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Pla de la Victòria: P.S.U. / U.G.T.
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Pla de la Victòria: P.S.U. / U.G.T.

By [SPANISH CIVIL WAR] PARTIT SOCIALISTA UNIFICAT DE CATALUNYA / UNIÓ GENERAL DE TREBELLADORS

[Barcelona: P.S.U. / U.G.T., n.d. but ca. 1937. First Edition. Paperback. Promotional handbill issued at the height of the Spanish Civil War delineating the platform of the short-lived Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia, the Catalan referent of the Communist Party of Spain, and its workers' union. The lovely photo-montaged upper panel depicts both military scenes, agricultural activities, and, at the fore-front, a young woman working on a piece of heavy machinery. Text entirely in Catalan. UCSD only in North American according to OCLC (February, 2019). Octavo (21cm.); bifolium printed on newsprint, photo-montaged upper panel. A hint of wear and toning, else Near Fine.

$150.00

Welcome - 7th Biennial Convention of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Grand International Auxiliary, Memphis Tennessee, May 1906
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Welcome - 7th Biennial Convention of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Grand International Auxiliary, Memphis Tennessee, May 1906

By [LABOR - RAILWAY WORKERS]

[Memphis]: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 1906. First Edition. Ephemera. Small oblong octavo (8-3/4" x 9-3/4", ca 22x25cm); staple bound pictorial paper wrappers; [8]pp. Vertical fold; light wear; Very Good. Official program for the B of LE's 6th convention. Features a page of inset portraits of the union's Officers and order of ceremonies, which included speeches by Stuyvesant Fish, President of the Illinois Central Railroad; John I. Cox, Governor of Tennessee; A.J. Davidson, President of the Frisco Railroad, as well as musical entertainments by The Euterpean Chorus and the Hudson Orchestra ("...composed of an engineer and his family...this is the first convention a resident engineer's family furnished the orchestra."). With an attractive lithographed cover illustration featuring inset portraits of the keynote speakers.

$75.00

[Drop Title] Public Rally / Jobs for All At Decent Pay / Peace wil be secure only if America is securely at work
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[Drop Title] Public Rally / Jobs for All At Decent Pay / Peace wil be secure only if America is securely at work

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS

New York: Congress of Industrial Organizations, n.d. but 1945. First Edition. Broadside flyer (25x18cm.); printed offset in blue on cream stock. Minor uniform toning, else Fine. Flyer advertising a rally in Madison Square Park just days before the end of World War II in response to the "Millions of war workers... being laid off." Among the speakers listed are Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, with music, banners, and entertainment promised. Not separately catalogued in OCLC as of December, 2018.

$125.00

Die Macht und Schwäche der Gewerkschaften: Die Ursachen der Arbeitslosigkeit [The Power and Weakness of Trade Unions: The Reasons of the Unemployed]
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Die Macht und Schwäche der Gewerkschaften: Die Ursachen der Arbeitslosigkeit [The Power and Weakness of Trade Unions: The Reasons of the Unemployed]

By [SOCIALISTS] COLLINS, John M.

Chicago: John M. Collins, 1910. First German Language Edition. Paperback. Short and uncommon study of trade unionism by a member of the Machinists Union no. 134 and a leading member and "agitator" of the Socialist Party. Neither the German or the English language edition of this title mentioned in Egbert. Duke only in OCLC as of November, 2018. 12mo (17cm.); publisher's tan staplebound card wrappers printed in red; 32pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece, full-page cartoons throughout. Light wear, faint dampstain to bottom edge of upper cover only just bleeding into textblock, else Very Good or better.

$125.00

Constitution and Laws of District No. 20, of the United Mine Workers of America. Established May 16, 1898
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Constitution and Laws of District No. 20, of the United Mine Workers of America. Established May 16, 1898

