[act-ma] TUE 7:30PM- Veteran labor militant Gregg Shotwell on "Rebuilding a fighting labor movement"
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Mon May 21 10:21:47 PDT 2012
DRAWING THE LINE: REBUILDING A FIGHTING LABOR MOVEMENT
Public forum sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and
History bears out that workers' rights are not defined by law or
contract. They are defined by struggle. Join a discussion with veteran
labor militant, Gregg Shotwell, and other union activists about
reviving this spirit within the labor movement today.
TUESDAY, May 22, 7:30PM
45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston
See map: Google Maps
Featuring GREGG SHOTWELL, author of "Autoworkers Under the Gun"
(Haymarket Books) with:
*JOHN MOORE, Treasurer of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU)
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. MISU is fighting the MFA's effort
to outsource the guards' job and break the union.
*AKUNNA ENEH, Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association (BPLPSA).
*Organization affiliations listed for identification purposes only*
For more information about the event, email contact at bostonsocialism.org.
ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER
Gregg Shotwell, a machine operator turned rebel writer, worked thirty
years at General Motors. His shopfloor newsletter, "Live Bait & Ammo,"
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. His body of agitational writing is now
collected in "Autoworkers Under the Gun." This collection spans a
decade of autoworker resistance—and is a call to action for a new
generation of workers coming of age in recession-wracked America.
“No one has cut through the hypocrisy of what capitalism has done to
American workers with more passion, wit, and insight than Gregg
—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
“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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