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  1. Against the Current
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
  2. All That Our Hands Have Done
    A Pictorial History of Hamilton Workers

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1981
    The story of working people in Hamilton's steel industry.
  3. The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1952
    A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspaper4s, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
  4. Anarcho-syndicalism
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
  5. Beating Back the Corporate Attack
    Socialism and the struggle for global justice

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2000
    Our movement is calling for a new direction -- for democratic control of our political life, and for democratic control over the most important aspects of the economy. Why should handful of the super-rich run the planet, and, moreover, run it into the ground?
  6. The Blackest Streets
    The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2008
  7. The British Labour Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1940
  8. Canadian Labour in Politics
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 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.
  9. The Canadian Labour Movement
    A Short History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
  10. Chomsky.Info
    Resource Type: Website
    The Noam Chomsky Web site.
  11. Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origin of the Workers-Councils Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 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 period.
  12. Common Sense for Hard Times
    The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
    Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is organized, and thereby enables us to re-examine our own situation and experience.
  13. The Communist Party in Canada
    A History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
    A history of the Communist Party in Canada from its beginnings to the 1970s.
  14. A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics and Labor
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 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 sometimes exist between a culture of rights and the idea of solidarity, and the rise of conservatism in politics, law, and intellectual life.
  15. Death in the Haymarket
    A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2006
    The story of the anarchosyndicalist militants accused of perpetrating the throwing of a bomb that killed police at a workers' rally at the Haymarket in Chicago on May 4, 1886.
  16. The Emergence of the Canadian Working Class Movement
    1845-1875

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
  17. Failure of a Dream?
    Essays in the History of American Socialism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1974
    Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
  18. False Promises
    The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
  19. Martin and Jessie Glaberman Collection
    Papers, 1939-2001

    Resource Type: Unclassified
    The papers of the Marxist radicals Martin Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, now housed at Wayne State University.
  20. Globalizing the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1991
    The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting their operations to low wage countries.
  21. Heaps, Abraham Albert
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Canadian politician and labour leader. (1885-1954).
  22. Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 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.
  23. Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2014
    A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
  24. It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2012
    First-hand accounts of the largest pro-labour mass mobilization in modern American history. In the spring of 2011, Wisconsinites took to the streets in what became the largest and liveliest labour demonstrations in modern American history.
  25. The Junk Food Economy
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1992
    Young people entering the workforce face a junk food economy.
  26. Justice for All: the Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt
    A Report by the Solidarity Center

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2010
    A report on recent workers' struggles in Egypt, against falling wages, oppressive working conditions, and violations of workers' rights, in the face of an authoritarian and repressive government.
  27. Kazakhstan’s 99 per cent
    Protests by Kazakhstan’s oil workers in 2011 were crushed, but anger remains over huge inequalities of income and lifestyle

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Kazakhstan could be among the world’s top 10 oil producers by 2020, but the Kazakhs who get the oil out of the ground don’t benefit much from it. In May 2011 thousands of oil workers in western Kazakhstan began the biggest strikes since the country emerged from the breakup of the USSR
  28. Labor Film Database
    Films, videos and film festivals that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues

    Resource Type: Website
    Over 1,700 films and videos are listed here, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords
  29. Labour in Newfoundland
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
  30. Labour movement
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The term labour movement or labor movement is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employers and political governments, in particular through the implementation of specific laws governing labour relations.
  31. The Labor Wars
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1974
    A survey of landmark events in the U.S. labour movement.
  32. Labour’s lost leader
    The legacy of Tony Benn

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    From an interview to Tony Benn - sometime in the mid-1990s - his point of view about how broad and profound was the defeat of both trade unionism and the democratic socialist left over the previous decade.
  33. "Left-Wing" Communism
    An Infantile Disorder

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1918
    Lenin's repsonse to ultraleftists who advocate 'no compromises' and refuse to work in 'reactionary' trade unions and parliamentary elections.
  34. Libcom.org
    Resource Type: Website
    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 to increase the power that we, as ordinary people, have over our own lives.
  35. Life After Death for Labor?
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    A review of Stanley Aronowitz's book "The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement."
  36. Life Support for Labor?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Debate Over how to save the labour movement suffers from a serious deficit of books written by organizers. Rarely do we get an entire book by someone who has been organizing for four decades, and is still actively engaged with union members, staff and leaders.
  37. The Making of Jericho Road
    Against The Current vol. 132

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
  38. Manifestos, Programs, Visions
    Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs

    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
  39. Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 13
    Marx and Engels 1854 - 1855

