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The stories of Organizing Prosperity are an examination of the role that unionism has played in lifting up workers, communities, and even businesses themselves in a dozen American occupations and industries.

This collection of personal stories, campaign analysis, and an abbreviated timeline tells one of America’s greatest stories of women of color standing together to demand fair wages, benefits, and the right to be "invisible no more."

Miguel Contreras: Legacy of a Labor Leader

Kent Wong and Michael Viola

January 1, 2009

Economic Justice, Immigration, Publications, Working Class History, Book/Edited Volume

This book explores Miguel’s roots with the United Farm Workers union, revitalizing the Los Angeles labor movement, the struggle for immigrant rights, building labor’s political power, and Miguel’s lasting legacy.

The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market

Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser and Chris Tilly

September 12, 2008

Economic Justice, Labor and Occupational Safety, Publications, Working Class History, Book/Edited Volume

This book examines a range of gloves-off practices, the workers who are affected by them, and strategies for enforcing workplace standards.

Underground Undergrads provides a summary of the history of legislation impacting undocumented students in higher education along with a resource guide of organizations that advocate for student rights.

This book is a memoir by a major figure in U.S. industrial relations and labor law, Benjamin Aaron, and provides an engaging account of half a century of U.S. labor relations history.

A new book of interviews and photos from Asian Pacific American labor organizers who are helping to change the US Labor Movement.

This research investigates why and how US unions use in-depth, strategic research to build power, and why and how it works.

The Future of Work: From Dystopia to Utopia?

Peter Evans, Chris Tilly

November 15, 2024

Publications, The Future of Work, Paper