Index to Dr.  Kim Scipes' Web Pages

Compiler of Current Labor Issues Bibliography

Last updated:  September 20, 2016



Dr. Scipes has just returned from an awesome trip to Vietnam and the Philippines!



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FOR DR. SCIPES' STUDENTS (click on link to go to Student Section) 

New Book (April 2016) by Dr. Scipes

Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, edited by Kim Scipes, has been published by Haymarket Books in Chicago, and is available at  Amazon lists a release date of July 12, 2016, but the book is available now (early April).  You can read sections of the book now on the Amazon, and can order should you be interested:  this is a book unlike any other to date, and I argue that there is a lot to be learned from it.   It includes chapters by (in alphabetical order) David Bacon, Bruno Dobrusin, Jenny Jungehuelsing, Katherine Nastovski, Timothy Ryan, Kim Scipes and Michael Zweig.

Other Books by Dr. Scipes

AFL-CIO's Secret War on Developing Country Workers:  Solidarity or Sabotage (click on title).

KMU:  Building Genuine Trade Unionism in the Philippines, 1980-1994 (click on title).


Video Presentations by Dr. Scipes

Important Articles by Dr. Scipes

Dr. Scipes has been appointed Research Fellow of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet.

For information about Dr. Scipes' work, including his previous two books, see below.



To Publications by Dr. Kim Scipes. 



Paper on which this talk was based:  "Three Legs of Needed Social Change:  US Empire, US Capitalism and Global Climate Change," published on February 26, 2013, can be found on-line at

Work on US Economy:  Original article (1984) and latest article (2009) of an on-going research project about global economic changes and how they are affecting American workers.  Second article (2009) has some detailed economic data that was all developed BEFORE the Great Recession, so none of the data (unless explicit stated) is a result of the recession.

1984.  "Industrial Policy:  Can It Lead the US Out of Its Economic Malaise?" New Labor Review (Labor Studies Program, San Francisco State University), No. 6, Spring: 27-54.  Updated, in pamphlet form (December).  Link is to pamphlet version--PDF file can be printed..

2009:   "An Alternative Perspective for the Global South--Neoliberal  Economic Policies in the United States:  The Impact of Globalization on a 'Northern' Country." Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 2, No. 1, January-June: 12-47.  Neoliberal Economic Policies for US (2009).pdf.

2014.  "Talking Socialism," Episode 44:  "Poverty in America."  This is a 30 minute audio recording of a talk done for the Executive Committee of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America on September 13.


Previous book by Dr. Kim Scipes, published initially in 2010 in hardcover and then in 2011 in paperback, with details, reviews and links below):

AFL-CIO's secret war against developing country workers : solidarity or sabotage?

AFL-CIO's Secret War against Developing Country Workers: 

Solidarity or Sabotage?

Multiple reviews (with details about the book, including ordering with 20% discount) at:  Solidarity or Sabotage?

Now out in paperback at a greatly reduced price!


Reviews of Scipes' book:

2014.  (March 15.)  "Dr. Lee Artz Interviews Dr. Kim Scipes on Scipes' book, AFL-CIO's Secret War against Developing Country Workers:  Solidarity or Sabotage?"  and current developments in Latin America.  Calumet Perspectives, a student-produced TV show from Purdue University Calument, Hammond, Indiana.  Video on-line at

2013.  (April 21.)  "Kim Scipes (with Marion Pollack, retired member of Canadian Union of Postal Workers) on The Problems of Labor Imperialism." 

Video presentation made for the Socialist Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  On-line at (As of today, over 300 views)

2012.  (March 5).  "Kim Scipes on AFL-CIO's Secret War against Developing Country Workers:  Solidarity or Sabotage?"   57 min.  

Video interview  by Steve Zeltzer of Labor Video Project of San Francisco.  On-line at

As of today, over 5,710 views!  This video interview has been up since April 13, 2012. 

Year 1:  April 13, 2012-April 12, 2013:  1,330 views

Year 2:  April 13, 2013-April 12, 2014:  1,480 views

Year 3:  April 13, 2014-April 12, 2015::  1,894 views


First book by Dr. Kim Scipes KMU:  Building Genuine Trade Unionism in the Philippines, 1980-1994  (1996). Click on title.



April 20, 2007:  Dr. Kim Scipes was named the "Outstanding Full-time Teacher" for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University North Central (PNC) for the 2006-2007 academic year!



