Monday, January 04, 2021

Fourteen top books about unions, organizing, and American labor

At Book Riot, Sarah Ullery tagged fourteen of the best books about unions, organizing, and American labor, including:

Often, workplace regulations are cursed by employers as too rigorous, too strict. But Radium Girls is a good example of why your workplace needs to be regulated and held accountable.

In 1917, women went to work in factories, painting radium on items needed for the war. They asked if it was safe, and their company told them yes. Soon, they started to glow. As the years passed the women started to get mysterious deadly illnesses that were traced back to their work in the radium factories. Dying, but determined, the women who had been knowingly poisoned by their employers refused to give up without receiving justice.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue