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THE CANADIAN LABOUR MONTHLY. An Organ of the Communist Party of Canada. Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1928.
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THE CANADIAN LABOUR MONTHLY. An Organ of the Communist Party of Canada. Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1928.

By (Spector, Maurice; Buck, Tim; McLachlan, J.B.; Macdonald, Jack; Stalin, J.; Clarke, J.M.; and Vaara, A.).

Toronto, Ontario: The Workers' Publishing Association, 1928., 1928.. Good. - Octavo, 9-1/2 inches high by 6-1/2 inches wide. Printed self-wraps. This periodical was once bound in with a larger collection of pamphlets as attested by remnants of paper along the spine and stab marks along the inner edge. The front and lower edges of the front cover are darkened and there is a small chip to the bottom of the rear cover. 48 pages, including the front cover. Good. A RARE early Canadian Communist publication edited by Maurice Spector.This periodical includes the following essays & articles: "Canada, the Empire and the War Danger" by Maurice Spector, "Our Divided Trade Union Movement" by Tim Buck, "What of the Labour Party" by Jack Macdonald, "The Farmers in 'Prosperity'" by J.M. Clarke, and "The Metal Miners of Northern Ontario" by A. Vaara.Also included is the first English translation of Joseph Stalin's "Lenin - The Mountain Eagle", which had been omitted from the English translation of Stalin's book: "This incisive characterization of Lenin, the fourth anniversary of whose death is being commemorated by class-conscious workers the world over, is a chapter from Stalin's 'Theory and Practice of Leninism,' accidentally omitted from the English translation. It is published for the first time in this country".The editor and author of one of the articles, Maurice Spector (1898-1968) was Chairman of the Communist Party of Canada. He also edited the party's newspaper "The Worker" through most of the 1920's. Spector was an early follower of Leon Trotsky after his split from the Communist International.One of the leaders of the Stalin-era Communist International, Tim Buck (1891-1973) was general secretary of the Communist Party of Canada from 1929 to 1962.The coal miner, union leader, and farmer James Bryson McLachlan (1869-1937) was also a journalist and contributed an article on the "Wage Scale Convention of District 26".Scottish-born Jack MacDonald (b. 1888) was a member of the British Socialist Party and of the Scottish Social Democratic Federation. Immigrating to Toronto, he was a founding member of the Communist Party of Canada. Ironically, MacDonald supported the expulsion of Maurice Spector for Trotskyism in 1928 and was subsequently expelled himself after being accused of being a Lovestoneite (a supporter of Bukharin's Right Opposition). He reconciled with Spector and, in 1932, joined the Toronto branch of the International Left Opposition (Trotskyist) Canada.J.M. Clarke was editor of "The Furrow", the Communist Party's farmer's magazine.Aaro Vaara was arrested for sedition in 1927 after writing dismissively about the Royal Family in a Finnish-language newspaper published in Sudbury, Ontario. At the time, Sudbury was the center of nickel mining and smelting and is said to have resembled nothing less than Dante's Inferno. Mostly French Canadians and immigrant labor (particularly from Finland) worked the mines and few spoke English.

$125.00

SIDNEY HILLMAN 1887-1946.
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SIDNEY HILLMAN 1887-1946.

By Raskin, A. H.

(Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society), circa [1948]., [1948].. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wrappers. There is some very minor soiling to the covers with a light stain to the front cover. 14 pages. Illustrated with a black-and-white portrait frontispiece. Very good. Reprinted from The American Jewish Year Book, Vol. 49, 1947-48.Sidney Hillman [1887-1946] was an American labor leader. He was the head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and in marshaling labor's support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Democratic Party.

$20.00

AMERICA SINGS. (Cover title).
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AMERICA SINGS. (Cover title).

By Hill, Joe.; Sugar, Maurice; Cornwall, Philip; et al. Robinson, Earl; editor.