Dr. Scipes supports Vince Emanuele's radio program "Veterans Unplugged" from Michigan City, Indiana, USA, initially for US military veterans, but which has expanded to include interviews with some of the most interesting, and critical thinkers in the US (and, lately, including people from around the world):  Interviews are archived and can be listened to by anyone at  (As of September 2013, the format of the radio station was changed and Emanuele's program was dicontinued--but the web site lives on!)



To directly reach Dr. Scipes by e-mail:


For a "brief sketch" of Dr. Scipes' career.


Courses currently being taught and will soon be taught.



STUDENT SECTION:  On-line Bibliographies, Book Review and other paper-related Materials:




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Book Review and other papers-related Materials


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These are papers that students have written for my courses, and who have agreed to do the extra work to prepare them at least somewhat for publication on this web site, beginning in December 2009.  Each has been asked by me for permission to post and each has given specific permission for them to be posted.  They will be organized by course, and then by last name, and will be added as we continue over time:


Sociology of the Environment


Fritz, Gerald.  2009.  "How to Encourage Change:   A Look Into Changing Corporate Perspective."  December 10.



Social Stratification


Caudill, Charles.  2014.  "Child Poverty in Knox, Indiana, and the Great Recession."  Spring 2014.





Brief Sketch:


Kim Scipes, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Purdue University North Central (PNC) in Westville, Indiana, USA.  A former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps (1969-73)  who turned around while on active duty, he specializes on labor, both in the US and internationally.  He is an active member of the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association--and was founding editor of the Section's newsletter, In Critical Solidarity--and an active member of Research Committee 44, Labor Movements, of the International Sociological Association.  In July 2006, he was elected to the Board of RC 44 for the years 2006-2010.  Dr. Scipes is also a member of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, and of the Global and Transnational Section, each of the American Sociological Association.


Dr. Scipes is a long-time labor activist.  He is a former rank and file member of the Graphic Communications International Union, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.  He served as the North American representative of the British-based magazine, International Labour Reports, from 1984-1989.  He volunteered with the Oakland, CA-based Plant Closures Project, fighting plant closures and economic dislocation in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1983-1989, eventually being elected to and serving on the Steering Committee.  He helped organize community support in 1984 for ILWU #10 (International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 10) when longshoremen (dock workers) refused to unload a ship called the Nedloyd Kimberly that had docked in San Francisco, and was carrying cargo to South Africa.  He made six trips to the Philippines between 1986-1994, learning from Filipino workers about their struggles.  Scipes served as the Executive Director of The Calumet Project in Northwest Indiana in 2002-2003, fighting for economic redevelopment of the region as well as fighting against racial oppression and ecological devastation of the region.  In the Summer of 2006, Scipes traveled to Venezuela and South Africa.  In June 2013, he was re-elected Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union, and eventually served two terms (2011-2015) before relinguishing that post.  Dr. Scipes traveled to the Philippines in April-May 2015, participating in the KMU's International Solidarity Affair, and then doing research afterwards on the islands of Mindanao and Negros.



Courses Currently Teaching or Scheduled to be Taught at Purdue University North Central



Fall 2016


Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)

Race & Ethnic Diversity (2 sections) (SOC 310)

The Environment and Social Justice (SOC 404)



Reference lists for courses Scipes teaches at PNC



Dr. Scipes obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Previously to that, he completed a Masters of Arts in Development Studies (1991) at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he completed the Program in Alternative Development Strategies.  He has taught at Purdue North Central since August 2004, initially as a Visiting Professor, then a tenure-track Assistant Professor, and now as a tenured Associate Professor.


Scipes has done a number of things that have enhanced his academic work:  education and work history; research; teaching, publications; and public sociology.  Altogether, he has published three books, one on the militant wing of the Filipino labor movement, one on the foreign policy of the AFL-CIO, and edited a volume of articles on building global labor solidarity; a Ph.D. dissertation (which he hopes to turn into a book someday) that compares unionization in steel and meatpacking in the Chicago area between 1933-55 and how the two unions addressed racial oppression, in the workplace, the union, and the community; and over 200 articles and book reviews, in academic, popular, and union publications, in the United States and around the world. 


