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Labor Bibliography

The following video tapes are available from the Law Library Koren AV Center, 5th Floor

1877: The Grand Army of Starvation. American Social History Project.

HD 5307 .A15 1987 (1) w/Guide

Chronicles the events of the Railroad Strike of 1877 and its origins in the economic and social injustices of 19th century America using contemporary graphics and photographs.

A. Phillip Randolph

HD 6509 R2 A22 1996 (1)

This video takes viewers on a tour of 20th century civil rights and labor history as it chronicles Randolph's legendary efforts to build a more equitable society.

Ano Nuevo

HD 1527 C2 A76 1981 (1)

A shocking documentary expose of the plight of undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S., revealing the exploitative working and housing conditions at the Ano Nuevo flower ranch in San Mateo, California. This video also provides a comprehensive overview of the complex issue of Mexican immigration, including interviews with prominent scholars, attorneys and organizers.

The Color of Gold

. HD 8039 .M732 S64 1992 (1)

There are over 400,000 migrant miners all over southern Africa working in the gold mines of South Africa. This film focuses on four miners. They question why they are in the mines, and the hazards of their work, and how their jobs have destroyed their families, who are not allowed into South Africa. They speak candidly about life in a single sex hostel, money, AIDS -- even about second families which some miners have started in South Africa. 52 min. See also Gold Widows

Crossroads: the Mine Workers Fight for Jobs with a Future.

HD 6516 .M615 C76 1993

United Workers of America. Addresses the issue that by increasing productivity mine workers work themselves out of their jobs faster while the mine company opens up new mines with the profits. They open non-union mines without any guarantee that their most productive workers will get jobs in the new mines. 12 min.

Employee Ownership and Participation.

HD 5660 .U5 N38

NCEO's 6th Annual Conference, March 1987.

Family Fuel: A Coal Strike Story.

HD 5325 .M6152 1989 W47 1989 (1)

Depicts the Pittston coal miners strike of September 1989 in West Virginia. Strikers were concerned about the company's plan to cut off medical benefits for retired and disabled miners and their own job security.

Final Offer.

HD 6528 .A82 I54 1985 (1)

Documents the situation in Canada before the 1984 strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers, Canadian section. Union leader Bob White fights with both the company and the United States union leadership to retain traditional wage increases in the Canadian contract. 78 min.

First Annual Worker and Consumer Rights Conference, March 31, 1993.


The Labor and Employment Law Association and Law Students for Corporate Accountability. Copies available on video or audio tape.

  1. Tapes 1 & 2: First Panel: Consumer Rights Pam Gilbert, Public Citizen Congress Watch; Mark Green, New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner; Russell Mokhiber, Editor, Corporate Crime Reporter; Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers; and Charles Tibbett, Practitioner (Environmental Law).
  2. Tapes 3 & 4: Second Panel: Workers Rights: Labor Organizing in the 90's Richard L. Ahearn, National Labor Relations Board; Ellen Gallant, Communications Workers of America; Tony Mazzocchi, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union; Jan Pierce, Communications Workers of America; Duane Stillwell, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; and Jerry Tucker, United Auto Workers, New Directions Movement.
  3. Tapes 5 & 6: Third Panel: Workers Rights: the Role of Labor Attorneys - Employee Advocacy in the 90's. Richard Clark, New York State Division of Human Rights; Jennifer A. Coleman, Practitioner (Employment Discrimination); Richard Furlong, Integrated Labor Systems; Joseph Kinney, National Safe Workplace Institute; Tony Oppegard, Mine Safety Program (Kentucky); John Patterson, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; James Schmidt, Farm and Migrant Workers Legal Services; Robert Szymanski, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Gold Widows.

HQ 1802 .G65 1990 (1)

This video focuses on four women living in Lesotho, a small country within South Africa, whose husbands work as migrant gold miners in South Africa. Apartheid laws forbid these women and their children from entering the country so they live as widows. Each woman tells of her life, coping alone and being caught in the inhumane web of South Africa's oppressive system. 52 min. See also The Color of Gold

The Great Depression: Mean Things Happening.

HD 6508 .M43 1993 (1)

Against a background of great economic turmoil and a tide of government reform working men and women battled landowners and factory managers for the right to join a union. Using newsreels, dramatic archival photographs and footage, Hollywood films, and eyewitness accounts, the film recreated this pivotal time. 60 min.

