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  1. The Abolition of Work and Other Myths
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1995
  2. All the Livelong Day
    The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work, Revised and Updated Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1994
  3. The American Working Class in Historical Persepctive 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1973
    A review of Jeremy Brecher's Strike! (See CX6590)
  4. Art and Labour
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1884
    Says Morris: "By art, I do not mean only pictures and sculpture, nor only these and architecture, that is beautiful building properly ornamented; these are only a portion of art, which comprises, as I understand the word a great deal more; beauty produced by the labour of man both mental and bodily, the expression of the interest man takes in the life of man upon the earth with all its surroundings, in other words the human pleasure of life is what I mean by art."
  5. Bowling Alone
    The Collapse and Revival of American Community

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
    Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the contradictory, to give a complete look at trends of community involvement and how increased social capital can benefit everybody.
  6. The burden of slavery
    New Internationalist August 2001 - #337

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2001
    Discusses a brief history of slavery in different parts of the world, and its existence in the presence. Outlines ways for people and the government can contribute to end slavery.
  7. Bureau of Public Secrets 
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles from a Situationist perspective.
  8. Canadian Feminism And The Law
    The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and the Pursuit of Equality

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1991
    The author gives a fascinating and informative look at the efforts of the Legal Education and Action Fund, a Feminist-Activist organization for the struggle to effect an egalitarian society through Charter litigation.
  9. Centre for Research on Work and Society
    Resource Type: Website
    University-union-community research centre doing activist research on work and labour.
  10. Common Sense for Hard Times 
    The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1976
    Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is organized, and thereby enables us to re-examine our own situation and experience.
  11. Connexions
    Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1978
  12. Connexions
    Volume 7, Number 4 - December 1982 - Housing

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1982
  13. Connexions
    Volume 8, Number 2 - Summer 1983 - Toward a New Economy

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1983
  14. Connexions
    Volume 9, Number 1 - Spring 1984 - Energy - A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1984
  15. Connexions
    Volume 11, Number 1 - Spring 1987 - A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1987
  16. Connexions
    Volume 11, Number 2 - Winter 1988 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1988
  17. Connexions Annual 1989
    A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1989
    The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
  18. Connexions Annual 1994
    A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1994
    Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series of introductory articles surveying a wide range of social and environmental issues and possibile alternatives.
  19. Connexions Annual Overview: Economy, Poverty, Work
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989   Published: 1994
    To effect desired change, it is necessary to have the power to set a different agenda, and therefore to challenge the current concentration of economic and political power. One of the keys to building an effective movement is mutual acts of solidarity, inspired by the principle that `an injury to one is an injury to all'.
  20. Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989   Published: 1994
    A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rights, civil liberties, social change.
  21. Connexions Digest
    Volume 12, Number 1 - Fall 1988 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1988
  22. Connexions Digest
    Volume 12, Number 2 - Issue 48 - Winter 1988-89 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1989
  23. Connexions Digest
    Issue 50 - December 1989 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1989
  24. Connexions Digest
    Issue 51 - May 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1990
  25. Connexions Digest
    Issue 52 - August 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1990
  26. Connexions Digest
    Issue 53 - January 1991- A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1991
  27. Connexions Digest
    Issue 54 - February 1992- A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1992
  28. Connexions Library: Economy, Poverty, Work Focus 
    Resource Type: Website
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the economy and economics.
  29. Connexions Library: Work Focus Page
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on work.
  30. The Crisis of Modern Society
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1965   Published: 1967
    Based on a talk given by Paul Cardan at Kent in 1965, "Crisis" elucidates upon the several endemic problems of modern societies, touching on the sciences, education, and the organization of work.
  31. Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    Doussard demonstrates that the decline in wages and working conditions is anything but the unavoidable result of competitive economic forces. Rather, he makes the case that service sector and other local-serving employers have boosted profit with innovative practices to exploit workers that go far beyond wage cuts.
  32. The Economy of Cities
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1970
    Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
  33. Equal Shares in Caring
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1991
  34. Falling Behind
    The State of Working Canada, 2000

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
    An accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.
  35. False Promises 
    The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1973
  36. Food, Shelter and the American Dream
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
  37. Forced to Love the Grind 
    Passion is the new workplace requirement — and one that should be resisted

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    In this world, legendary figures are the ones who remain in the office for one hundred hours straight, working through their children's musical recitals and 104-degree fevers. The idea is that workers become superhuman through the refusal of self-care. This phenomenon isn't merely depressing; it's outright dangerous.
  38. Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada
    Third Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1984   Published: 1988
    See also CX2933.
  39. Getting There
    Producing Photostories With Immigrant Women

