Suggested Reading
From time to time your Fourth District Staff or Vice President will come across an interesting book or video that is pertinent to what is happening
today to our members and working men and women.  We will put information here to help you obtain these books, etc. if you choose to buy them.
If you are aware of any such books please send us an e-mail and tell us about it.To order the book(s) below and dozens of other publications and
items follow the link(s) below to order for yourself or for that conscientious leader that simply wants to do a better job.

Go to the "Union Communications Services" Website and click on "Book Catalog".

I am highlighting the books below, they should be of interest, to any Local Union Leader in this challenging environment today. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Union Member’s Complete Guide: Everything You Want – and Need – to Know About Working Union

           The Union Member’s Complete Guide: Everything You Want – and Need – to Know About Working Union
            By Michael Mauer

            An easy-to-read, thorough explanation of what unions are, how they work, and the rights and responsibilities of membership. Countless
            workers today became union members only because they took jobs in previously organized workplaces and have little understanding of
            how unions work. This book gives them that basic understanding and answers bedrock questions about such things as the structure of
            the labor movement, how contracts are negotiated, the grievance process, core labor laws, their union’s role in their community and a
            whole lot more.

            This is a good book for use on many levels: to introduce new members to the union, as a brush-up for veteran workers who want a better
            feel for what it’s all about, and for workers in nonunion settings who are investigating unionization as a way to improve their work lives.

            The Union Member’s Complete Guide is an excellent resource. The author, a veteran union service director, organizer and negotiator, is
            a one-time attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and has a solid grasp of unions and unionism, both public and private sector.

            150 pages paperback. Published by UCS


             Cost: $15.95            ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________           

Robert’s Rules of Order in Brief, 2nd edition
By Henry M. Robert III, Daniel H. Honemann and Thomas J. Balch

This is a newly-updated handbook containing everything you need to know about chairing – and participating in – a meeting. It is published in cooperation with the people behind the official Robert’s Rules,
so it’s the real thing. Handy tables offer quick help during a meeting—you can quickly scan a page and understand how to make your next move. It covers everything you need, even a complete description
of your rights and responsibilities as a convention delegate and a comprehensive chapter on frequently asked questions.

Included are sample dialogues to get you confidently through motions, nominations, elections, votes, debate, amendments, and more, and invaluable tips for keeping meetings orderly and on track.

197 pages paperback


Negotiating for the Union: An Inside View of Strategies and Tactics (DVD)

          Negotiating for the Union

       An Inside View of Strategies
         and Tactics (DVD, Plus Guide)

            By The Worker Institute at Cornell

            This is a three part series, produced in-house by The Worker Institute at Cornell, with union volunteers and labor educators. This DVD is a tool for
            teaching about negotiations and grievances and is sold with a discussion guide for each segment: An Inside View of Collective Bargaining (two versions,
            one with commentary by ILR faculty), Bargaining and Caucus Techniques,
and Resolving a Suspension Grievance. Proceeds from the sale of the series
            will be used to support worker participation in training programs offered by the Worker Institute at Cornell. For a free download of the video An Inside View
            of Collective Bargaining with commentary by respected faculty at the ILR School at Cornell, visit
            Published by UCS
            (One DVD, plus guide)

Cost:  $29.95


Labor and the Environmental Movement: The Quest for Common Ground



  Labor and the Environmental Movement: The Quest for Common Ground
   By Brian K. Obach

      Relations between organized labor and environmental groups are typically characterized as adversarial, most often because of the threat of job losses invoked
      by industries facing environmental regulation. But, as Brian Obach shows, the two largest and most powerful social movements in the United States actually share
      a great deal of common ground. Unions and environmentalists have worked together on a number of issues, including workplace health and safety,
      environmental restoration, and globalization. (Examples include the surprising solidarity of "Teamsters and Turtles" in the anti-WTO demonstrations in Seattle,
      and the formal Steelworkers-Sierra Club "Blue-Green Alliance").
      Labor and the Environmental Movement examines why, when, and how unions and environmental organizations either cooperate or come into conflict.
      By exploring the interorganizational dynamics that are crucial to cooperative efforts, and presenting detailed studies of labor-environmental group coalition
      building from around the country (examining in detail examples from Maine, New Jersey, New York, Washington, and Wisconsin), the author provides insight
      into how these movements can be brought together to promote a just and sustainable society.