By [LABOR HISTORY - ALABAMA] UMWA

Birmingham: 1898. First Edition. Possibly the earliest printed vestige of the United Mine Workers in Alabama. The UMWA has a rather complicated history in the deep south; the union suffered a powerful defeat, failing to win formal recognition among mine operators in its founding year (1890), and retreated from the region for most of the following decade. With the rising economic tide of 1897 the UMWA was able to re-establish itself; Alabama was established as the UMWA's District 20 in May of 1898 and Birmingham Local 423 was established a few months later. This Constitution, dated December 12-13, 1898, would thus appear to be the first of its kind in Alabama and one of the first in the deep south. Rare; OCLC gives no locations, nor do we locate any example of any Alabama-printed UMWA tracts preceding this one (the nearest competitor being the 1899 By-Laws of Birmingham Local 423, sold by us in 2017). 16mo (ca 14cm x 10cm). Staple-bound printed wrappers; 8pp. Mild external wear and soil; small losses to wrapper edges; Very Good. Signed in type at end of text by W.R. Fairley, President and I.L. Clemo, Secretary.

$750.00

Ballad of the American Dreyfus Case
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Ballad of the American Dreyfus Case

By [SOCIALISTS] [MOONEY, Tom] ANONYMOUS

n.d. but 1934. Lengthy unpublished ballad of 86 4- and 5-line stanzas recounting the plight of iron molder and IWW leader Tom Mooney from his birth to the present date (1934, based on the penultimate stanza on p. 6 describing Judge Griffin: "all these eighteen years [since the 1916 trial], / Has fought on Mooney's side"). Though no author is provided, the poet has a detailed knowledge of Mooney's biography and trial, beginning before his birth with his father, "A tall trade-union Irishman, / Choking his lungs out mining coal"; progressing to Mooney's early childhood helping his widowed mother make ends meet as a paperboy; and the first trial against him after dynamite was found (or planted) on a boat in the San Pablo Bay, a crime for which he was exonerated. The poem additionally recounts the first meetings between Mooney and Warren K. Billings, as well as the tireless travel and work his mother and sister shouldered to bring justice after it was revealed that the star witness, Frank Oxman, had perjured himself. The poem ends with the heartbreaking death of Mother Mooney, who was laid in state at the gates of San Quentin, and the mournful plea: "Warren Billings is forty years old. / Tom Mooney's hair grows white. / How soon will California turn / Her long, long wrong to right?" Another five years would pass before liberal Governor Culbert Olson would pardon him, in 1939. Original clean copy typescript poem; 9ll. on onionskin; previous mail folds, ex-Mooney Papers, Bancroft Library, with their small rubberstamps to each leaf, else Very Good and sound.

$250.00

First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [2 Annual Issues]
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First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [2 Annual Issues]

By [SOCIALISM - WIIU] DANNENBERG, Karl (ed)

Detroit / Troy: Literature Bureau of the Workers' International Industrial Union, 1919 - 1923. First Edition. Pamphlet. The WIIU, the labor union arm of the Socialist Labor Party, was effectively formed in 1908 following the split of the SLP faction from the Industrial Workers of the World; the group identified itself as the 'Detroit IWW' until 1915, at which point the name was changed to Workers International Industrial Union (a typically De Leonist mouthful!). The WIIU never throve; its membership probably never numbered above about 2500 workers, a number that dropped quickly following the death of Daniel De Leon in 1915. By the 1920s the WIIU was an afterthought, and the group was finally disbanded in 1925. Contents include articles by Michael Altschuler, Herman Richter, W.J. Dodge, Henry Kuhn and others; literary contributions by Samuel French, Fred H. Hartmann, Richard Le Galienne, William Morris, and Walt Whitman; portraits and reproductions of artworks by Eugene Higgins, Jan Styka, and Eugene Chaperon. An attractive and rather uncommon American labor souvenir book; OCLC notes 6 physical locations for any issue (2018); the 1923 issue, printed on clearly inferior paper (probably a reflection of the Union's impending demise), appears to be in the catalogue of only a single OCLC member institution (NYPL). Quarto (30cm). Staple-bound pictorial card wrappers; 40pp; illus. Issue for 1919 in clean, unmarked condition, Very Good or better. Issue for 1923 worn, with wrappers darkened and stained, contents slightly age-toned, with corner-creases and occasional thumb-soil; complete and just Good. Annual souvenir of the Workers' International Industrial Union.