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1983
    Photostories about immigrant women surviving in and adapting to a new culture.
  40. Goodbye Welfare, Hello Workfare
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The world’s richest countries are coercing their citizens to ‘donate’ their labour to big businesses and other organizations in return for welfare payments.
  41. The Hidden Injuries of Class
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1966   Published: 1972
    Sennett and Cobb look at human relations between people of different classes and analyze everyday life and ordinary situations to identify class signals that make people feel inadequate.
  42. Idiot Bosses and Valiant Women
    Labor and Capital in Actual Practice

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    "No matter what the enterprise, most employees know who the hard workers are, even though it's not their job to know. They know who hustles, pitches in and lends a hand, who goofs off and avoids work, and who strives to keep the operation going by performing those thankless little tasks that don't necessarily get noticed by management." This piece looks at a specific case of a boss benifting from the hard work of their employees who gained nothing.
  43. In Praise of Idleness 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1932
    More leisure, not work, will benefit civilization. Modern organization and technology makes a four hour work day possible for leisure to be distributed to everyone.
  44. The Informal Work Group
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1973
    Stan Weir on some of his life experiences at work and what he saw as the "the only organizational form opposed to formal bureaucracies which cannot be captured by them", the informal work group.
  45. LabourStart
    Resource Type: Website
    A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
  46. Life on the Line
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1971
    Working on an assembly line in an auto plant.
  47. Marxists Internet Archive 
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  48. The Mass Psychology of Fascism 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1933   Published: 1970
    Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or political group. He understands fascism as the expression of the irrational character structure of human beings whose needs and impulses have been suppressed.
  49. Meatpackers
    An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality

    Resource Type: Book
    Provides an important window into race and racism in the American workplace. In their own words, male and female packinghouse workers in the Midwest - mostly African-American - talk of their experiences on the shop floor and picket lines.
  50. Miners and Steelworkers
    Labour in Cape Breton

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1976
  51. Money and Rain: Tom Wayman Live!
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
  52. The Newsletter
    Periodical profile

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1973   Published: 1974
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workplace issues, labour unions, workers autonomy and related topics. A total of five-and-a-half issues were published. Copies of the newsletters are available in the Connexions Archive.
  53. The Newsletter #2
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1973
  54. The Newsletter #3
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1973
  55. The Newsletter #4
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1974
  56. The Newsletter #5
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1974
  57. Nickel and Dimed
    On (Not) Getting By In America

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2001
    Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them, inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour?
  58. No Bosses Here!
    A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1981
    A perceptive and practical guide to working in a collective.
  59. On Unions and the Class Struggle
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1969   Published: 1973
    Written during the wave of workers' struggles known as the Italian hot autumn of 1969, when the autonomous struggles of the working class reached an unprecedented level, laying bare the character and function of the unions.
  60. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2015
    Labour Day issue

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2015
    Labour Day issue, with articles examining the relentless pressure put on workers to work ever longer hours, at the cost of their health and family life; anti-worker legislation, Zapatista popular education, and the Greek crisis.
  61. Part-time Paradox: Connecting Gender, Work and Family
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1992
    Tthe authors discuss whether the over-representation of women in part-time labour is exploitive or liberating. They present interviews and original research to describe the ways in which alternative work forms simultaneously challenge and reinforce traditional gender roles.
  62. Radical Democracy 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1997
    Lummis revives the meaning of democratic struggle and critques the economic and technological processes that have hindered its growth.
  63. The Red Menace 
    A libertarian socialist newsletter

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1975   Published: 1980
    Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, and terrorism.
  64. Red Menace #2
    Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 1977

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
    A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
  65. Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
    Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir.
  66. Reshaping Work
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1995
  67. Resistance in China Today
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Cases of Resistance in China continue to grow. Protests both large and small are extremely frequent. These range from workers’ protests against unpaid wages and demands for labor rights to protests against corrupt officials and environmental abuses. While these struggles have often been brought to a swift end through repression, they have also frequently led to protestors being granted concessions.
  68. The Right To Be Lazy
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1883
    Our epoch has been called the century of work. It is in fact the century of pain, misery and corruption.
  69. Small Is Not Beautiful: Life at the Bay Guardian
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1987
  70. Social Determinants of Health
    Canadian Perspectives

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
  71. Socialism and Revolution 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1967   Published: 1973
    Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and parliamentary institutions that its decay often does not become apparent to us until those institutions have been either brushed aside or reduced to a purely decorative role.
  72. Socialist Humanism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1965   Published: 1966
    An international symposium whose contributors explore the humanist essence of socialism. Among the contributors are Herbert Marcuse, Maximilien Rubel, Norman Thomas, T.B. Bottomore, Raya Dunayevskaya, Ernst Bloch, and Bertrand Russell.
  73. The Socialist Register 1981
    Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1981
  74. The Socialist Register 1985/1986
    Volume 22: Social Democracy and After