New York: Workers Book Shop, circa [1939]., [1939].. Good. - 12mo [approximately 4-3/4 inches high by 3-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in printed gray wrappers. The binding is lightly soiled. The bottom corner of the front wrap is heavily creased & its bottom edge is lightly chipped at the spine. The top corner of the rear wrap is torn & heavily creased. Pages [1]-[62] including wraps. The bottom page corners through page 8 are creased & a few rear top page corners are lightly bumped. Good. Earl Robinson writes in his one-page introduction: "This booklet 'America Sings' is a compilation of fifty songs, old and new, which have been and are being sung in the American labor movement." No music is included. Robinson says that readers will know the tunes and that most of them can be found in another Workers Book Shop publication "Songs of the People". A brief note gives the origin of each song. Among the contents are Maurice Sugar's well-known labor anthem "Sit Down".The Workers Book Shop was a center for The Communist party in America.Rare.

$150.00

TYPED LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN SEYMOUR HALPERN SIGNED BY LABOR LEADER DAVID DUBINSKY, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LADIES\' GARMENT WORKERS\' UNION.
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TYPED LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN SEYMOUR HALPERN SIGNED BY LABOR LEADER DAVID DUBINSKY, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LADIES' GARMENT WORKERS' UNION.

By Dubinsky, David. (1892-1982). American labor leader who served as president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union from 1932 to 1966.

New York: April 1, 1966., 1966.. Very good. - Typed letter filling two-thirds of a cream-colored 10-1/2 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet of International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union letterhead with the union's logo and Dubinsky's name & title printed at the top. Signed "David Dubinsky". The top edge of the letter is lightly creased. Very good. Dubinsky writes to Congressman Halpern thanking him for his thoughtful letter on the occasion of Dubinsky's retirement. "As you suspected, resignation from the office does not mean retirement from the movement....I intend to continue to be active in the labor movement and the Liberal Party as well as in other community affairs."Born in Brest-Litovsk in the Russian Empire, American labor leader David Dubinsky [1892-1982] served as president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union [ILGWU] between 1932 and 1966. He took part in the creation of the CIO and was one of the founders of the American Labor Party and the Liberal Party of New York.The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co-sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.

$45.00

[30 YEARS OF PROGRESS]: 30TH ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE OF THE HEBREW BUTCHER WORKERS UNION LOCAL 234 A. F. of L. Hotel Astor, Times Square N.Y. Sunday Eve. Jan. 15, 1939.
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[30 YEARS OF PROGRESS]: 30TH ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE OF THE HEBREW BUTCHER WORKERS UNION LOCAL 234 A. F. of L. Hotel Astor, Times Square N.Y. Sunday Eve. Jan. 15, 1939.

By Belsky, Joseph, editor-in-chief.

New York: Hebrew Butcher Workers Union of Greater N.Y., (1939)., (1939).. Good. - Quarto, 12-3/8 inches high by 9-3/8 inches wide. Blue cloth titled and decorated in gilt on the front and back covers, with the title printed in English on the front cover and in Yiddish on the back cover. The covers are rubbed with wear to the edges and corners. 48 pages printed in English plus [96] pages of ads, followed by 108 pages printed in Yiddish with textual illustrations throughout. The top corners of several pages are creased. Good. First edition.The Yiddish text, progressing from right to left, is preceded by the Yiddish title: "30 yoriker yubileum fun der Idisher butsher arbeter yunyon..."Scarce.

$75.00

SIDNEY HILLMAN 1887-1946. [Titled in Yiddish].
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SIDNEY HILLMAN 1887-1946. [Titled in Yiddish].

By (Hillman, Sidney).

