Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor from Brazil to Canada

Labor Day may be the symbolic end of summer, but it's also a time to reflect on the contributions that workers, laborers, and unions have made to the social and economic well-being of the communities in which they work. Below are books from our backlist that tell the stories of workers from Latin America to Canada and everywhere in between. Happy Labor Day!
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From the Mines to the Streets

A Bolivian Activist's Life

By Benjamin Kohl and Linda C. Farthing, with Félix Muruchi
with Félix Muruchi

An extraordinary portrait of Bolivia's turbulent rise from military rule during the last half century, told through the eyes of a miner, union activist, and political prisoner.

By Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., Walter Fogel, and Fred H. Schmidt

The Chicano Worker is an incisive analysis of the labor-market experiences of Mexican American workers in the late twentieth century.
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The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border

By Chad Richardson and Michael J. Pisani

This first comprehensive, multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of the “off-the-books” economic systems that fuel the Laredo-to-Brownsville corridor examines the complex repercussions of these legal and illegal forms of border commerce.

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Organized Agriculture and the Labor Movement before the UFW

Puerto Rico, Hawaii, California

By Dionicio Nodín Valdés

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This pioneering comparative study investigates how agricultural workers in Puerto Rico, Hawai'i, and California struggled to organize and create a place for themselves in the institutional life of the United States.

Mexican Women in American Factories
Free Trade and Exploitation on the Border

By Carolyn Tuttle

Drawing on a rich data set of interviews with over 600 women maquila workers, this pathfinding book offers the first rigorous economic and sociological analysis of the impact of NAFTA and its implications for free trade around the world.

Tomorrow We're All Going to the Harvest
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Temporary Foreign Worker Programs and Neoliberal Political Economy

By Leigh Binford

This exceptional study examines the experience of Mexican workers in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), widely considered a model program by the World Bank and other international institutions despite the significant violations of labor and human rights inherent in the terms of employment.

Class Struggle in Hollywood, 1930-1950

By Gerald Horne

This engrossing book probes the motives and actions of all the players to reveal the full story of the Conference of Studio Unions strike and the resulting lockout of 1946.

Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes
Struggle for Justice in the Amazon
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By Gomercindo Rodrigues
Edited and translated by Linda Rabben

The inspiring story of courageous labor and environmental activist Chico Mendes, who led Brazil’s rubber tappers until his assassination in 1988.
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Apple Pie and Enchiladas
Latino Newcomers in the Rural Midwest

By Ann V. Millard and Jorge Chapa

The authors look at how Latinos fit into an already fractured social landscape with tensions among townspeople, farmers, and others.

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