Best Labor & Industrial Relations Books

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1. Discrimination and Disparities

Author: by Thomas Sowell
Published at: Basic Books; Enlarged edition (March 5, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1541645639

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An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell’s brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparitiesEconomic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics.

Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate. Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics.

This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision-from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.


2. The Radium Girls (The Dark Story of America's Shining Women)

Author: by Kate Moore
Published at: SOURCEBOOKS; 1st edition (March 1, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1492650959

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A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller! “the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.”NPR Books The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community.

From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies.

With such a coveted job, these shining girls are the luckiest alive until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption.

And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.


3. The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Author: by Minda Harts
Published at: Seal Press (September 15, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1541675414

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From microaggressions to the wage gap, The Memo empowers women of color with actionable advice on challenges and offers a clear path to success. Most business books provide a one-size-fits-all approach to career advice that overlooks the unique barriers that women of color face.

In The Memo, Minda Harts offers a much-needed career guide tailored specifically for women of color. Drawing on knowledge gained from her past career as a fundraising consultant to top colleges across the country, Harts now brings her powerhouse entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo to the page.

With wit and candor, she acknowledges “ugly truths” that keep women of color from having a seat at the table in corporate America. Providing straight talk on how to navigate networking, office politics, and money, while showing how to make real change to the system, The Memo offers support and long-overdue advice on how women of color can succeed in their careers.


4. Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

Author: by Sarah Jaffe
Published at: Bold Type Books (January 26, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1568589398

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A deeply-reported examination of why “doing what you love” is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives. You’re told that if you “do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Whether it’s working for “exposure” and “experience,” or enduring poor treatment in the name of “being part of the family,” all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love.

In Work Won’t Love You Back, Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, examines this “labor of love” myththe idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay.

Told through the lives and experiences of workers in various industriesfrom the unpaid intern, to the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit worker and even the professional athleteJaffe reveals how all of us have been tricked into buying into a new tyranny of work.


5. Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots

Author: by James Suzman
Published at: Penguin Press (January 19, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0525561750

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“This book is a tour de force.” – Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and TakeA revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work by leading anthropologist James SuzmanWork defines who we are. It determines our status, and dictates how, where, and with whom we spend most of our time.

It mediates our self-worth and molds our values. But are we hard-wired to work as hard as we do? Did our Stone Age ancestors also live to work and work to live? And what might a world where work plays a far less important role look like?

To answer these questions, James Suzman charts a grand history of “work” from the origins of life on Earth to our ever more automated present, challenging some of our deepest assumptions about who we are. Drawing insights from anthropology, archaeology, evolutionary biology, zoology, physics, and economics, he shows that while we have evolved to find joy meaning and purpose in work, for most of human history our ancestors worked far less and thought very differently about work than we do now.


6. Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America

Author: by Barbara Ehrenreich
Published at: Picador USA; 1st edition (August 1, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0312626686

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In this now classic work, Barbara Ehrenreich, our sharpest and most original social critic, goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them.

She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a jobany jobcan be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered.

Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort.


7. Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance

Author: by Noam Chomsky
Published at: Haymarket Books (January 5, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1642592634

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Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents both a crisis and an opportunity. Everything depends on the actions that people take into their own hands.’How does politics shape our world, our lives and our perceptions?

How much of ‘common sense’ is actually driven by the ruling classes’ needs and interests? And how are we to challenge the capitalist structures that now threaten all life on the planet? Consequences of Capitalism exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal ‘common sense’ and structural power.

In making these linkages, we see how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions.


8. The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

Author: by Andrew Yang

Published at: Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (April 2, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0316414210

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The New York Times bestseller from CNN Political Commentator and 2020 former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, this thought-provoking and prescient call-to-action outlines the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income (UBI), to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation.

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future-now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years-jobs that won’t be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society?

In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans’ livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills.


9. Bullshit Jobs (A Theory)

Author: by David Graeber
Published at: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (May 7, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1501143335

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From bestselling writer David Graebera master of opening up thought and stimulating debate (Slate)a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobsand their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.It went viral.

After one million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. There are hordes of peopleHR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyerswhose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.

Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Clever and charismatic (The New Yorker), Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture.

10. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Author: by Matthew B. Crawford
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0143117469

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A philosopher/mechanic’s wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one’s hands “This is a deep exploration of craftsmanship by someone with real, hands-on knowledge. The book is also quirky, surprising, and sometimes quite moving.” Richard Sennett, author of The CraftsmanCalled “the sleeper hit of the publishing season” by The Boston Globe, Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor.