338 pages
    Cost:  $30.00

Fundamentals of Labor Arbitration

             Fundamentals of Labor Arbitration

By Jay E. Grenig and Rocco M. Scanza

A valuable new resource, Fundamentals of Labor Arbitration is a great introduction to the way disputes in the labor-management setting are
dealt with under collective bargaining agreements and statutes. It is particularly helpful to unionists at all levels who need to understand how
this important process works.

176 pages paperback

Price: $25.00


What Did You Learn at Work Today? The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education
By Helena Worthen

What Did You Learn at Work Today? The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education is written for everyone who works. How do workers make
a bad job into a good job? Where do they get the power to do their jobs right? These lessons must be learned, but not the way we learn
at school, where people study alone and succeed or fail as individuals. The lessons of labor education are learned collectively, through practice and discussion.

276 pages paperback

Price: $15.00


The Legal Rights of Union Stewards, 4th edition, revised 2013 

The Legal Rights of Union Stewards, 4th Edition
By Robert M. Schwartz

This is a 2009, Fourth Edition (revised) of a classic for labor activist: a thorough and easy-to-use digest of the rights of union stewards
and officers.Also available in Spanish, 4th edition, or as a 2 CD audio book. Specify in "comment" field when ordering.

155 pages paperback 

Price: $20.00


Welcome to the Union pamphlet (Single copy)

Welcome to the Union: A Pamphlet for New Employees
(Two versions: Private Sector or Public Sector)
published by Union Communication Services
By Michael Mauer

Don’t let management’s voice be the only one heard by new employees who hire on in your unionized workplace. Welcome them to the job
with this easy-to-read, solidarity-building introduction to unionism. It comes in two versions -- public sector and private sector. Welcome to the Union
helps new co-workers understand unionism and is designed to win their support and involvement. It’s a quick and easy read that offers a
concise, to-the-point explanation of how unions operate and the vital role every employee can play helping improve the workplace for all.

16 pages pamphlet

Price: $2.00


Mother Jones said it best:

Sit down and read, Educate yourself for the coming conflict.

Conflict is busting out all over. Are you prepared?

We are highlighting must read books that help us understand the times in which we are living. More Books


I Knew I Could Do This Work: Seven Strategies That Promote Women’s Activism and Leadership in Unions
By Amy Caizza, Ph.D

Although nearly half of union members in the United States are female, little more than one leadership position in five is held by a woman. This report is designed to promote women's activism and leadership within unions
across the country at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Based on interviews with union organizers and activists throughout the country, the report explores three main questions: What are the main obstacles that
discourage women's union activism and leadership? How can unions help overcome them? How can women's movement organizing better support union women? The report outlines seven strategies that unions can use
to encourage women's increased participation in a workforce that is increasingly female.

Published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit research organization working in affiliation with The George Washington University.

42 pages booklet

Price: $10.00


Just Cause: The Seven Tests, 3rd edition
By Adolph M. Koven and Susan L. Smith; revised by Kenneth May

In this classic work, actual and hypothetical examples reveal how arbitrators interpret and decide workplace disputes using criteria developed by master arbitrator Carroll R. Daugherty, the authors of Just Cause: The Seven Tests look at the Seven Tests of just cause over a 40-year-development period and examine how the just cause principles developed in the 1960s have been applied to new areas of arbitration, such as sexual harassment and work and family issues.

This edition includes material that addresses topics that have emerged or developed regarding notice, reasonable rules and orders, investigation, fair investigation, proof, equal treatment, and penalty in the years since the last edition, including:

A comprehensive index and LA CDI numbers to the Bureau of National Affair’s Labor Arbitration Reports provide easy research and convenient references to arbitrated cases.

560 pages hardcover
Price: $105.00


 Building More Effective Unions, 2nd edition

Building More Effective Unions
2nd edition By Paul F. Clark

Building strong unions in today’s economic, political and social environment is a difficult task, growing more difficult with each passing day.
One potentially useful, but largely overlooked, resource available to the labor movement is behavioral science. In this scholarly but quite readable
book, Paul Clark makes the findings of behavioral science accessible to those committed to building a stronger labor movement.

212 pages paperback

Price: $21.58


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