A selected bibliography of materials in the Wirtz Labor Library Collection
Green (1870-1952) served as President of the American Federation of Labor
from 1924 to 1952 through some of the most tumultuous times in American
history. He was born in Coshocton, Ohio and died there at the age of 79. He
developed an interest in labor issues early in life after leaving school to
work in the coal mines.
Green was a profilic speaker and writer. For more than 28 years he
served as editor of the American Federation of Labor publication, American
Federationist. His differences with John L. Lewis over craft unionism vs.
industrial unionism led to a split in the American Federation of Labor and
spurred the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations by Lewis.
Many of Greens positions on issues such as the five-day work week and the
six-hour a day were controversial but had a lasting impact on the lives of
working men and women.
William Green was inducted into the
Labor Hall of Fame at the
U.S.Department of Labor in 1996, honored for his
life-long contributions to American labor.
The following bibliography contains references to materials in the
Wirtz Labor Library. These works include books, articles, addresses, and
Congressional testimony. The dates span the 1920s to the 1940s.
This bibliography is organized in three main sections: Biographical
materials, materials authored by William Green, and his
Minton, Bruce and Stuart
Men Who Lead Labor
Age Books. New York. 1937. pp. 3-29.
A chapter in a book which contains
leading men in the labor field.
American Labor Leaders
Unger Publishing Co. 1962. pp. 108-135.
A short biography of William Green.
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William Green a Pictorial biography
Inter-Allied Publications. New York. 1952.
This brief biographical
sketch is filled with pictures that capture some of the moments in the labor
leaders life and times.
"Labor's Demand's in Social Security." In
American Association for Social Security, Inc. New
York. April 1927. pp. 178-182.
Mr. Green's statement on the postion that
the administration of any social security plan could best be served through one
agency instead of several. Green also called for the subsidy system to be
Labors part in the alleviation of
unemployment. In the Unemployment Industry Seeks a Solution
compiled by the Presidents Emergency Committee for Employment.
Government Printing Office. Washington, D.C. 1931. pp. 23-27. A radio address
given under the auspices of the Presidents Emergency Committee for
More about Brookwood College.
Statement as President of the American Federation of Labor.
In The Economics of Collective
Bargaining. Charlotte Knight, ed.
Regents of the University of
California. 1950. pp. 88-97.
Part of a series of public lectures held in
Berkeley and Los Angeles under the auspices of the Institute of Industrial
Unemployment during the World
The World Today.
Special supplement to the
Encyclopaedia Britannica. USA. Vol. 1, No. 1, October, 1933. pp. 37-41.
article written to be included in the special supplement to the Britannica.
An introduction address made at the Conference
for Elimination of Waste in Industry.
Central Labor Union and Labor
College. Philadelphia. April 9 and 10, 1927.
We work for the Future.
Federation of Labor. (A.F.of L.) Washington, D.C., 1941.
The goals of organized Labor.
The American Academy of Political and Social Science
1936. pp. 147-153.
Time is on the side of facts.
General Federation of Womens clubs. Official Report, 18th Biennial
Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., May 22- June 5, 1926. pp. 97-101.
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Labors contribution to American
National Advisory Council on Radio in Education.
Labor Series lecture No.1. May 1, 1932 delivered over Columbia
Broadcasting Company radio station. University of Chicago Press. Chicago.
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Labor and Democracy
University Press. Princeton, N.J., 1939.
The Science of Labor Relations.
American Federationist. A.F. of L., Washington, D.C. March 1938.
Address to the officers and members of the University of Wisconsin Alumni
Association. Madison, WI. February 12, 1938.
Labor and National Defense. Rotary
Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia. April 2, 1941.
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A Democratic Institution. A.F. of L.
Washington, D.C. October 1, 1952.
The Superiority of Trade Unions Over
Company Unions. A. F. of L. Washington, D.C. April 13, 1926.
"Company Unions." American Federationist.
A. F. of L. 1926.
A statement on the differences between company
unions and outside unions.
Green, William, Frank Duffy and Matthew Woll.
for Compensation Legislation: Data and Comment. A.F. of L. Washington,
Jewish Labor Committee.
A Tribute to William Green
Jewish Labor Committee. New York, 1951.
A bust was dedicated to
William Green and tributes given for his long work in the labor field. The
tribute was broadcast over the radio.
Social Obligations of Business Industry
A. F. of L. Washington, D.C. 1931.
In this statement,
Mr. Green espouses some of his favorite causes such as the five-day work week
and emphasizes the contributions of trade unions to the quality of life of the
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Labor proposes cooperation.
of L. Washington, D.C. 1930. Address made in Danville, Virginia. June 1930.
A.F. of L.,
Washington, DC. 1926. Address at Princeton University, February 26, 1926.
short treatise on wage theories and economics.
Labor Seeks Life More Abundantly.
A. F. of L. Washington, D.C. September 1926.
Address at the Cathedral
of St. John the Divine, New York, September 6, 1925.
Modern Trade Unionism.
A. F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1925.
An address before the Harvard Union. Mr. Green
discusses the balance that is necessary between labor and industry.
The Right to Work.
A. F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1931.
This is the opening address of Mr. Green before the
1931 convention of the A.F. of L. held in British Columbia.
Problems of Railroad Workers.
A. F. of L. Washington, D.C. 1930.
An address delivered before the Eighth
Convention of the Railway Employees Department of the A. F. of L.