Scipes' writings have appeared in a number of places in the US American Journal of Sociology; Chicago Indymedia Center; Class, Race and Corporate Power;; Counterpunch; Critical Sociology; Crossroads:  An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University); Green Social Thought:  A Journal of Synthesis and Regeneration (formerly, Synthesis/Regeneration:  A Journal of Green Social Thought), ideas and action; In Critical Solidarity (ASA Labor & Labor Movements Section Newsletter); Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences; Journal of Urban Affairs; Labor and Working Class History Association Newsletter; Labor History; Labor Notes; Labor Studies Journal; Logos:  A Journal of Modern Society and Culture; Monthly Review; Monthly Review Webzine; New Labor Review (Labor Studies Program, San Francisco State University); The Progressive;  San Francisco Call; Socialist Dialogue:  Monthly Newsletter of the Socialist Potluck (Madison, WI); SSSP Newsletter (Society for the Study of Social Problems); (an educational policy journal in Chicago); The Veteran (Newspaper of Vietnam Veterans Against the War); Third World Traveler; Upside Down World; Workers' Democracy; Working Class Notes:  The Newsletter of the Working-Class Studies Association; Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society; Z Magazine; and ZNet.


Dr. Scipes has given a number of public presentations that have been video-taped and are accessible for free on-line:  March 6, 2012--Labor Video Project (San Francisco) at; February 9, 2013--Open University of the Left (Chicago) at; and April 21, 2013--Socialist Project (Toronto) at .


Scipes' writings have also appeared in a number of journals in ten different countries around the world:  Alternatives:  Turkish Journal of International Relations (Department of International Relations at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey); Canadian Dimension (Canada); Comparative Labour Movements Research Committee (RC44--International Sociological Association) Newsletter (Johannesburg, South Africa); Global Futures Bulletin (Australia); Global Labour Journal (Canada); Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations (Mohandas Gandhi University, Kerala, India); Indicator South Africa:  The Barometer of Social Trends (University of Natal, Durban); International Labour Reports (Manchester, England); Kasarinlan (Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines); LabourNet Germany (Germany); Left History (York University, Toronto, Canada); Newsletter of International Labour Studies (Institute of Labor Education, Research and Information, The Hague, The Netherlands); Solidarity (Solidaridad Publications, Manila, Philippines);  Red Pepper (London, England); Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Department des relations industrielles, Universite Laval (Quebec, Canada); South African Labour Bulletin (South Africa); The Workers' Voice (The Newspaper of the National Federation of Sugar Workers-Food & Allied Trades, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines), Trade Union Studies Journal  (London, England); and Venezuela Analysis (Caracas, Venezuela).


Dr. Scipes has given presentations around the world. He has given papers at various World Congresses of the International Sociological Association (Brisbane, Australia--2002; Durban, South Africa--2006; and Gothenburg, Sweden--2010), and at a mid-term conference of the International Sociological Association (Barcelona, Spain--2008).  He has given papers at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), and the University of Windsor (Canada).  He has made major addresses at the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, Netherlands), the University of the Witswatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), the University of Goetingen (Germany), and the University of the Philippines.  He also has spoken before trade union and labor audiences in Canada, England, Germany, the Philippines, and Sweden.  In August 2016, he gave a keynote speech at the first international conference on "Education and Social Integration" at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Dr. Scipes has also been published in major international sociological encyclopedias. He published an entry on "developing countries" in the 2nd Edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2008), and an entry on "wage labor" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (2008).  He published an entry on "Labour Imperialism" in the Palgrave Encyclopedia on Imperialism and Anti-imperilism (2016), and an entry on "AFL-CIO Foreign Policy," also  published in 2016.


Scipes has created two on-line web pages, that might be of interest, and especially to students--while people are welcome to print either or these or both, be advised that each are over 100 pages long!  The bibliographies have internal bookmarks and are intended to be complex, yet user-friendly.  Anyone is welcome to use either or both bibliographies, and people are encouraged to link to them.  (It would be appreciated if a note stating such were sent to him at  These bibliographies are on-going and updated frequently.


First is an on-line bibliography for a course on Contemporary Labor Issues.  In this bibliography are many of the most current publications on the US Labor Movement today--especially written by labor activists (rank and filers, staffers and leaders) and engaged academics--as well as publications on a growing number of unions and labor movements around the world.


Second is an on-line bibliography for the courses he currently teaches at Purdue North Central:  Racial and Ethnic Diversity (SOC 310), Social Stratification (income inequality--SOC 411), Sociology of Developing Countries in a Globalizing World (SOC 403), Environment and Social Justice (SOC 404), Power, Social Control and the Media (SOC 405), and Social Movements (SOC 406).  He also is adding some general sociological references.






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