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1 Direct Action & Sabotage: Three Classic IWW Pamphlets from the 1910s (The Charles H. Kerr Library)Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley; Smith, Walker C.; Trautmann, William E. PM Press 1604864826 / 9781604864823 PAPERBACK

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1604864826 Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. The pamphlets reprinted here were first published in the 1910s amid great controversy. Even then, the tactics of direct action and sabotage were often associated with the cartoonists? image of the disheveled, wild-eyed anarchist armed with stiletto, handgun, or bomb?the clandestine activity of a militant minority or the desperate acts of the unorganized. The activist authors of the texts in this collection challenged the prevailing stereotypes. As they point out, the practices of direct action and sabotage are as old as class society itself and have been an integral part of the everyday work life of wage-earners in all times and places. To the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) belongs the distinction of being the first workers' organization in the U.S. to discuss these common practices openly, and to recognize their place in working-class struggle. Viewing direct action and sabotage in the spirit of creative nonviolence, Wobblies readily integrated these tactics into their struggle to build industrial unions. Direct action is recognized as a valuable and effective tactic by many movements around the globe and remains a cutting-edge tool for social change. Whenever communities in struggle find more conventional methods of resistance closed to them, direct action and sabotage will be employed. This new edition from the Charles H. Kerr Library contains ?Direct Action and Sabotage? (1912) by William E. Trautmann, ?Sabotage: Its History, Philosophy & Function? (1913) by Walker C. Smith, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn's ?Sabotage: The Conscious Withdrawal of the Workers' Industrial Efficiency? (1916), edited and with an introduction by Salvatore Salerno. 
Price: 13.00 USD

 
2 Fields, Factories and Workshops TomorrowKropotkin, Peter Freedom Press 090038428X / 9780900384288 PAPERBACK

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090038428X His classic vision of the ordering of industrial soceity along communistic lines to create a new libertarian world. This work has been widely influential for anarchists and non-anarchist alike, and Kropotkin's deductions are as controversial and revolutionary today as they were when he formulated them. Edited, updated, and with an introduction by Colin Ward. 
Price: 20.50 USD

 
 
3 For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in AmericaCurl, John PM Press 1604865822 / 9781604865820 PAPERBACK

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1604865822 Seeking to reclaim a history that has remained largely ignored by most historians, this dramatic and stirring account examines each of the definitive American cooperative movements for social change?farmer, union, consumer, and communalist?that have been all but erased from collective memory. Focusing far beyond one particular era, organization, leader, or form of cooperation, For All the People documents the multigenerational struggle of the American working people for social justice. While the economic system was in its formative years, generation after generation of American working people challenged it by organizing visionary social movements aimed at liberating themselves from what they called wage slavery. Workers substituted a system based on cooperative work and constructed parallel institutions that would supercede the institutions of the wage system. With an expansive sweep and breathtaking detail, this scholarly yet eminently readable chronicle follows the American worker from the colonial workshop to the modern mass-assembly line, from the family farm to the corporate hierarchy, ultimately painting a vivid panorama of those who built the United States and those who will shape its future. John Curl, with over forty years of experience as both an active member and scholar of cooperatives, masterfully melds theory, practice, knowledge and analysis, to present the definitive history from below of cooperative America. This second edition contains a new introduction by Ishmael Reed; a new author?s preface discussing cooperatives in the Great Recession of 2008 and their future in the 21st century; and a new chapter on the role co-ops played in the Food Revolution of the 1970s. 
Price: 26.50 USD

 
4 Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars; PM Press 1604864524 / 9781604864526 PAPERBACK