$300.00

Ain't You Got A Right
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Ain't You Got A Right

By [LABOR MOVEMENT SONGBOOKS] CARAWAN, Guy (et al)

Knoxville: Highlander Research & Education Center, 1967. First Edition. Pamphlet. Significant and apparently unrecorded collection of southern and Appalachian labor songs, collected by the great folk revivalist and civil rights activist Guy Carawan (1927-2015). Carawan was the long-serving Musical Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center (also known as the Highlander Folk School). In that capacity, in 1960, he introduced the song "We Shall Overcome" to a group of North Carolina students who would form The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Carawan is thus credited with having introduced the Civil Rights movement to its iconic anthem. He would go on to prominence as both a musician and musicologist, and a hugely influential proponent of music as a means to organization and solidarity. The current collection attempts to do for Appalachian workers' movements what "We Shall Overcome" did for the civil rights movement; it is dedicated, according to Carawan's foreword, to "helping build a singing spirit to a poor people's movement in Appalachia...just as it took time for a sizeable body of appropriate songs to evolve in the civil righs movement, it will take time to find the right songs to get people singing and moving in Appalachia..." Songs include Carawan's own "Ain't You Got A Right To The Tree of Life;" such popular ballads as "Sixteen Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon;" and southern labor anthems such as "There Is Mean Things Happening In This Land," "Which Side Are You On?," and "I Hate the Company Bosses." Rare; not separately catalogued in OCLC and never previously seen by us. Not in Cohen (Work and Sing, 2010). Quarto (28cm). Side-stapled, mimeographed sheets; 18 unnumbered leaves, printed recto-only. Two tiny spots of discoloration to front wrapper, else Near Fine.

$250.00

[Cover title] Summary of Conference on "Human Relations" for United Auto Workers - AFL Region 8, December 6 - 9, 1949, Decatur, Illinois
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[Cover title] Summary of Conference on "Human Relations" for United Auto Workers - AFL Region 8, December 6 - 9, 1949, Decatur, Illinois

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] STAGNER, Ross

Champaign, IL: University of Illinois / Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1949. First Edition. Paperback. Early-ish conference inspired by the Human Relations movement of the early 1930s. The event was co-organized by the UAW and the University's Institute of Labor with "emphasis...placed on some of the psychological factors involved in dealing with people. In a sense, therefore, it was a new and experimental approach to the problems of union representatives" (from the foreword--text by Ross Stagner, a professional psychologist). Latter portion of the conference devoted primarily to problem solving, role-playing, interviewing, and behavior. Two copies of this title located in OCLC as of December, 2018, at Cornell and U. Illinois. Quarto (27.5cm.); publisher's blue mimeographed staplebound wrappers; [1],14ll. printed from typescript on rectos only. Spine edge very slightly sunned, else Near Fine.

$125.00

The Songs of Joe Hill. Sung by Joe Glazer (Folkways FA 2039)
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The Songs of Joe Hill. Sung by Joe Glazer (Folkways FA 2039)

By [I.W.W. - SOUND RECORDINGS] GLAZER, Joe

New York: Folkways, [1954]. Record. Glazer's pioneering recordings of Joe Hill's iconic labor songs, including "The Preacher and the Slave," "Casey Jones the Union Scab," "The Rebel Girl," "Mr. Block," and others. Glazer was the leading exponent of the labor song tradition during the folk revival, and his interpretations of these songs would not be superceded until Utah Phillips breathed an entirely new life into them in the 1970s. 10" vinyl record in original pictorial jacket. and kraft-paper inner sleeve. Disc appears unplayed, with excellent gloss and no visible surface scratches; jacket Very Good but for a horizontal surface scratch at bottom third. Includes descriptive booklet with lyrics.

$100.00

Original Hand-Drawn Broadside Advertising the Debate "Question - Resolved that the Law Should Place a Limit upon the Hours for Daily Labor for Workingmen"
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Original Hand-Drawn Broadside Advertising the Debate "Question - Resolved that the Law Should Place a Limit upon the Hours for Daily Labor for Workingmen"

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] McCLUNG, W.E.

N.p., 1892. Quite an attractive and detailed hand-drawn announcement of a Christmas Eve labor debate, the illustration drawn within a trompe-l'oeil wood-paneled frame and depicting two exceedingly young men, simply labelled "President" and "Secretary," though the names of those involved have been added in a presumably different, more scrawling hand. The lower edge claims "All are cordially invited to attend," but the debate having been held "Monday Eve. Dec. 24, '92" leads us to believe that turn-out may have been rather sparse. No union appears to have been linked to the event, and the youthfulness of the two men depicted open the possibility that this was a college debate club event. Hand-drawn broadside (43x35.5cm.), accomplished in black ink and pencil. Some light soil and toning to extremities, a few tiny pin-holes at top corners not approaching image, else Very Good or better.

