Labor Under Siege

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Mon, 01/09/2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Laurie Mercier talks to Harvey Schwartz about his new book about the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Labor Under Siege: An Oral History of Big Bob McEllrath and the ILWU’s Fight for Organized Labor in an Anti-union Era.  Schwartz  is curator of the Oral History Collection at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) library in San Francisco and the author of a number of books about working people, including Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral HistorySolidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU; and The March Inland: Origins of the ILWU Warehouse Division, 1934-1938. Mercier and Schwartz discuss how strategies employed by the ILWU to survive and thrive during the anti-union era of the late 20th and early 21st centuries offer lessons to today’s resurgent labor movement.

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