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1986
  75. Strike! 
    The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972   Published: 1997
    A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
  76. A Tale of Two Offices
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1977
    Daily life and offices politics viewed through the experience of working in two libraries with very different management styles.
  77. The Teenage Liberation Handbook
    How to Quit School, Get a Real Life and Education

    Resource Type: Book
  78. Traces of Magma 
    An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1983
    An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
  79. Two Miners
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1971
  80. Useful Work versus Useless Toil
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1883
    Morris proposes that while work is essential for our survival, nevertheless "there is some labour which is so far from being a blessing that it is a curse; that it would be better for the community and for the worker if the latter were to fold his hands and refuse to work."
  81. A Very Ordinary Life
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    The story of one woman's life in the context of a dazzling and brutal century, encompassing the rise of fascism, the great depression, emigration, war, and above all, a likfe of work -- in mining and logging camps, in factories, on the farm.
  82. What Is Important?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    It is necessary to demolish the monstrously false idea that the problems that workers see are not important, that there are more important ones which only "theorists" and politicians can speak about.
  83. Why Work?
    Arguments for the Leisure Society

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1983
    Essays on useless work, useful work, and alternatives to work.
  84. The William Morris Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    A subarchive of the Marxists Internet Archive, featuring the works of the English socialist, writer, and artist William Morris.
  85. Windows on the Workplace
    Technology, Jobs, and the Organization of Office Work

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    Takes us behind the news stories of the highly efficient, high-tech workplace and shows us the ways in which technologies have been adapted by management to reshape the way work is done.
  86. Women at Work
    Ontario 1850-1930

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    Wmen at Work attempts to explore the realities of Canadian women's experiences, and proposes a framework which begins to answer why the double exploitation of women as mothers and workers has persisted to the present day.
  87. Women at Work - Ontario, 1850- 1930
    Resource Type: Book
  88. Women on the Global Assembly Line
    Resource Type: Book
  89. Work
    Capitalism. Economics. Resistance

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2011
    About work in capitalist society.
  90. Work and New Technologies
    Other Perspectives (Volume 3)

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1987
    Essays covering health hazards, labour concerns, and issues of deskilling related to new technologies in the workplace.
  91. Work Overload: Time for a Union Strategy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    Talk to workers in any sector, in any workplace and sooner or later they’ll get to their frustrations with their ever-increasing workloads: ‘I’m struggling’, they’ll lament to fellow workers or anyone ready to listen, ‘to just do the job, never mind do it well’. And yet even though few work-related issues seem to generate more passion, the relentless intensification of every-day work life rarely surfaces as a union priority. Why?
  92. Worked to the Bone
    Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky

    Resource Type: Book
    A provocative examination of race, class and the mechanics of inequality in the United States.
  93. A Workers' Inquiry
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1880
  94. Workers Profiles: Below the Minimum Wage
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    An endless supply of alcohol, good music, pool tables, and friendly strangers -- these elements seem like a recipe for a fun time. For those of us who frequent bars and pubs, this kind of environment is exactly what we look forward to at the end of a long day or work week. Imagine working at a bar. It seems natural that bartenders would enjoy their upbeat surroundings at work as much as their customers. Now, imagine being the only worker at a bar. You alone are responsible for cleaning the bar, controlling drunk customers, serving food, buying supplies -- everything all alone during an overnight shift.
  95. Working 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972   Published: 1974
    People talk a bout what they do all day and how they feel about what they do.
  96. Working at Inglis
    The Life and Death of a Canadian Company

    Resource Type: Book
    David Sobel and Susan Meurer look at 108 years of history at the John Inglis plant in west Toronto. With archival and contemprary photos, interviews with workers, the history of gendered work segregation during WW2 and union struggles to organize the plant, the authors tell the story of the rise and fall of one of the city's oldest companies.
  97. Working Harder Isn't Working
    A Detailed Plan for Implementing a Four-day Workweek in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1993
    O'Hara details how the overworked can job share with the unemployed for economic, social, and psychological benefits for all.
  98. Working Hours
    Resource Type: Article
    In this article written around 1972, Guido Viale, a member of the Italian socialist group Lotta Continua, discusses the struggle for less work and shorter hours.
  99. Working in a supermarket
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    Observations on working as a carry-out in a supermarket.
  100. Working in an office -- for a while
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    The first thing that strikes one about working in this particular office is how little actual work ever gets done.
  101. Working Lives
    Vancouver 1886-1986

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1986
  102. Workshop Talks: Reclaim our labor
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    Lin discusses the precarious conditions under which healthcare labourers work.

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