[act-ma] MAY 22: Gregg Shotwell on "Rebuilding a fighting labor movement"

Shaun Joseph snjoseph at gmail.com
Tue May 15 12:32:10 PDT 2012

Drawing the Line: Rebuilding a fighting labor movement
Sponsored by the ISO and Haymarket Books
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 7:30PM
Spontaneous Celebrations
45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston
See map: Google
Featuring Gregg Shotwell author of *Autoworkers Under the Gun*, and John
Moore, treasurer of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU)--the union
for security guards at the Museum of Fine Arts. The MISU is fighting the
MFA's effort to outsource the guards' job and break the union. Also
featuring Akunna Eneh of the Boston Public Library Professional Staff
Association (BPLPSA).
Sponsored by the ISO and Haymarket Books. For more information, email
contact at bostonsocialism.org.
Workers' rights are not defined by law or contract. Workers' rights are
defined by struggle.
Gregg Shotwell’s Live Bait & Ammo newsletter chronicled the outrages and
absurdities of corporate managers, exposed union leaders who acted in
“partnership” with employers, and sounded the alarm about the devastating
effects of auto industry job losses and union concessions. LB&A fliers grew
legs of their own, distributed by rank-and-file workers in auto plants
across the United States and cited by industry analysts. This collection
spans a decade of autoworker resistance—and it’s a call to action for a new
generation of workers coming of age in recession-wracked America
*About the author*
Gregg Shotwell, a machine operator turned rebel writer, worked thirty years
at General Motors. His shopfloor fliers grew legs of their own, distributed
by Rank-and-Filer and cited by auto industry analysts.
“No one has cut through the hypocrisy of what capitalism has done to
American workers with more passion, wit, and insight than Gregg Shotwell.”
—Sam Gindin, former research director, Canadian Auto Workers
“We factory folks are so very lucky to have our own poet laureate and
writer preeminent—Gregg Shotwell.”
—Elly Leary, labor educator and former autoworker, chief negotiator, and
union officer
“Like a barking junkyard dog, Shotwell is there to defend the workers that
the corporations and the unions have forgotten.”
—Justin Z. West, past president and bargaining chairman, UAW Local 2488,
autoworker at Volvo Cars, Gothenburg, Sweden
“He speaks for a large unappreciated reservoir of intelligence, insight,
and guts in the working ranks. Almost invisible, watching the
situation closely, preparing for our day.”
—Larry Christensen, chassis assembler, UAW, retired
“I read your e-mails pretty regular. I know you very well. . . .You’re
done, brother. Shut off the mic.”
—Stephen P. Yokich, UAW president, 1994–2002
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