Handling the Basic Worker's Compensation Case in New York.

KFN 5592 .W67 1989

Audio cassette.

Harlan County, USA.

HD 5325 .M6152 1973 H37 1980

Documents the 1973 Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America. See also Out of the Darkness: The Mine Workers' Story

An Introduction to Employee Ownership

HD 5660 .U5 I68 1987

National Center for Employee Ownership. 1:30 min.

An Introduction to Employee Ownership for Employees

HD 5660 .U5 I684 1987

Employee ownership--United States. Stock ownership--United States. 21 min.

Issues of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Essays in Justice, vol. 3.

HD 5549.5 .S45 L43 1993 (1)

Sex discrimination in employment--United States.

A Job At Ford: The Great Depression

HD 9710 .U54 F67 1993 (1)

Produced by Blackside, Inc. and distributed by PBS Video. By 1927 Henry Ford controlled the most important company in the most important industry in the booming American economy. By offering high wages for hard work he attracted tens of thousands of workers to Detroit. But his bargain began to fall apart when he hired a private police force to speed up production and spy on employees. Once the Depression hit in 1929 these workers faced a new, grim reality as unemployment skyrocketed and machine guns barred the entrances to Ford's plants. Using newsreel, dramatic archival photographs and footage, Hollywood films, and eyewitness accounts, the film recreates this pivotal time. 60 min.

Laborvision #74: June 25-July 4, 1994

HD 5325 .C65792 D43 1994 (1)

Shows footage of a peaceful protest staged June 25, 1994 on the one year anniversary of the lockout of 750 A.E. Staley Company workers in Decatur, Ill., and the police reaction that follows. Locked out workers are joined in protest by thousands of sympathizers from across the midwest. Includes an interview with UAW activist Jerry Tucker and archival footage of the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937.

Locked Out in America: Ravenswood

HD 5325 .A7492 R38 1992 (1)

Discusses the confrontation between union and management at the Ravenswood Aluminum Company, W.Va. in 1992. The union workers lost their jobs to permanent replacements.

Locked Out!: The Story of OCAW Local 4-620

HD 5325 .C452 1984 G45 1988

Story of the lockout at the BASF Corporation Chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana and the members of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers International Union which began on June 15, 1984. 51 min.

Loose Bolts?

HD 8039 .A82 U65 1973 (1)

Examines well paid but dehumanizing work on assembly lines. Discusses job morale, turnover, and labor-management relations. 29 min.

Managing an ESOP Company

HD 5600 .U5 O96

National Center for Employee Ownership. 22 min.

Manufacturing Miracles

HD 9710 .J34 M39 1987 (1)

Documents how Mazda transformed itself through formalized labor-management consultation and heavy investment in comprehensive training. 31 min.


PN 1997 .M394 1987

Matewan is the name of the mining community where the Stone Mountain Coal Company is attempting to smuggle in boxcars of black laborers to break a threatened strike. 100 min.

Memorial Day Massacre: ILHS 1937


Illinois Labor History Society, July 17, 1981.

Modern Times

PN 1995.9 C55 M56 1978

This comedy produced during the depression of the 1930's presents a satirical view of the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers. This is the first Chaplain film with sound effects but also the last appearance of the "Little Tramp." 1936, 87 min. b&w

One Strike and You're Out

KF 3430 .U53 1990

Documents the firing of workers during labor disputes in the United States since 1980. 1:37 min.

Out of the Darkness: the Mine Workers' Story

HD 6515 .M6152 O98 1990

Historical film footage and photographs are integrated with first-hand accounts of United Mine Workers history and of the recent battle with the Pittston Coal Group. See also Harlan County, USA 100 min.

Past Premises, Present Failures, and Future Needs in Labor Law

KF 3319 .S86 1982

Labor laws and legislation--United States. 80 min.

Pregnant But Equal: the Fight for Maternity Benefits

KF 3467 .P74 1982 (1)

Interviews of doctors, lawyers, workers and union officials concerning the legal status of pregnant women in the workplace. 24 min.

Pulling It Together: One World, One Economy-The IMF

HG 3881.5 .I58 P85 1990 (1)

Explains the function of the International Monetary Fund. 28 min.