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1604864524 Strikes and union battles occurred throughout American industry during the early part of the twentieth century, but none of these stories compare to the West Virginia Mine Wars of 1912 and 1921. These two workers? rebellions quickly drew national attention to an area known principally for its ?black gold,? the coal that was vital for U.S. factories, power plants, and warships of that age. In 1912, miners struck against the harsh conditions in the work camps of Paint and Cabin Creeks and coal operators responded with force. The ensuing battles caused the West Virginia governor to declare martial law, prompting Samuel Gompers to dub the state ?Russianized West Virginia [where] the people can be naught but serfs.? There was little improvement in working conditions by 1921, when another army?thousands of union miners?went up against similar numbers of state police, local deputies, and paid company guards. The weeklong Battle of Blair Mountain ended only after President Warren Harding sent 2,000 U.S. troops and a small unit of bombers to pacify the region. Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals tells the story of these union battles as seen by the leaders, rank-and-file participants, and the journalists who came to West Virginia to cover them for papers including The Nation and theNew York Times. Union leaders like Gompers, Frank Keeney, Fred Mooney, Bill Blizzard, and Mother Jones discuss the lives and struggles of the miners for their union. The book also contains articles, speeches, and personal testimony heard by two U.S. Senate committees sent to investigate West Virginia?s labor problems. In this testimony, miners and their family members describe life and work in the coal camps, telling why they participated in these violent episodes in West Virginia history. Special attention is given to the role of Huntington?s own radical newspaper, The Socialist and Labor Star, a forgotten monument in the history of American heresy and radicalism. 
Price: 18.00 USD

 
 
5 Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices; PM Press 1604867469 / 9781604867466 PAPERBACK

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1604867469 Brand New! Satisfaction guaranteed. The world today has no shortage of economic crises?or politicians and pundits who claim to have the vision that will get us out of the Great Recession. For 25 years, the labor-community coalition Jobs with Justice (JwJ) has endured the brutal vagaries of the global economy with a single alternative economic vision. By putting its ideas into practice, it has won powerful victories with working-class communities. Through a series of interviews and essays, this book allows the community, labor, immigrant, student, and faith activists that have built Jobs with Justice to show us why their economic vision matters. They tell us why the organization?s core principle?the power of solidarity between unions, community groups, and immigrant, student, and faith organizations?continues to drive its victories at the local, national, and international levels. They tell us how the belief in solidarity leads not only to short-term alliances, but also to transformed relationships and permanent coalitions. They tell us how it has led?and will lead?to concrete victories for social and economic justice. Though the book reflects on the last 25 years of the Jobs with Justice coalition, it?s very much directed at the next 25. It includes the perspectives of longtime national leaders like founder Larry Cohen, newcomers like Ai-Jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the locally-based, working-class men and women who have built JwJ from the ground up. Praise: ?Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices is a moving and insightful tribute to a project and movement that has represented the soul of organized labor in the USA. The stories contained in this volume reach beyond traditional organized labor and touch upon all those concerned with building a true movement for economic and social justice of which organized labor must be part. The determination that comes through in the stories, often in the face of significant challenges imposed on working people and their organizations, leads one to wish to shout: Yes, it can be done! Si se puede!" ?Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-author of Solidarity Divided; author of ?They're Bankrupting Us!" and 20 Other Myths about Unions 
Price: 14.00 USD

 
6 Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy (Frank W. Pierce Memorial Lectureship and Conference Series); ILR Press 0801473608 / 9780801473609 PAPERBACK

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0801473608 Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. 
Price: 8.50 USD

 
 
7 Labor Law for the Rank & Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the LawGross, Daniel; Lynd, Staughton PM Press 1604864192 / 9781604864199 PAPERBACK

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1604864192 Have you ever felt your blood boil at work but lacked the tools to fight back and win? Or have you acted together with your co-workers, made progress, but wondered what to do next? If you are in a union, do you find that the union operates top-down just like the boss and ignores the will of its members? Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law is a guerrilla legal handbook 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. Labor Law for the Rank and Filer demonstrates how a powerful model of organizing called ?Solidarity Unionism? can help workers avoid the pitfalls of the legal system and utilize direct action to win. This new revised and expanded edition includes new cases governing fundamental labor rights as well as an added section on Practicing Solidarity Unionism. This new section includes chapters discussing the hard-hitting tactic of working to rule; organizing under the principle that no one is illegal, and building grassroots solidarity across borders to challenge neoliberalism, among several other new topics. Illustrative stories of workers? struggles make the legal principles come alive. 
Price: 10.50 USD

