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The Rise and Fall of Coal Miners’ Unions

The origin of coal miners' unions during the late 19th century.

The Trouble with Scientific Management

Frederick Taylor's scientific management theory has some holes in it.

Class, Feminism and the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers

A paper for Pennsylvania History looked at the way elite & working-class feminists worked together to create the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers.
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Why Retail Workers Depend on Merciful Supervisors

What's the best benefit retail workers could ask for? An understanding supervisor.

Why Higher Pay Can Be Good for Business

Higher pay for workers can be a good move for firms even beyond PR.
William P. Jones

Labor Unions, Public Employees, and Race: An Interview with William P. Jones

An interview with scholar William P. Jones on labor unions, public employees, and race.

Quantitative Research in 2015, as Imagined in 1990

If you want to get some perspective how much quantitative research has changed in the past few decades, try going back to 1990.

Employee Morale Campaigns: The Early Years

Intensive studies of workers' moods to improve business performance goes back more than 75 years.

When Unions Fought for the Environment

In a 1998 paper in Environmental History, Scott Dewey argues that unions were a key force for the emerging cause of environmentalism in the 1950s and '60s.
Education and Leisure

The Rise and Fall of “Education for Leisure”

Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear?