This is a good place to start. The two long books cover a lot of territory, but they succeed in putting labor history in context. Not a book to read straight through as much as a reference to investigate eras and concepts. Well-written, accessible, and it has pictures.
This account deals with the decline of unions. Starting with a chapter on "why labor matters," Fantasia takes a thoughtful look at labor's current dilemma with a glance back at history. Not easy reading, but worth the effort.
Dine, who brings a clear pro-union agenda to his work, uses vivid contemporary examples to provide an overview of the labor movement and suggest ways for unions to regain influence.
A thorough, easy-to-read overview, particularly of the early labor movement.
This is a fine examination of labor history beginning in the 1930s. The author gives a balanced view of the shifting influence of labor and management.