Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism

February 20th, 2014

Labor Archives and Research Center’s 28th Anniversary Program

Friday February 28th at 6:30pm

Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism: District 65 and the fight for economic equality for low wage workers in the 1930s-1950s

Guest Speaker: Lisa Phillips, Indiana State University

Organizing update by Jobs with Justice

Music by Vukani Mawethu Choir

Location: ILWU, Ship Clerk’s Local 34, 4 Berry Street (at 2nd and King) on the Embarcadero next to Giant’s Stadium

Light refreshments at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm

Historian Lisa Phillips will discuss her new book, A Renegade Union – Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism which explores the story of New York’s District 65 union. Dedicated to organizing workers from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, many of whom were considered “unorganizable” by other unions, the progressive New York City–based labor union District 65 counted among its 30,000 members retail clerks, office workers, warehouse workers, and wholesale workers. In this book, Lisa Phillips presents a distinctive study of District 65 and its efforts to secure economic equality for minority workers in sales and processing jobs in small, low-end shops and warehouses throughout the city. Phillips shows how organizers fought tirelessly to achieve better hours and higher wages for “unskilled,” unrepresented workers and to destigmatize the kind of work they performed.

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