Chicago. April 30, 1930.
Unions Reduce Industrial Waste.
A.F. of L. Washington, D.C. 1925.
An address made in a round table
discussion of industrial waste, April 11, 1925.
A. F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1915.
In debate at the annual dinner of the National
Retail Dry Goods Association, New York, February 10, 1915.
Address to the National Press Club,
Washington, D.C. July 1936.
In this address, Mr. Green tells the National
Press Club that A.F. of L. policies formed in conventions are the laws that
affiliated organizations must follow.
Address to the Maryland State and District
of Columbia Federations of Labor. 32nd Annual Convention. A.F. of L.
Hagerstown, Maryland. May 1937. Remarks made by Mr. Green concerning the
difficulties between the A.F. of L. and the Congress of Industrial
Organizations. He was apparently supported by the Maryland group in this
Labor and Injunctions.
F. of L. Washington, D.C. May 25, 1927.
Address delivered under auspices
of the National Civic Foundation, New York City.
The Five day week
A. F. of L.. Washington, D.C. 1932.
Reprint of an
article originally published in the New York Times, August 28, 1931.
A.F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1938.
A copy of a statement made to the Subcommittee of
the Senate Finance Committee, November 23, 1938.
Analysis of Statements Contained in
Vinson Committees Report Regarding Union Finances.
A.F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1942.
The Union and Human Freedom: The Miners
A.F. of L. Washington, D.C. 1927.
If I were an Industrial
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). New York. Dec.
An address to the 49th Annual meeting of the NAM.
Labor. In A Century of
Progress. Beard, Charles,ed.
Harper & Brothers Publishers. New
York. 1933. pp. 148-170.
Green's contribution is one of authors summarizing
outstanding events and achievements in their respective fields.
The Thirty Hour Week.
A.F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1935.
A proposal made by William Green on the behalf of
organized labor in order to aid in the economic recovery of America.
Wage Freezing Uncalled for: Ceilings on
Wages.The Reference Shelf. Johnson, Julia, comp.
1943. pp. 117-121. Originally printed in Rotarian, 60:17. January 1942,
The Five Day Week.
A.F. of L.
Washington, D.C. 1926?. Reprinted from the North America
Impassioned statement in favor of the five-day work week.
Address at the 33rd Constitutional Convention
of the United Mine Workers of America.
Washington, D.C. 1936.
address contained pointed criticisms of the CIO.
"Labor". In the Congress of American
Industry: Discussions by Leading Authorites.
Congress of American
Industry. Philadelphia. September 7-27, 1926.
A speech given to the
Congress on the subject of organized labor.
Green, William A.F. of L. Washington, D.C. April 1944.
statement before th Post-War Policy and Planning Committee. Mr. Green gives
suggestions on speeding conversion from war-time production to post-war
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Interborough Rapid Transit Company
against William Green, et. al, brief for defendant.
Bureau Press. New York, 1928.
A foreword by William Green.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and
Labor. Conciliation Act of 1941. 77th Congress. First session on S.
683. May, 1941. pp. 114-132.
A statement by William Green concerning S. 683,
on behalf of the American Federation of Labor.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Education and Labor.
Unemployment in the United States. 70th Congress. 2nd Session pursuant to
S. Res. 219. Dec. 1929. pp. 53-68.
This statement by Mr. Green to the
subcommittee, largely discusses the problem of unemployment due to the
replacement of workers by machines.
U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Labor.
Thirty-Hour Week Bill. 73rd Congress. First Session on S. 158 and H.R.
4557. April-May 1933, pg. 61-90.
A formal statement by Mr. Green on the
behalf of the A.F. of L. in support of the 5 day, 6 hour workweek bill.
Questioning by the committee followed the statement.
U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. Post-War Economic Policy
and Planning Committee. Statement before Committee, Washington, D.C. April
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. 80th
Congress. First Session. Statement by William Green, President of the American
Federation of Labor. Washington, D.C., 1947.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Education and Labor. Washington,
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1942.
Statement of William Green,
President, the American Federation of Labor: vol.1, pp.132-141.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Special Committee Investigating the National
Defense Program. Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.
Testimony of William Green, President, American Federation of Labor:
U.S. Congress. Senate. Subcommittee of the Committee on Commerce.
Unemployment in the United States. 71st Congress, 2nd session. ,
March-April 1930. Statement of William Green, President, A.F. of L.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Banking and Currency. National
Stabilization. 80th Congress. 2nd session on S 1873, S 1888, S 1967 and S
2023. January 1948. pg.301-332.
Testimony before the Committee given on
behalf of the National Grain Trade Council.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Education and Labor. National
Labor Relations Board. 74th Congress. 1st session on S. 1958. March 1935.
Statement by Mr. Green to support the Wagner National Labor
U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Labor. Labor
Disputes Act. 74th Congress. 1st session on H.R. 6288. March -April 1935.
U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance. Economic Security
Act. 74th Congress. 1st session on S. 1130. January 1935. pp. 141-186.
Testimony given before the committee in support of the social security
U.S. Congress. House. Select Committee Investigating National
Defense Migration. 77th Congress. 2nd Session. Pursuant to H.R. 113.
February 1942, part 28. pp.10931-10935.
A brief statement by Green on
converting manpower from war-time to post-war producation.