New York: Farlag Wochenblat, 1946., 1946.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers with a black-and-white portrait of Sidney Hillman on the front wrap. The edges of the wraps are discolored with minor soiling. There is a small crease & tear to the front wrap at the tail of the spine with a crease across the bottom outer corner of the rear wrap. 32 pages. Illustrated with a few black & white portraits. Creasing to pages 23 & 24 appear to have been caused in the printing. The page edges are toned. Good. <p>First edition of a tribute to Sidney Hillman.<p>Sidney Hillman [1887-1946] was born in Zagare, Lithuania. He left the country after the 1905 revolution, immigrating first to England and in 1907 to the United States. Starting off as a tailor's apprentice in Chicago, he moved to New York in 1914 and became the leader of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. During the Great Depression his strong support for the New Deal earned him a place on the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration. He was eventually eased out of the administration after being criticized by other union leaders for his reluctance to confront business and after unjustly bearing the brunt of a procurement scandal. Hillman was devoted to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He organized the CIO-Political Action Committee to support Roosevelt's 1944 election campaign. A persistent rumor of the 1944 campaign alleged that FDR made key decisions by saying "clear it with Sydney". He was equally devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt and had great respect for her political skills, urging her shortly after FDR died to take Hillman's place as director of the CIO-PAC.<p>The text is in Yiddish with a few passages in English.<p>Rare. We have located no other copies.

$150.00

CUT SIGNATURE OF WILLIAM GREEN, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR.
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CUT SIGNATURE OF WILLIAM GREEN, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR.

By Green, William. (1873-1952). President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952.

Circa [1930].. [1930].. Good. - A slip of paper, 2-3/4 inches high by 3-1/2 inches wide, signed "Wm Green". The bottom right corner of the paper is creased & slightly chipped and there are a few small, very light stains to the top edge. Good. <p>William Green [1873-1952] was President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952. He began his career as a coal miner and was president of the Ohio district of the United Mineworkers of America from 1906 to 1910.

$10.00

NEWSPAPER PORTRAIT, AFTER A DRAWING, SIGNED BY BRITISH LABOR LEADER AND SUFFRAGIST MARGARET BONDFIELD.
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NEWSPAPER PORTRAIT, AFTER A DRAWING, SIGNED BY BRITISH LABOR LEADER AND SUFFRAGIST MARGARET BONDFIELD.

By Bondfield, Margaret. (1873-1953). British woman prominent in the labor movement and a fighter for women's suffrage.

Circa [1930].. [1930].. Good. - A 9-1/2 inch high by 6-5/8 inch wide portrait, after a drawing, in black & gray on a cream ground has been clipped from a newspaper and mounted on a slightly larger piece of tan card. Signed across the portrait in black ink at bottom right: "Margaret G. Bondfield". There is some creasing to the portrait caused by the glue with which it is mounted. There area few tiny chips to the mount with a stain & numerous pencil notes on its verso. Good. <p>British union official and labor leader Margaret Bondfield [1873- 1953] was a lifelong advocate of improving the lives of working women, working towards this goal as a labor activist, suffragist and politician. A working class woman who started her career as a shop assistant, her reform efforts eventually brought her into the highest levels of government. She served as a member of Parliament in the 1920s and in 1929 became the country's first female cabinet official when she was appointed Minister of Labor.

$150.00

SOCIAL STUDIES. By R. Heber Newton, Rector of All Souls' Church, New York

By Newton, Richard Heber. (1840-1914)

New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1887.. 1887.. Good. - Small octavo, navy blue cloth. The binding is rubbed & bumped with a tiny hole in the cloth of the front cover. The head & tail of the spine are slightly chipped. iii & 380 pages. There is pencil scribbling on the front endpaper. The page edges are slightly darkened & there is occasional minor foxing. Good. <p>First edition.<p>Among the subjects of this collection of essays are trade unions; cooperative production, credit and distribution; guilds and modern commercial associations; the prevention of intemperance; moral education in schools; the religious aspect of socialism; and communism.<p>Richard Heber Newton was a prominent American Episcopalian priest and writer. From 1869 to 1902 he was rector of All Souls' Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City. He was a leader in the Social Gospel movement and a supporter of Higher Criticism of the Bible, and sought to unify Christan Churches in the United States.