On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker,” based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

11. The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

Author: by Bhaskar Sunkara
Published at: Basic Books; Illustrated edition (April 14, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1541647107

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A “razor-sharp” introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) – and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America and worldwide. In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism’s history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future.

With the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like? The editor of Jacobin magazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism and sexism.

The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. A primer on socialism for the 21st century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.

12. The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Author: by Daniel Markovits
Published at:
Penguin Books (September 8, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0735222014

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A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal that social and economic rewards should follow achievement rather than breeding reigns supreme.

Both Democrats and Republicans insistently repeat meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we are. It sustains the American dream. But what if, both up and down the social ladder, meritocracy is a sham? Today, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations.

Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the embattled middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy now ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich adults to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return.

13. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (Volume 27) (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Author: by Seth Holmes
Published at: University of California Press; First Edition, With a Foreword by Philippe Bourgois (May 25, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0520275140

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An intimate examination of the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants and indigenous people in our contemporary food system. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Seth Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and healthcare.

Holmes’s material is visceral and powerful. He trekked with his companions illegally through the desert into Arizona and was jailed with them before they were deported. He lived with indigenous families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the U.S., planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, and accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals.

This embodied anthropology deepens our theoretical understanding of how health equity is undermined by a normalization of migrant suffering, the natural endpoint of systemic dehumanization, exploitation, and oppression that clouds any sense of empathy for invisible workers. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies is far more than an ethnography or supplementary labor studies text; Holmes tells the stories of food production workers from as close to the ground as possible, revealing often theoretically-discussed social inequalities as irreparable bodily damage done.

14. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Author: by Studs Terkel
Published at: The New Press (February 28, 1997)
ISBN: 978-1565843424

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A Pulitzer Prize winner interviews workers, from policemen to piano tuners: Magnificent … To read it is to hear America talking. The Boston Globe A National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller Studs Terkel’s classic oral history Working is a compelling look at jobs and the people who do them.

Consisting of over one hundred interviews with everyone from a gravedigger to a studio head, this book provides a brilliant and enduring portrait of people’s feelings about their working lives. This edition includes a new foreword by New York Times journalist Adam Cohen (Forbes).Splendid …Important …

Rich and fascinating … The people we meet are not digits in a poll but real people with real names who share their anecdotes, adventures, and aspirations with us. Business Week The talk in Working is good talkearthy, passionate, honest, sometimes tender, sometimes crisp, juicy as reality, seasoned with experience.The Washington Post

15. One Day Stronger: How One Union Local Saved a Mill and Changed an Industry–and What It Means for American Manufacturing

Author: by Thomas M. Nelson
Published at: Rivertowns Books (March 8, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1733914185

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In August, 2017, the death knell sounded for yet another troubled American manufacturer: Appleton Coated, a historic mill in Wisconsin’s historic paper valley that had been the community’s economic mainstay for 128 years. The mill was sold to an industrial scrapper; hundreds of jobs were threatened, and a way of life hung in the balance.

But then the unlikely happened. The mill’s union local and one county official leveraged an obscure legal strategy to stop the selloff. They did so in the face of widespread indifference from cynical politicians, including the state’s Republican governor and legislature, who were hell-bent on landing a plant to be built by Foxconn, a controversial foreign electronics manufacturereven at the cost of over $3 billion in state subsidies.

Against all odds, the people won. Now the county official who joined in their fight, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, tells the story behind this remarkable turnaround. One Day Stronger is an inspiring saga of how a determined group of millworkers and other community-minded people triumphed over apathy, corporate avarice, and powerful political forces.

16. Combating Inequality: Rethinking Government's Role

Author: by Olivier Blanchard
Published at: The MIT Press (February 2, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0262045612

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Leading economists and policymakers consider what economic tools are most effective in reversing the rise in inequality. Economic inequality is the defining issue of our time. In the United States, the wealth share of the top 1% has risen from 25% in the late 1970s to around 40% today.

The percentage of children earning more than their parents has fallen from 90% in the 1940s to around 50% today. In Combating Inequality, leading economists, many of them current or former policymakers, bring good news: we have the tools to reverse the rise in inequality.

In their discussions, they consider which of these tools are the most effective at doing so.