Welcome to the Pennsylvania Labor History Society Website

We are currently working on developing a new website which should be up and running in the spring of 2016

Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Labor History Society (PLHS) focuses on documenting and commemorating the history of workingwomen and workingmen and their labor struggles in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PLHS members are volunteers, including steelworkers, coal miners, postal workers, schoolteachers, social workers, factory operators, office workers, textile workers, hotel and motel workers, and students, all of whom share a love of labor history.

Latest Book Reviews


Blood Mud

The Pittsburgh Novel

Blood Mud

A Novel by K. C. Constantine [pseudonym of Carl Constantine Kosak] (1934— ).

New York: The Mysterious Press of Warner Books, 1999. 375 pages.
Blood Mud is the 15th case in the largest and best-known series of Western Pennsylvania police procedurals: the Mario Balzic Detective Novels (aka the Rocksburg Mysteries). Over 30 years, 17 titles were published...Read More »

John Hoerr

As a journalist and novelist, John Hoerr has written mainly about labor, industry, and politics in contemporary history. His best-known book, And the Wolf Finally Came: the Decline of the American Steel Industry (1988), is the definitive account of labor-management struggles preceding the near-extinction of American steel as well...Read More »

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Upcoming Events


Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley Workers’ Memorial: 25th Anniversary

June 28, 2016,

Dear colleagues,

This year the Pennsylvania Labor History Society has an exciting annual labor history commemoration scheduled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on September 16 and 17. The Society joins the Steelworkers’ Archives to remember the history of workers at Bethlehem Steel and Lehigh Valley generally. This year’s theme, Bethlehem Steel...Read More »

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Two early volumes of the PLHS Journal now available

Vol. 1 Numbers one and two from 1974 and 1975 respectively are now available for free download by PLHS members. Both volumes can be purchased by non-members on the shop page. Dating back to the mid-1970s these publications have historical significance of their own.

Vol. 1, No. 1 November 1974...Read More »

School of Labor and Employment Relations

Slide show commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University (2002)

View Slides here

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