Solidarity Stories

An Oral History of the ILWU
 
 
University of Washington Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 3. August 2015
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  • 352 Seiten
 
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, born out of the 1934 West Coast maritime and San Francisco general strikes under the charismatic leadership of Harry Bridges, has been known from the start for its strong commitment to democracy, solidarity, and social justice. In this collection of firsthand narratives, union leaders and rank-and-file workers - from the docks of Pacific Coast ports to the fields of Hawaii to bookstores in Portland, Oregon - talk about their lives at work, on the picket line, and in the union.Workers recall the back-breaking, humiliating conditions on the waterfront before they organized, the tense days of the 1934 strike, the challenges posed by mechanization, the struggle against racism and sexism on the job, and their activism in other social and political causes. Their stories testify to the union's impact on the lives of its members and also to its role in larger events, ranging from civil rights battles at home to the fights against fascism and apartheid abroad.Solidarity Stories is a unique contribution to the literature on unions. There is a power and immediacy in the voices of workers that is brilliantly expressed here. Taken together, these voices provide a portrait of a militant, corruption-free, democratic union that can be a model and an inspiration for what a resurgent American labor movement might look like. The book will appeal to students and scholars of labor history, social and economic history, and social change, as well as trade unionists and anyone interested in labor politics and history.
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978-0-295-99792-6 (9780295997926)
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  • Cover
  • SOLIDARITY STORIES
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • CONTENTS
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1 LONGSHORE: THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
  • Harry Bridges: The Beginning of the Union, 1924-1933
  • Harry Bridges: The Coming of the Big Strike, 1933-1934
  • Harry Bridges: Victory in 1934
  • Sam Kagel: Union Advocate, 1934
  • Bill Chester: Civil Rights Leader
  • Cleophas Williams: African American President
  • Whitey Kelm: Red-Hot Union Man
  • Sam Kagel: Coast Arbitrator, 1948-1999
  • Herb Mills: The Asbestos War, 1972-1978
  • 2 LONGSHORE: THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH HARBORS
  • Rough Conditions Before the Union, 1923-1934
  • Conflict and Triumph, 1934
  • The Mexican American Struggle, 1934-1960
  • Walter Williams: Fighter for African American Equality, 1943-1970
  • Two White Guys Oppose Discrimination, 1937-1949
  • Bill Ward: Sixty-five Years with the Union
  • 3 LONGSHORE, SHIPBOARD, AND BOOKSTORES: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND CANADA
  • Marvin Ricks: The 1934 Strike in Portland
  • