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Overview of Labor & Industry Issues
This page provides tips and resources for finding information about the history of labor organizing in the garment and textile industry, current labor issues and unions, human rights, and government oversight to protect workers in this industry.
The books listed here represent only a selection of the library holdings. For additional items, use the subject terms on this page to search the library catalog by subject.
Searching by Subject Heading
To search for books by subject, go to the library catalog.
Use the Library of Congress Subject Headings below to locate items related to working conditions and labor issues in the fashion industry through searching the catalog by subject:
Clothing trade--Environmental aspects
Selected History Titles
The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650-2000 by
Call Number: (RH) Stacks HD8039.C6 A74 2010
Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2010.
Holding up More Than Half the Sky : Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City, 1948-92 by
University of Illinois Press, 2001
Call number [RH Stacks] D6073.C6 U533 2001
The Material Atlantic : Clothing, Commerce, and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650-1800 by
Call Number: (RH) Stacks GT601 .D86 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, .
Digital Collections & Archives
Current Labor & Industry Issues
Use the following resources to find articles about labor issues in the fashion industry. See the Articles & Databases tab for more options.
Features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data.
Business Source Complete
Full text for thousands of journals and other sources. Covers business, economics, management, accounting, etc.
Government Oversight Resources
Use this portal to search for items published by the Government Printing Office (GPO) relating to labor issues in the fashion industry.
International Labor Organization (ILO)
Brings together governments, employers and workers from UN member states to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all. Link covers the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sector including reports, tools, projects, upcoming events, and more.
Unions For Garment Workers
Represents members in the U.S. and Canada producing men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hats, carpets and other soft goods for homes and cars. Page offers links to industry-specific news.
An affiliate of SEIU representing members across the United States and Canada manufacturing and distributing a wide array of goods including clothing.
IndustriALL Global Union
Represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors. Link provides reports and news from the section covering the textile and garment industry.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
Website for the legally-binding agreement between global brands, the IndustriALL Global Union, the UNI Global Union, and eight of their Bangladeshi affiliated unions to work towards a safe and healthy garment and textile industry in Bangladesh.
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