USA

Factotum - Charles Bukowski

The only person to have made a writing career about yo-yoing in and out of employment, Bukowski accounts the conditions in 1944 having faced rejection from the draft. Although racist, incredibly misogynistic and generally prejudiced to anyone including himself, this is an honest look at the tedium of work.

The IWW and the black worker

A piece by historian Philip Foner on the IWW's efforts to organize black workers and its outlook on race in the United States.

Local unions, “primitive democracy,” and workers’ self-activity - Staughton Lynd

An article directed at "local union officers or would-be local union officers who hope somehow to make use of their tenure in local union office to move toward a socialist society", Staughton Lynd provides historical examples of working class self-activity, concluding with a choice between business unionism and horizontalism.

Resisting plant shutdowns

A review of 3 books on factory closures in the U.S. during the 1980s.

Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law

Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law is a guerrilla legal handbook for for workers in a precarious global economy. Blending cutting-edge legal strategies for winning justice at work with a theory of dramatic social change from below, Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross deliver a practical guide for making work better while re-invigorating the labor movement.

Race and the CIO: the possibilities for racial egalitarianism during the 1930s and 1940s

An essay by Michael Goldfield, identifying what he believes are the most important issues concerning the CIO's racial policies, examining how racially egalitarian the CIO and its various components actually were; the determinants of how egalitarian a union was; what caused many CIO unions and the CIO as a whole to retreat from their early commitments to racial egalitarianism; and the unrealized possibilities for egalitarian, interracial unionism in the United States.

Rebel Girls and Union Maids: the woman question in the journals of the AFL and IWW, 1905-1920

An article by Ann Schofield which contrasts the differences and examines the striking likenesses between the AFL and the IWW approaches to the woman question through their treatment of important women's issues of the day.

The One Big Union in Washington

An article by David Jay Bercuson on the radical Canadian 'One Big Union' and its efforts to organize in Washington state (U.S.).

"Who gets the bird?" or, How the Communists won power and trust in America's unions: the relative autonomy of intraclass political struggles

An essay on the American Communist Party's efforts in the CIO.

From gang-bangers to urban revolutionaries: the Young Lords of Chicago

An essay on Chicago's Young Lords Organization, a Puerto Rican radical group started by former gang members in the 1960s.