    Resource Type: Book
    Includes Revolutionary Spain
  40. Marxism and the Trade Unions
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1970
    Draper argues that essentially, no Marxist group has ever carried on any systematic revolutionary work in trade unions.
  41. A Marxist History of the World part 51: The origins of the Labour Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
  42. Marxists Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  43. The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 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 jumping suddenly into the social revolution by means of a theatrical coup, but as a means, firstly, of creating for the proletariat the conditions of the daily political struggle and especially of parliamentarism. The revolutionary struggle in Russia, in which mass strikes are the most important weapon, is, by the working people, and above all by the proletariat, conducted for those political rights and conditions whose necessity and importance in the struggle for the emancipation of the working-class Marx and Engels first pointed out, and in opposition to anarchism fought for with all their might in the International."
  44. More Unequal
    Aspects of Class in the United States

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2007
    Looks at class from a global vantage point integrating discussions of race, gender, and class, and the emergence of an international capitalist class.
  45. National Union of Public and General Employees
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  46. The Need for a New Socialist Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1984
    It has fallen to socialists in the last decades of this century to undertake the daunting task of establishing new socialist directions just as our forerunners had to do in the first decades of this century.
  47. New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    A book that compiles workers struggles on a global basis, examining the formation and expansion of radical unions in the Global South and Global North.
  48. News and Letters
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
  49. News & Letters: Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2006 - 2007
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2006
    We aim to help fill the void on the question of "what happens after" by creatively rethinking and restating his concept of "revolution in permanence" for today.
  50. Organizing "The Organized"
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    For many years, American unions have been trying to “organize of the unorganized” to offset, and, where possible, reverse their steady loss of dues-paying membership. In union circles, a distinction was often made between that "external organizing" – to recruit workers who currently lack collective bargaining rights – and "internal organizing," which involves engaging more members in contract fights and other forms of collective action aimed at strengthening existing bargaining units.
  51. Otto Rühle and the German Labour Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1935
  52. Parent, Madeleine
    Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada

    Resource Type: Article
    Trade unionist. (Born 1918).
  53. Pay Cheques & Picket Lines
    All About Unions in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1987
    A children's book which explains what unions are, how they came to be, and why they exist.
  54. Picketing
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A form of protest in which people congregate outside a place of work or location where an event is taking place. Often, this is done in an attempt to dissuade others from going in ("crossing the picket line"), but it can also be done to draw public attention to a cause.
  55. Police in Tunisia's Gafsa mining region harass reporter for banned newspaper
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the way the police in Tunisia have been harassing political activist Ammar Amroussia in recent days. Amroussia writes for El Badil (Alternative), a banned newspaper.
  56. Profit over People
    Neoliberalism and Global Order

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1999
    Chomsky confronts neoliberalsim: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide.
  57. A Program Of Action for the Labour Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1978
  58. Programme du Centre de Pastorale en Milieu Ouvrier 1977-78
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1978
  59. A Proposal to American Labor
    'Open source unionism' could reinvigorate American labor in the age of the Internet

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2002
    The authors posit that union membership is too restricted by the requirement that unions have majority support in the workplace. They believe that pro-union workers who are a minority in their workplace should be mobilized by the labor movement if it wants to grow.
  60. Queer Activism in the Labor Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    In the 1970s, Teresa Rankin kept her sexual orientation private while organizing textile workers at J.P. Stevens in North Carolina. When the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) offered her an organizing position in a small town in Virginia, Rankin, turned down the opportunity fearing isolation due to her sexual orientation.
  61. Radical America - Volume 6, No. 3 - May - June 1972
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1972
  62. Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    Today, fewer than 7% of American private-sector workers belong to a union and public employee collective bargaining has been dealt devastating blows in Wisconsin and elsewhere. This book argues that labour can be revived with social movement unionism that involves raising worker's expectations.
  63. Raising the Workers' Flag
    The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2012
    A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
  64. RankandFile.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Canadian labour news and analysis from a critical perspective.
  65. Rebels, Reds, Radicals
    Rethinking Canada's Left History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 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-capitalist order.
  66. Red Clydeside
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: 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 and Paisley.
  67. The Red Menace
    A libertarian socialist newsletter

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1980
    Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, and terrorism.
  68. Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2004
    Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir.
  69. Renewal through Strike
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Strikes are a major means of trade union self-assertion. A closer look at strikes in Germany reveals interesting trends and developments, indicating new approaches to trade union strategies and practices.
  70. A Reply to B'nai Brith's Manifesto Denouncing CUPE-Ontario's Boycott of Israel
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2006
    Why supporting the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid is the right thing to do.
  71. Resistance in China Today
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Cases of Resistance in China continue to grow. Protests both large and small are extremely frequent. These range from workers’ protests against unpaid wages and demands for labor rights to protests against corrupt officials and environmental abuses. While these struggles have often been brought to a swift end through repression, they have also frequently led to protestors being granted concessions.
  72. Rosa Luxemburg
    Selected Political Writings

