We have a winner in our Best Labor Book of 2009 poll. By a huge majority it s Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures , edited by Peter L. Schnall, Marnie Dobson, and Ellen Rosskam. Why did this book gain a full 49% of the vote? We will have a full review in the next newsletter, but in the meantime here s a couple of quotes that might help you see where the authors are coming from: The ways in which work is organized... can be as toxic or benign to the health of workers over time as the chemicals they breathe in the workplace air. (quoting Erich Fromm, 50 years ago): ...economy must become the servant for the development of man. Capital must serve labour; things must serve life. As work has changed, so have work-related health risks. There are not many unions or OHS reps who could claim to have kept up with this change. Reading this book can change all that, and help us rethink our model of safety culture for a globalized world. It s that good. --The New Unionism Network
If you are looking for a great Health and Safety gift for a union sister or brother, I recommend the book Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures edited by Peter L. Snall, Marnie Dobson and Ellen Rosskam. I have read the book and enjoyed it immensely. --Ed Watt, Director of Health & Safety for the Transport Workers' Union of America
About the Author
Peter Schnall is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where he directs the program in work organization and cardiovascular disease. He is a recognized expert and active researcher on the role of occupational stress in causing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schnall is also the director of a nonprofit foundation, the Center for Social Epidemiology, based in Venice, California, whose purpose is to educate the public about the health consequences of work stress. <P> Marnie Dobson is a medical sociologist and is currently a research associate at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of California, Irvine, and associate director of the Center for Social Epidemiology in Venice, California. She received her Ph.D. in social science from the Department of Sociology at UC Irvine. Her research interests focus on gender and work, emotional labor, and work organization/psychosocial stressors and mental health outcomes. <P> Ellen Rosskam is a policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, visiting senior fellow at the University of Surrey, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Work Environment Department, and principal at Rosskam International Development Consulting. She is a public health and social protection specialist, and is author of many books and scientific publications. Her latest book is Excess Baggage: Leveling the Load and Changing the Workplace (Baywood, 2007).