$20.00

ANNIVERSARY JOURNAL Published by Local 25, A. C. W. of A. on the occasion of the celebration of the FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of the first organization of men's clothing workers in New York, which is now a part of Local 25. October 9, 1937: Concert at Carnegie Hall / October 10, 1937: Banquet at Center Hotel

By (Schlossberg, Joseph; Hillman, Sidney; et al)

New York: Local 25, A.C.W. of A., 1937.. 1937.. Good. - Small quarto [11-1/2 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial gilt, green & red wraps. The wraps are creased around the edges with a few short tears. 156 & 134 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. The contents are very good. <p>The text is printed in both English and Yiddsih. A printed notice on the inside of the front cover states: 'This book is presented to Sam Wilensky in appreciation and recognition of services to our organization. / Local 25, A.C.W. of A. / October 10th, 1937".<p>Scarce.

$35.00

REPORT OF THE GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD TO THE SIXTEENTH BIENNIAL CONVENTION OF THE AMALGAMATED CLOTHING WORKERS OF AMERICA. May 10-15, 1948

By (Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America)

Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1948.. 1948.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed light green wrappers. The spine & the edges of the wraps are darkened. xxiii, [i] & 180 pages. Very good.

$10.00

REPORT OF THE GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRTEENTH BIENNIAL CONVENTION OF THE AMALGAMATED CLOTHING WORKERS OF AMERICA. May 13-24 , 1940. Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Convention

By (Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America)

New York: Documentary History, ACWA, 1940.. 1940.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed orange wrappers. The binding is lightly bumped & soiled with the spine slightly faded. 691 pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a folding black-and-white plate. The top end of the fore-edge is lightly soiled. The top page corners are lightly bumped & the bottom corners of the last 30 pages are creased. There is a light vertical crease to the last few leaves. Good.

$20.00

THE STORY OF THE CLOTHING WORKERS UNION IN SOUTHERN JERSEY. Presented by the South Jersey Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America / To the Twelfth Biennial Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., May 9, 1938

By (Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America)

South Jersey Executive Board, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1938.. 1938.. Very good. - Oblong octavo [10-1/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches wide], decorative green paper covered boards titled in dark blue on the front board. The boards are very lightly bumped with the extremities slightly darkened. 40 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. The pastedowns are somewhat darkened. Very good.

$25.00

CONVENTION STITCHES. Issued by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Don't Worry Gang. Vol. XYZ, No. 606. New York, May 20,1940. Hotel New Yorker. Entered as First Class Mail with the Permission of Jim Farley

By (Raskin, S.). Hershkowitz, Abe; editor

New York: (Abe Hershkowitz), 1940.. 1940.. Good. - Small quarto [12 inches high by 9 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial black-and-white self-wraps. 32 pages. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white cartoons, some of them by S. Raskin. The title page & last page are lightly soiled & the title page is detached with its front edge darkened. The last page is darkened along the spine & its bottom corner is creased & chipped. The remaining bottom page corners are bumped & there is occasional light soiling. Good. <p>The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America held a convention in New York City to mark its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1940. This satirical "program", illustrated with cartoons, was issued on the occasion of the convention and was presumably distributed to the delegates.<p>The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the foremost union representing workers in the men's clothing industry, was founded in Chicago in 1914 as a breakaway movement from the United Garment Workers. Under the leadership of Sidney Hillman, the ACWA grew rapidly. By the late 1920s it had organized over 100,000 members in the major garment industry cities across North America. The depression decreased its membership, but by the mid-1930s it had strengthened sufficiently to play a leading part in the creation of the CIO. Sidney Hillman became an influential political figure and a key advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt on labor and economic issues. He served on the board of the National Recovery Administration and during World War II was named associate director of the Office of Production Management, which helped mobilize the nation's resources for the war effort. The ACWA merged with the Textile Workers of America in 1976, forming the ACTWU, which in 1995 merged with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees [UNITE].<p>Rare.

$35.00

CAPITAL AND LABOR / A FAIR DEAL. Extracts from an Address by Otto H. Kahn before Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh April Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Nineteen. [Cover title]

By Kahn, Otto H

(Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Institute, 1919).. 1919).. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed gray wraps. There are 2 areas of light soiling to the front wrap & the top edge of the rear wrap is slightly darkened. 21 pages. Very good.

$15.00