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
  73. The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
  74. Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    This thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997). During the Cold War, Lockwood was one of the best known members of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), variously journalist, commentator, author, editor, orator, pamphleteer, broadcaster.
  75. Seeds of Fire
    A People's Chronology

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
  76. A Short History of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party
    Challenging the Two Parties of Capital

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party was the most successful labor party in United States history. The Minnesota Farmer-Labor Association, a grouping of associated unions and farmers, provided the organic connection between labor and the party.
  77. The Sixties
    Years of Hope, Days of Rage

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1987
    One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical context.
  78. Socialism and Revolution
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and parliamentary institutions that its decay often does not become apparent to us until those institutions have been either brushed aside or reduced to a purely decorative role.
  79. Socialism and the New Life
    The Personal and Sexual Politics of Edward Carpenter and Havelock Ellis

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
  80. The Socialist Register 1985/1986
    Social Democracy and After

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1986
  81. Solidarnosc (Solidarity)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Polish trade union.
  82. South African trade union congress supports CUPE boycott of apartheid Israel
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2006
    South African workers will never forget the support given by the Israeli state to the apartheid South African regime. In the same way we will never forget the thousands of acts of solidarity of ordinary citizens around the world who sustained our struggle through the boycott weapon.
  83. The Strike and Its Enemies
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Like the progressive labour bureaucrats, today’s generation of young radicals have spent all of their formative years living in the era of capitalist realism — the era of There is No Alternative. And it’s perhaps for this reason that each tenet of the union bureaucrat philosophy finds its distorted mirror-image in the views of the young anti-union radicals. They tend to believe that middle-class intellectuals and full-time activists should take the lead role in strategy and that these groups do not have different material interests than rank-and-file workers. That building “communes,” rather than confronting capital, should be the movement’s main mission.
  84. The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
    Resource Type: Website
    The Tamiment Library contains some of the most important collections in the United States relating to labor and social history [labor collections], the history of the Left, the place of the worker in American society, the evolution of labor law, women's history, immigrant history, and much more.
  85. Tony Mazzocchi Lives: Blue-Green Organizer Takes Up 'Just Transition' Mantle
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Union and environmental activist Alex Lotorto believes environmentalists should be working more closely with organized labour and following the advice of some of labour's more enlightened leaders.
  86. Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The articles are short and offer concrete suggestions for the way forward.
  87. The Two Methods of Trade-Union Policy
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1907
    To be sure, revolutions and revolutionary struggles cannot be transplanted artificially, by means of ‘good intentions’, into a country. But the examples and lessons of a neighbouring revolutionary country can at least shake the belief that treading softly is the only method of achieving bliss. And well they should.
  88. Unions and the Road to Socialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The familiar model of union struggle has been ineffective in attempts to change capitalism. I will try to explain why unions have not shaken capitalism's foundations. The explanation will point to the failure to challenge inequalities in returns to labour and capital from production.
  89. Unless Union Workers Can Strike, They’re Dead
    Level the Playing Field

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The strike is workers' only viable weapon. Why? Because it, and it alone, immediately affects the company’s profits. Without labour, they’re crippled.
  90. USA - The Labor Revolt
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1967
  91. Which Path for Labour in the Fight for Jobs and an Independent Canadian Economy
    ...Collaboration or a Militant Class-Struggle Fightback?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1979
    This research and position paper is the United Electrical Workers' (U.E.) response to the report of the Second Tier Committee published in mid-July 1978 after meetings between business, corporations heading the industrial sectors and labour representatives from these sectors.
  92. Who Advocates Spontaneity?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1973
    The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
  93. Why Strikes Fail
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1943
    Essentially a reprint of Tom Brown's 1943 essay, "The Social General Strike: Why 1926 Failed." Centres on workers' response to the British General Strike of 1926, and their repudiation of traditional representation in unions and formen.
  94. Wisconsin Uprising
    Labor Fights Back

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2012
    A collection of essays describing the working class uprising that occurred in Wisconsin, in February and early March of 2011.
  95. Women's Trade Union League
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A U.S. organization of both working class and more well-off women formed in 1903 to support the efforts of women to organize labour unions and eliminate sweatshop conditions.
  96. Working Lives
    Vancouver 1886-1986

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1986

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