$650.00

Knowledge for Workers: Midwest Conference [for] Teachers & Leaders in Workers Education, Waukegan, Illinois, October 5-6, 1940
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Knowledge for Workers: Midwest Conference [for] Teachers & Leaders in Workers Education, Waukegan, Illinois, October 5-6, 1940

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] AMERICAN LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE

New York: American Labor Education Service, 1940. First Edition. Agenda for the first of a short-lived annual series of Midwest Conferences held by the ALES throughout World War II. The Conference included a series of discussion panels ("Can Labor Hold Its Own?"; "Techniques in Workers' Education"); and an exhibition of materials for workers' classes. Upper cover adorned with a rather lovely vignette of a cloud-topped industrial skyline, a hand holding up a torch in the fore-ground. Unfortunately the torch's flame is obscuring the "GE" in the title's "KNOWLEDGE." Not catalogued in OCLC (either under "Knowledge" or "Knowled") as of December, 2018. Quarto bifolium (25x20cm.), fold at top edge; illustration to upper panel signed in image ["Ed. Lossus?"], text printed from typescript. Faint fold lines most notable to rear cover, rust stain from previously removed paperclip at top edge, some light dust-soil else Very Good and sound.

$125.00

[Broadside] Social Dance Given By Machinists' Local, No. 617
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[Broadside] Social Dance Given By Machinists' Local, No. 617

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] MACHINISTS' LOCAL NO. 617

Hoosick Falls, NY: Union Print Shop, 1920. Handprinted broadside (26x32cm.) on buff card stock; text in typographically decorative border. Stock uniformly toned, tiny dents at top corners, else Very Good or better. Placard announcing a dance at the local Labor Hall September 24, 1920. The ticket cost of 50 cents included "War Tax." At the time of publication Hoosick Falls was still the site of the farm machinery manufacturer A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Company, which in the 1890s was the largest of its kind in the world. By 1924, however, the company would cease to exist, unable to compete with John Deere's self-propelled farm equipment. Unlocated in OCLC as of August, 2018.

$200.00

Preamble and Declaration of Principles of the Knights of Labor [verso title: The Requirements of Knighthood]
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Preamble and Declaration of Principles of the Knights of Labor [verso title: The Requirements of Knighthood]

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] KNIGHTS OF LABOR

Philadelphia: Knights of Labor, n.d. but before 1893. Scarce recruiting circular for the Knights of Labor, undated but presumably issued before Powderley lost the Master Workman election of 1893. Opening text differs from the earlier, 1885, circular, here describing the Knights as "not a political party, it is more, for in it are crystallized sentiments and measures for the benefit of the whole people." Recto provides the organizations twenty-two aims, including the abolition of child labor, the prohibition of "importation of foreign labor," and equal rights for men and women. Verso provides a description of the "Requirement of Knighthood," most especially that of exercising "the right of suffrage intelligently." Not separately catalogued in OCLC as of August, 2018. Broadsheet circular (29x15cm.). Signed in type by Terence W. Powderly, General Master Workman, at bottom of verso. Previous folds and rather substantial archival tape repair where stock has split at folds, faint contemporary ownership rubberstamp of J.A. Sorge to recto. About Very Good overall.

$750.00

Illustrated History of the Washington Central Labor Union and Its Affiliated Organizations
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Illustrated History of the Washington Central Labor Union and Its Affiliated Organizations

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CENTRAL LABOR UNION

Washington DC: District of Columbia Central Labor Union, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (23.5cm.); publisher's orange-brown blind-ruled cloth, gilt-lettered spine; 439pp.; photographic illus. throughout, local illustrated ads printed on endpapers and scattered throughout text. Boards rather soiled and worn with some splitting of cloth at corners, spine darkened and gilt dulled, hinges cracked. A Good or better copy only of an uncommon Union history. OCLC locates 8 copies only as of August, 2018.

