Announcing the Labor History Book Club

Books-06The goal for this site is to teach people more about Labor History. To give people some simple tools to learn more about how they got that 8 hour day, 40 hour week, vacations, pensions …… I feel that too many Union members have no clue on how they came about these things. The old saying, 8 hours work, 8 hours sleep, 8 hours leisure is unknown, as is the fact that it has not always been like it is now. And many of those who don’t have a union today don’t have these things we take for granted. When you work for minimum wage, you have more than one job, sometimes more than two, which eats into both the sleep and the leisure hours.

So I thought it would be interesting to set up a book club to encourage others to read, and then discuss the history of our movement. Maybe give you ideas that you can use in your own locals, or even get your union brother and sisters involved in the club. So here’s how I see it as working. (we can figure out what does and doesn’t work and change things as needed as we go)

During a month, we read the book chosen by poll the month before. We can discuss it on the site in the forums, and have a Google Hangout the last week of the month to discuss in face to face. We keep it simple, and fairly informal. Since we are all adults, and all Union members, I don’t see the need to make things overly formal, but if we decide later, we can do it together as a group.

Since I’m just starting this, we did not get any suggestions from “this month” so I’m putting these three books in the poll. You can click on the links to see more info about the book, then vote in the poll in the sidebar. The poll ends at midnight on the 1st and I’ll post the book and a link if you want to get it online. (Or if your really lucky, you local library) Either way, we have the month to read it, and discussions can start at any time.

If you have suggestions on how we can do things better or different, speak up. You can use the forums or comments here. Just hit the “register” page above so you can sign into the site and it will give you access to the forums

The book choices for October are:

Hellraiser - Mother Jones: An Historical Novel

Price: $16.95

4.7 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

19 used & new available from $8.99

The Guns of Lattimer

Price: $37.98

4.2 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)

16 used & new available from $7.50

When Miners March

Price: $21.95

3.9 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)

43 used & new available from $3.99

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