memoir and a guide to labour education. Martin explores and explains union culture, mergers and internal splits, the mechanics...
Traces of Magma: An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature
Knight, Rolf
Book
1983
An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
The Trade Union Movement of Canada, 1827-1959
Lipton, Charles
Book
1967
An account of trade union evolution as a whole for the period 1827-1959, as well as an ouline of continuing sphere's of Labour's effort, such as organization of the unorganized, the fight for better c...
UFCW: Strategy of Appeasement
Wetzel, Tom; Edwards, Jake
Article
1986
Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1998
Essays on the history of working men and women from the late 18th to the late twentieth century discussing British working class traditions, political radicalism of 19th century shoemakers, peasants a...
Union busting: Connexipedia Article
Article
A wide range of activities undertaken by employers, their proxies, and governments, which hinder workers from freely organizing, joining and maintaining trade unions.
A Union Defeated at United Air Lines: Against The Current vol. 134
Miah, Malik; O'Rourke, Terry
Article
2008
The April 1 certification of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) was no April Fool’s joke for the 8600 eligible mechanic and related United Airlines (UAL) employees who voted in the March...
UK miners' strike (1984 - 1985): Connexipedia Article
Article
1984
A major industrial action affecting the British coal industry.
Uprising of 1953 in East Germany: Connexipedia Article
Article
A widespread uprising against the Stalinist German Democratic Republic government.
Violence and the Newspaper Strike
Bernick, Thomas
Article
1997
To those who still allow their anti-union biases and their exposure to employer misinformation to cloud their perception of reality, I would pose the following question: If the employer and its suppor...
Walter Reuther, 'Social Unionist'
Glaberman, Martin
Article
1996
The book is full of self-serving quotations from Reuther and others that are accepted at face value. There is a very superficial understanding of the auto industry, of life in the union and on the sho...
We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Dubofsky, Melvyn
Book
2000
A history of the militant labour organization founded in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World.
We're Going to Run This City: Winnipeg's Political left after the General Strike
Epp-Koop, Stefan
Book
2015
Explores the dynamic municipal politics thqt came out of the largest labour protest in Canadian history and the ramifications for Winnipeg throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Western Federation of Miners: Connexipedia Article
Article
Radical labor union that gained a reputation for militancy in the mines of the western United States and British Columbia.
What Are the Origins of May Day?
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1894
As long as the struggle of the workers against the bourgeoisie and the ruling class continues, as long as all demands are not met, May Day will be the yearly expression of these demands. And, when bet...
When the UAW Was Young: Against The Current vol. 131
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2007
An interview with Erwin and Estar Baur.
Whose side are you on? The mundane decline of labour history
McQueen, Humphrey
Article
2011
The following polemical intervention by Humphrey McQueen is published as a contribution to understanding the nature, and practice, of radical history.
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Winnipeg 1919: The strikers' own history of the Winnipeg General Strike
Penner, Norman (ed.)
Book
1972
The Winnipeg General Strike was a landmark in Canadian political and labour history. This book, with the lively and clearly-written strikers' account of the strike and more than 40 photos of major str...
Winter of Discontent: Connexipedia Article
Article
A term used to describe the British winter of 1978-1979, during which there were widespread strikes by local authority trade unions demanding larger pay raises for their members.
Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Alewitz, Mike; Coe, Sue; Jones, Sabrina; Buhle, Paul; Schulman, Nicole
Book
2005
The stories of the hard-rock miners’ shooting wars, Elizabeth Gurly Flynn (the “Rebel Girl”), the first sit-down strikes and Free Speech fights, Emma Goldman and the struggle for birth control access,...
Work and New Technologies: Other Perspectives (Volume 3)
DeBresson, Chris; Lowe Benston, Margaret; Vorst, Jesse
Book
1987
Essays covering health hazards, labour concerns, and issues of deskilling related to new technologies in the workplace.
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...
A Working-Class Hero Is Something To Be: Against The Current vol. 133
Early, Steve
Article
2008
As a 35-year veteran of union activity in America, I can personally attest that Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) was a rare bird, perhaps the last of his kind.
Working Lives: Vancouver 1886-1986
Working Lives Collective
Book
1986

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Anarchy Archives
An archive of anarchist writings by classic authors such as Rocker, Goldman, Proudhon, and Malatesta.
Confederation of Canadian Unions
To promote the study, defense and development of the economic, social and moral interests of all workers in Canada. The CCU is building a democratic labour movement, where rank and file members reall...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
International Labor and Working Class History
ILWCH explores diverse topics from globalisation and workers' rights to class and consumption, labor movements, class identities and cultures, unions, and working-class politics.
Labour/Le Travail
A bilingual journal holding no rigid position on the definition of labour. The editorial board hopes to foster imaginative approaches to both teaching and research in labour studies through an open ex...
Libcom.org
Resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions. We want to discuss with one another, learn from experiences of the past and develop strategies ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Winchevsky Centre (Morris Winchevsky School)
The Winchevsky Centre is a progressive secular Jewish community centre offering intergenerational cultural and educational opportunities emphasizing Jewish history and traditions. Programs reflect a s...
Workers' Vanguard
Newspaper of the International Communist Leage (Fourth Internationalist).

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Le Centre d'histoire et d'archives du travail
Le Centre d'histoire et d'archives du travail (CHAT) se consacre à la préservation de la mémoire des syndicats québécois, menacée en l'absence d'une intervention concertée. Il a pour mission de sensib...
The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
Destruction of Labor History Archives at Ruskin College, Oxford
Poe, Ryan
2012
The archives of Ruskin College, pioneer institution of working-class education, have been partly destroyed, on the instructions of the college principal and despite protests and an offer from the Bish...
European Labour History Network – Working Group on Feminist Labour History
2013
The founding meeting of the ELHN took place at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) on 12 October 2013. The forty scholars who gathered in Amsterdam, belonging to research institutions...
An Experiment in Democracy - Book Review
La Botz, Dan
1999
Organizing Dissent: Unions, the State, and the Democratic Teachers' Movement in Mexico by Maria Lorena Cook. (University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996). Photographs, ap...
How British Labor Declined: Cowley from the Inside - Book Review
Cohen, Sheila
1998
Inside Cowley: Trade Union Struggle in the 1970s by Alan Thornett (London: Porcupine Press, 1998) 407 pages, $20 paperback.*
Labour spies
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Labour spies are persons recruited or employed for the purpose of gathering intelligence, committing sabotage, sowing dissent, or engaging in other similar activities, typically within the context of ...
Social and Labour History News
Recent new from the field of social and labour history.

From the Connexions Archives

Docs Populi
Documents for the public
Website
Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike Against G.M. 1936-37
How Trade Unionism was Won
Linder, Walter
Article
A history of the Flint strike (1936-1937).
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Newsletter
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workp...
Radical America - Volume 6 Number 5
Special Issue: Quebec
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
An analysis of the Quebec general strike of 1972 and its roots in Quebec history.