‘Seek Out the Truth and Have the Courage to Defend It’

Harry Kelber, author of the series of The Labor Educator booklets, has served the labor movement for more than seven decades as a journalist, organizer, educator and constructive critic. For decades, international unions and hundreds of locals and labor councils have used The Labor Educator publications to educate members and the public and to facilitate organizing and political action. The most popular booklets have been "Why Unions Are in Politics," "Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family ," "Por Que Los Sindicatos Son Buenos Para Usted Y Su Familia" and "Belong and Be Strong: The Union Story for Students."

Place your order for these low-cost booklets and help build a more informed and involved membership. Each easy-to-read booklet contains irrefutable facts and useful information that the union-bashers don’t want the public and workers of all professions to know or think about. The booklets are powerful educational and organizational tools that can help those who believe in social and economic justice make their case why America needs a strong, vibrant labor movement.

Each week, The Labor Educator publishes LaborTalk and The World of Labor by Harry Kelber on the Internet and sends them out to subscribers via email. These columns are posted on two web sites: LaborEducator.org and LaborsVoiceForChange.org. For free subscriptions send an email to info@LaborEducator.org with the word "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family — Updated 2010

"It’s just what unions need today. I use this booklet in my organizing work, and I hear enthusiastic comments from union and non-union workers alike."

— Jack McKay, UNITE Organizer.

"A great tool for educating union members who tend to forget (or never knew) what labor leaders of yesteryear fought for, and why".

— Nanci Mulzet, President, IBEW Local 1522

Educate your Local… Refute Labor’s Foes

This hard-hitting, straight-talking booklet has been widely praised as one of the most powerful learning aids any union can provide to members, unorganized workers or the general public at a very reasonable cost. More than 1,000 locals, state labor councils and internationals have ordered large quantities.

Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family equips union members with the knowledge to reach out to unorganized workers who may be unsure, skeptical or even hostile about joining a labor organization.

In its 24 information packed pages, Harry Kelber explains the value of belonging to a union; rebuts the propaganda circulated by corporate mass media and union-busters who bad-mouth the labor movement, and reaches the whole family with a persuasive, pro-union message.

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Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family (Spanish Edition) By Harry Kelber — Updated 2011

"It’s just what unions need today. I use this booklet in my organizing work, and I hear enthusiastic comments from union and non-union workers alike."

— Jack McKay, UNITE Organizer.

"A great tool for educating union members who tend to forget (or never knew) what labor leaders of yesteryear fought for, and why."

— Nanci Mulzet, President, IBEW Local 1522

Educate your Local… Refute Labor’s Foes

This hard-hitting, straight-talking booklet has been widely praised as one of the most powerful learning aids any union can provide to members, unorganized workers or the general public at a very reasonable cost. More than 1,000 locals, state labor councils and internationals have ordered large quantities.

Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family equips union members with the knowledge to reach out to unorganized workers who may be unsure, skeptical or even hostile about joining a labor organization.

In its 24 information packed pages, Harry Kelber explains the value of belonging to a union; rebuts the propaganda circulated by corporate mass media and union-busters who bad-mouth the labor movement, and reaches the whole family with a persuasive, pro-union message.

Download Order Form .PDF


Why Unions Are In Politics By Harry Kelber — Updated 2012 — Currently Out of Stock

"We bought 10,000 copies of the politics booklet. It was very useful in informing our members about union achievements for working families."

— Dan O’Connell, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Heartland Regional Council of Carpenters (past endorsement)

"Very thorough, very clear and easy reading…the best union booklets we have ever seen."

— Sandy Curriero, organizer for Operating Engineers Local 400 (past endorsement)

When your members finish reading this booklet, ask them whether they want to remain on the sidelines, letting Big Business dominate government, or whether they want to join with millions of others to promote the needs of working people.

Unions, through their political struggles, have done more good for America’s working people, non-union as well as union, than any other insitution in the country — and have gotten less credit for it.

This booklet will help unions and their 15.3 million members organize millions more for positive political action. That’s why the Ironworkers Political Action League just ordered 2,000 copies of this new edition and the Washington State Council of Firefighters ordered 500 copies.

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Belong and Be Strong: The Union Story for Students By Harry Kelber — Published, 2007

Most students today can’t conceive of a time when there was massive unemployment, widespread starvation, frequent evictions and foreclosures, and wages slashed by 10, 20 and 30 percent for those "lucky" enough to have jobs. Now you can tell them what unions have done for more than a century to improve the lives of working people and why a strong labor movement is critical today as the country is facing a rapidly diminishing middle class, increasing unemployment and poverty, foreclosures and vicious attacks on labor.

"Belong and Be Strong: The Union Story for Students" will make it a lot easier to organize the new generation of workers by reaching out to them while they are still in school.

This booklet is good reading for everyone, especially for young people of all ages. Help make it available by ordering enough copies to distribute to local middle schools and high schools, colleges and public libraries.

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A New Game Plan for Union Organizing By Harry Kelber

If unions expect to regain their former strength, they must have new organizing strategies. This booklet suggests some fresh ideas, including a plan for unions to utilize a largely neglected asset — their own members — to multiply the number of organizing campaigns and win more of them.

The booklet describes new approaches to organizing whereby the communities where workers live become a valuable ally against an anti-union employer. It shows how organizers can bypass the National Labor Relations Board, which has been biased in favor of employers, to win organizing campaigns and achieve first contracts.

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The Making of Ideal Union Members By Harry Kelber

The Making of Ideal Union Members spells out the high cost of apathy and complacency and tells what it takes to become a role model for rank-and-file responsibility. It encourages members to develop new skills as speakers, writers, teachers, counselors and administrators while performing vital volunteer functions during organizing campaigns, contract negotiations and political mobilizations.

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The ‘Palace Revolution’ That Changed the AFL-CIO By Harry Kelber

"We’re going to spend whatever it takes, work as hard as it takes and stick with it as long as it takes to help American workers win the right to speak for themselves in strong unions. This is what we mean by a ‘New Voice for American Workers.’"

— John J. Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO, at the AFL-CIO 1995 convention

"In the history of the AFL-CIO, there had never been even the slightest hint of opposition to its top leaders…Indeed, the AFL-CIO and its predecessor, the American Federation of Labor operated like a quasi-monarchy." — excerpt from The ‘Palace Revolution’ That Changed the AFL-CIO

What really happened behind the scenes before and during the historic 1995 convention that transformed the AFL-CIO and featured the first contested elections for top offices in its 40-year history?

This eye-opening booklet from The Labor Educator provides the answer and a unique perspective on the future of organized labor. No one is better qualified to explain these events than Harry Kelber, who was both a reporter and a key participant.

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The AFL-CIO Leadership Crisis By Harry Kelber

This booklet, published in 2002, explains why the AFL-CIO’s 54-member Executive Council is assured of automatic re-election, despite its dismal organizing record and its failure to win a single pro-worker law.

Harry Kelber, a respected labor commentator, cites evidence from union sources to show how the AFL-CIO’s "self-perpetuating oligarchy" prevents qualified leaders from state and local labor bodies to run for national office.

On the positive side, Kelber notes that there is a new breed of union leaders arising from the AFL-CIO’s 30,000 locals who are well-informed, articulate and effective spokespersons for labor. However, it’s an open question whether any of them will be able to break through the "glass ceiling" that the Council has created to keep all rivals out.

The booklet is "must" reading for members who want to promote union democracy.

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