$150.00

[Drop Title] Workers, Let's Have What's Coming to Us!
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[Drop Title] Workers, Let's Have What's Coming to Us!

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] "BILL"

Seattle, 1920. First Edition. Paperback. Uncommon anti-union pamphlet recounting in a series of letters addressed to "Fellow Worker" the demise of a fictional Washington logging camp whose owner, inspired by the socialist writings of Bill Haywood, has given the camp over to the workers. In the end, due to lack of leadership, the introduction of the 40-hour work week, and paid sick leave, the camp has naturally gone bust. Yale only in OCLC as of August, 2018. Octavo (20cm); pictorial staplebound self-wrappers; 7pp.; illus. throughout. Wrappers uniformly toned and a bit brittle due to poor paper stock, else Very Good to Near Fine.

$150.00

[Text in Yiddish] = Bilder fun Idishn Arbeter Lebn in Amerike (Sketches of the Life of Jewish Workers in America)

By [LABOR HISTORY] [WORKMEN'S CIRCLE] WEINSTEIN, Bernard & Naftoli Gross; Note Koslovski, illus

New York: Arbeiter Ring aka Workmen's Circle, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. History of immigrant Jewish labor in America, written for a juvenile audience and illustrated throughout after ink drawings by Note Koslovski. Small square quarto (21.5cm.); original maroon cloth, pictorial plate printed in blue, green, and black mounted to upper cover, spine lettered in black; 139pp.; portrait frontispiece, text illus. Spine a bit faded; front board very slightly yawning, else Near Fine.

$100.00

[Drop title] Busses [sic] for People / Not for Profits!
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[Drop title] Busses [sic] for People / Not for Profits!

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] CENTER FOR UNITED LABOR ACTION [BUFFALO, NY]

Buffalo: Center for United Labor Action, 1971. First Edition. Broadside flyer (27.5cm.); printed in black on white stock. Extremities unevenly toned, minor wear from handling, else Near Very Good. Issued in response to a meeting held by the Department of Transportion regarding a bus fare increase. "Of course, the hearing was held at 9AM so that few workers could attend." Flyer urges readers to demand a new hearing "in behalf of the working people," at which all NFT data would be available. Contemporary newspaper accounts indicate that despite the Center's efforts, New York state transportation did indeed raise the bus fare to 40¢ a ride (approx. $2.50 in 2018). This flyer not separately catalogued in OCLC as of December, 2018.

$75.00

[Drop title] Sample Ballot: United Association Journeymen Plumbers and Steamfitters / Auxiliary Local Union 463 / Election, Saturday, January 14, 1939
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[Drop title] Sample Ballot: United Association Journeymen Plumbers and Steamfitters / Auxiliary Local Union 463 / Election, Saturday, January 14, 1939

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] UNITED ASSOCIATION JOURNEYMEN PLUMBERS AND STEAMFITTERS - AUXILIARY LOCAL UNION 463

New York: United Association Journeymen Plumbers and Steamfitters, 1939. First Edition. Detailed instructions with diagram of the ballot on which members of the UAJPS would be voting, using a rather confusing system of red levers ("If you make any mistake in the choice of your candidate, and as long as curtain [sic] remains closed, you can make any necessary changes by pushing wrong voting pointers back to original position." Because the levers were unmarked, the sample ballot would have been a required map for the voter. Truly a system to give the 2000 Florida election a run for its money. Large illustrated broadside flyer (27.5x43cm.); printed offset in black on white stock. Previous folds and some soiling, else Very Good or better.

$150.00

Original Stencilled Souvenir Certificate with Collage and Calligraphic Elements

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA

Lemont, PA: F.M. Terrace, 1937. Broadside souvenir certificate (30.5x40.5cm.) on stiff card stock; a few small paper flaws along extremities, none approaching illustrations or text, verso rather toned, else Very Good or better. Includes collage American flags, the UMW's symbol, and a color portrait lozenge of President FDR, as well as various stencilled emblems and the phrases "In Union Is Power / Justice To All" in gilt. Manuscript calligraphy around FDR's portrait attributes this certificate to Local Union No. 1278 of Lemont, PA. Quite an attractive and well-preserved New Deal-era labor souvenir.

$250.00

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