 
8 Labor problems and labor legislationAndrews, John B. American Association for Labor Legislation 1922 B002WTT6CA PAPERBACK

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B002WTT6CA ~Good. No DJ, as issued. Trade Paperback. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. American Association for Labor Legislation (1922). 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
 
9 Labor's Civil War in California: The NUHW Healthcare Workers' RebellionWinslow, Cal PM Press 1604863277 / 9781604863277 PAPERBACK

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1604863277 SIGNED by Author, Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. 
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10 Labor's Civil War in California: The NUHW Healthcare Workers' RebellionWinslow, Cal PM Press 1604863277 / 9781604863277 PAPERBACK

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1604863277 This book examines one of the most important labor conflicts in the United States today. In 2006 and 2007, disputes developed concerning the practice and direction of the 150,000 member healthcare workers union in California, United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW), with its ?parent? organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU is the second largest union in the US, the fastest growing in recent years. It is a well-organized, well-financed organization, with an ambitious agenda. SEIU perspectives, while packaged as progressive, reject traditional union traditions and practices ? union democracy and the idea of ?class struggle? are replaced with class collaboration, and the union frequently ?wheels and deals? directly with top management and politicians. In 2007 UHW rejected these perspectives and contested them within the union. The SEIU international leadership retaliated by placing UHW in trusteeship, firing its officers, seizing its assets, and taking control of all union?s activities. UHW leaders and members responded by forming a new union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and challenging the SEIU in virtually every unionized site in the state. This California conflict?SEIU vs. NUHW?is no local brawl; it is not about personalities, it is not about West Coast eccentricities. Its significance is not confined to the fortunes of just one particular union. SEIU's attack, however regrettable, is not the first such?nor will it be the last. The truth is that labor has always been divided, comprised of many currents. The truth is also that there are rights and wrongs in labor, as elsewhere, and that these can expose fundamental divides?in this case two contesting souls in the workers' movement. These are sharply on display today in this dispute?the one soul authoritarian, top-down, collaborationist, the other bottom-up, rank-and-file, class conscious. 
Price: 12.50 USD

 
 
11 Nationalism and the International Labor Movement: The Idea of the Nation in Socialist and Anarchist TheoryForman, Michael Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt) 1998 0271017279 / 9780271017273 PAPERBACK

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0271017279 Good. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author. ~clean text, tight binding, light wear to exterior Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 216 p. Audience: General/trade. 
Price: 12.50 USD

 
12 Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology; PM Press 1604864834 / 9781604864830 PAPERBACK

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1604864834 Welcoming women, Blacks, and immigrants long before most other unions, the Wobblies from the start were labor's outstanding pioneers and innovators, unionizing hundreds of thousands of workers previously regarded as "unorganizable." Wobblies organized the first sit-down strike (at General Electric, Schenectady, 1906), the first major auto strike (6,000 Studebaker workers, Detroit, 1911), the first strike to shut down all three coalfields in Colorado (1927), and the first "no-fare" transit-workers' job-action (Cleveland, 1944). With their imaginative, colorful, and world-famous strikes and free-speech fights, the IWW wrote many of the brightest pages in the annals of working class emancipation. Wobblies also made immense and invaluable contributions to workers' culture. All but a few of America's most popular labor songs are Wobbly songs. IWW cartoons have long been recognized as labor's finest and funniest. The impact of the IWW has reverberated far beyond the ranks of organized labor. An important influence on the 1960s New Left, the Wobbly theory and practice of direct action, solidarity, and "class-war" humor have inspired several generations of civil rights and antiwar activists, and are a major source of ideas and inspiration for today's radicals. Indeed, virtually every movement seeking to "make this planet a good place to live" (to quote an old Wobbly slogan), has drawn on the IWW's incomparable experience. Originally published in 1964 and long out of print, Rebel Voices remains by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, and lore. This new edition includes 40 pages of additional material from the 1998 Charles H. Kerr edition from Fred Thompson and Franklin Rosemont, and a new preface by Wobbly organizer Daniel Gross. 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
 
