Monday, May 14, 2012

Tues, 5/22, Jamaica Plain | Veteran union militant Gregg Shotwell on "Rebuilding a fighting labor movement"

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
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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).

Musical performance by Evan Greer (,
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and Haymarket Books. For more information, email
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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