QWL: Nothing to Lose But Your Job

HD 6954 .U5 Q85 1985

Examines the Quality of Work Life (QWL) programs by interviewing participants in a General Motors plant. 37 min., color, U-matic.

The River Ran Red

HD 5325 .I52 1892 H66 1993 (1)

The 1892 Homestead Steel Strike: an uprising that became history WQED production. Blair Brown narrates this account of the 1892 strike at the Carnegie Works in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The nation's largest steel maker took on its most militant labor union and there were devastating consequences for American workers. Over one hundred years later with the decline of both heavy industry and labor's power this tragedy still resonates. 58 min.


PN 1995.9 .B55 555 1995 (1)

Karen Silkwood worked at a nuclear facility where safety lapses were ignored. Such lapses could be fatal to exposed workers. Facing such a death, the film chronicles Karen's fight against the nuclear industry and the tragic end to her life. 131 min.

Song of Canary: A Film About the Dangers of the American Workplace

HD 7269 .P42 U57 1980 (1)

Years ago, coal miners took caged canaries down into the mines. By collapsing and dying, the tiny birds warned of the presence of deadly gases. Today, in many workplaces, it is the workers themselves who have become the canaries - for other workers and for society as a whole. 58 min.


HD 5325 .L62 1934 P39 1990 (1)

Chronicles the events of the "big strike" in the summer of 1934 when dock workers and seamen shut down every West coast port from San Diego to Seattle. 100,000 workers in San Francisco staged a general strike that paralyzed the city and eventually resulted in legislation giving workers the right to organize unions.

The Struggle for an American Way of Life: Coal Miners and Operators in Central Pa., 1919-1933

94-239 and 94-240

This Far by Faith

HD 5325 .F6752 1990 I53 1991 (1)

Strike at the Delta Pride Catfish processing plant in Indianola, Mississippi. The story covers events as they unfolded. In December 1990, the strike was settled and the boycott rescinded. Featuring Alfre Woodard.

Union Activity and the Law


Union Democracy

HD 6508 .U448 1986

Trade-unions--United States. 34 min.

The Uprising of '34

HD 5325 .T42 1934 S68 1995 (1)

The film presents the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little known strike by hundreds of thousands of Southern cotton mill workers during the Great Depression. The film offers a penetrating look at class, race, and power in working communities throughout America, and invites the viewer to consider how those issues affect us today. 87 min., color and b&w.

Voices From a Steel Town

F 159 B73 .V65 1983 (1)

Documents the rise and fall of Braddock, Pa., a once prosperous steel-producing town, through personal and family recollections, interviews with residents, old photographs, etc.

A Vote of Thanks?

HD 5708.55 .U62 I53 1980

An all-volunteer production concerning the shutdown of a plant in a small western Pennsylvania community as well as the closing of plants all over the United States. Pt. 1, 54 min. Pt. 2, 45 min. Total of 99 min. U-matic.

We're Not Gonna Take It

HD 5325 .P152 1985 A878 1986

Examines the Hormel meat packers strike of 1985 in Austin, Minnesota. Issues included cuts in wages and benefits as well as safety concerns due to work speed ups. 15 min.

White Collar Grievance

94-269 (U-matic).

With Babies and Bannersā€¦the Dramatic Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade

HD 6079.2 U5 W58 1978 (1)

Lorraine Gray's film presents the untold story of the women who became the backbone of the Great General Motors Sit-Down Strike of 1937 - U.S. history's key event in the drive for industrial unionism. While the nation's eyes focused on the men inside the plants, the women on the outside progressed from manning the strike kitchen to leading the famous Women's Emergency Brigade. Forty years later, nine of these women reunite and show the relevance of their experience for people today.

Worker Rights: The Role of Labor Attorneys


Video and audio cassette. Employee advocacy in the 90's, (2 tapes), March 31, 1993.

Working Together: Saturn and the UAW

HD 9710 .U54 S38 1994 (1)

A look at GM's new approach to labor relations with the Saturn plant. The film considers both the pros and cons of the union and management collaboration with Saturn. 31 min.

The Wrath of Grapes Boycott

94-272 and 95-39

Lecture/Film - United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Speaker - Arturo Rodriguez, March 14, 1988.