The Watsonville Canning strike, 1985-87: history, lessons, current implications

Host/Sponsor: 
Peter Shapiro
Room: 
1.127
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
Discussion of the successful strike by 1,000 mainly Mexicana workers at the largest plant in what was, at the time, the "frozen food capital of the world." Song of the Stubborn One Thousand, Peter Shapiro's recently published history of the strike, serves as a point of departure for a discussion of the strike's implications today, including the importance of worker self-organization (a key element of the strike's success) and the need for a global strategy in labor struggles (the domestic frozen food industry would become a casualty of NAFTA after the strike).
Reading List: 
Peter Shapiro, Song of the Stubborn One Thousand (Haymarket 2016), Frank Bardacke, "Watsonville: How the Strikers Won, The Year Left (Verso 1987)
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Peter
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Shapiro
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Retired letter carrier, former officer in NALC Branch 82. Edited the B-Mike, the branch publication, for six years. Author of Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: the Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Jeffery
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Hermanson
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Former Director of Global Strategies, Workers United; former Organizing Director, ILGWU
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Gene
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Carroll
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
The Worker Institue, Cornell ILR
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Lucia
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Gomez
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
LIUNA Local 78 Latino Caucus
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Peter
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Shapiro

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