Explore the plight and successes of America’s working class with HeinOnline’s newest editorialized collection of more than 10,000 titles that illuminate the history of labor conditions and employment law in the United States. Labor and Employment: The American Worker is an extensive collection that allows users to explore all of the cases, legislation, scholarly articles, and much more related to the workplace in the United States. And the best part is we’ve made it easy for you to add to your subscription—this collection is available for an affordable, one-time payment. Check out the video below and keep reading to learn more about this hard-working database.
About the Database
From 1866, when the first national labor union was formed, to today, when employees still struggle with poor wages, lack of benefits, and high degrees of job dissatisfaction in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the American workplace has always been rife with conflict between employees and employers. With this newest database, users can explore legislative histories, Supreme Court case briefs, accounts of historical labor riots, current reports on working conditions, and so much more in order to illuminate the rich history and current landscape of America’s workforce.
Get a unique perspective with our chart of landmark court cases related to labor and employment law, including links to the full text, synopsis, and explanations of each case’s significance in both labor jurisprudence and history. From state court cases that impacted the entire country, to decisions made in the U.S. Supreme Court, this database covers cases from 1842 to 2018.
In addition to over 10,000 subject-coded titles, our editors have carefully curated hundreds of expertly written scholarly articles on topics like employment protections, labor contracts, collective bargaining, and more, all ranging from 1904 to present and with new articles added each month.
For those looking to further their research, our editors have even selected over 200 highly recommended titles. While full text of these titles is not available in the database, each title is linked to its WorldCat entry to help users locate the book in a nearby library.
Unique to this database is a chart of 24 landmark federal and state court cases related to labor and employment law, each including date and a brief synopsis and linking directly to the original full-text decision.
Browse thousands of books ranging in date from the early 1900s to present day. Find accounts of the Haymarket Riot and other famous labor uprisings, treatises decrying communism, histories of unions, and more.
HeinOnline editors have hand-selected committee prints and congressional hearings that provide insight into the federal government’s stances on the state of labor and employment, as well as nearly 3,000 relevant Congressional Research Service and Government Accountability Office reports.
Legislation & Supreme Court Briefs
This collection includes nearly 200 legislative histories that illustrate the progression of essential labor-related laws, as well as relevant sections of the CFR on labor and employment (CFR Title 20: Employees Benefits, CFR Title 29: Labor and US Code Title 29: Labor) and more than 300 Supreme Court briefs.
Scholarly Articles & Bibliography
Researchers can peruse hundreds of articles selected on employment discrimination, wrongful termination, collective bargaining, how the New Deal shaped labor law, right-to-work laws, labor disputes in major league sports, and more. Additionally, our editors have created a bibliography of other relevant books, including links to WorldCat entries.
Serials & Periodicals
Browse serials and periodicals dedicated to labor and employment matters, including Annual Report of the National Labor Relations Board, Decisions of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Includes Extensive Content on Rail Working Conditions
In light of the environmental and public health disaster in East Palestine, OH, stemming from the recent derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous materials, researchers will find a variety of current and historical content in this database regarding rail workers and railroad working conditions over the past century. Example titles include:
- 4v. Railway Labor Act of 1926: A Legislative History (Michael H. Campbell & Edward C. Brewer III eds.) (1988)
- Rail safety : hearing before the Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, January 13, 1992.
- President Forms Emergency Board to Resolve Rail Labor Dispute (IN11966)
- Employment in Rail Transportation Heads Downhill between November 2018 and December 2020
- Fatigue in the Rail Industry: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session
Subject-Coded Content for Simplified Searching
To help users navigate the content spanning this extensive database, HeinOnline editors have created 18 new subjects:
Labor and Employment LibGuide
This database’s dedicated LibGuide provides researchers with tips for browsing and searching the variety of content within this database, as well as additional resources, subject scope notes, and much more!
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