13 Socialist and Labor Songs: An International Revolutionary Songbook; PM Press 1604863927 / 9781604863925 PAPERBACK

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1604863927 Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. 
Price: 13.00 USD

 
14 Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from BelowLynd, Staughton PM Press 1629630969 / 9781629630960 PAPERBACK

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1629630969 Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. Solidarity Unionism is critical reading for all who care about the future of labor. Drawing deeply on Staughton Lynd's experiences as a labor lawyer and activist in Youngstown, OH, and on his profound understanding of the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), Solidarity Unionism helps us begin to put not only movement but also vision back into the labor movement. While many lament the decline of traditional unions, Lynd takes succor in the blossoming of rank-and-file worker organizations throughout the world that are countering rapacious capitalists and those comfortable labor leaders that think they know more about work and struggle than their own members. If we apply a new measure of workers? power that is deeply rooted in gatherings of workers and communities, the bleak and static perspective about the sorry state of labor today becomes bright and dynamic. To secure the gains of solidarity unions, Staughton has proposed parallel bodies of workers who share the principles of rank-and-file solidarity and can coordinate the activities of local workers? assemblies. Detailed and inspiring examples include experiments in workers' self-organization across industries in steel-producing Youngstown, as well as horizontal networks of solidarity formed in a variety of U.S. cities and successful direct actions overseas. This is a tradition that workers understand but labor leaders reject. After so many failures, it is time to frankly recognize that the century-old system of recognition of a single union as exclusive collective bargaining agent was fatally flawed from the beginning, and doesn?t work for most workers. If we are to live with dignity, we must collectively resist. This book is not a prescription but reveals the lived experience of working people continuously taking risks for the common good. 
Price: 13.00 USD

 
 
15 The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual (Common Notions)Strike Debt PM Press 1604866799 / 9781604866797 PAPERBACK

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1604866799 Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. Over the last thirty years, as wages have stagnated across the country, average household debt has more than doubled. Increasingly, we are forced to take on debt to meet our needs?from housing, to education, to medical care. The results?wrecked lives, devastated communities, and an increasing reliance on credit to maintain our basic living standards?reveal an economic system that enriches the few at the expense of the many. The Debt Resisters? Operations Manual is a handbook for debtors everywhere to understand how this system really works, while providing practical tools for fighting debt in its most exploitative forms. Inside, you'll find detailed strategies, resources, and insider tips for dealing with some of the most common kinds of debt, including credit card debt, medical debt, student debt, and housing debt. The book also contains tactics for navigating the pitfalls of personal bankruptcy, and information to help protect yourself from credit reporting agencies, debt collectors, payday lenders, check cashing outlets, rent-to-own stores, and more. Written and edited by a network of activists, writers, and academics from Occupy Wall Street, additional chapters cover tax debt, sovereign debt, the relationship between debt and climate, and an expanded vision for a movement of mass debt resistance. 
Price: 15.00 USD

 
16 The Great Labor Quotations: Sourcebook and ReaderBollen, Peter Red Eye Press 2000 0929349067 / 9780929349060 PAPERBACK

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0929349067 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 352 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. GLQ is a unique compilation of quotations on work and labor drawn almost entirely from the American labor movement. Primarily a quotation sourcebook for writers and speakers, GLQ is as comfortable on a coffee table as on a reference shelf. Biographical briefs of historical labor leaders and topical labor images add context to quotations. combination reads as a provocative, enlightening labor primer that will inspire and entertain jobholders everywhere. According to labor historian William Cahn, history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations-there is scarcely an issue that is not influenced by labor's organized efforts or lack of them. GLQ presents labor issues, many of them timeless, through the words of history makers-the workers, labor and political leaders, activists and advocates, as well as the powerful people who opposed them. 
Price: 17.50 USD

 
 
17 The Pullman Boycott Of 1894: The Problem Of Federal InterventionWarne, Colston E. D.C. Heath And Company 1965 PAPERBACK

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clean text, tight binding, light wear to exterior, 
Price: 4.50 USD

     


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