When: Saturday Oct 26 – 1pm
Where: Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
The Hidden History of Workplace Resistance U.S. Autoworkers Speak Out
Three prominent uaw shop floor activists describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive.
* At the height of the recent economic crisis auto companies were bailed out while workersâ€™ concessions were accelerated and working conditions made even more brutal.
* Profits are now at record levels again but pressures on workers continue. what are the barriers to fighting back?
* GREGG SHOTWELL: 30 years at General Motors. Machine operator turned rebel. Generally recognized as one of the most articulate voices of the U.S. working class. Author of Autoworkers Under the Gun.
* SCOTT HOLDIESON: Electrician at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, writer and editor of the local union paper, long-time activist for union democracy and equality among workers.
* SEAN CRAWFORD: Great grandfather was Vice Chair of the Flint sit-down strike and great grandmother and great aunt were part of the Womenâ€™s Emergency Brigade. Hired on as lower-waged (â€˜second-tierâ€™) worker at GM.
Intro: Sam Gindin, former Research Director of the (former) CAW
Sponsors: Greater Toronto Workersâ€™ Assembly www.workersassembly.ca, Centre for Social Justice.
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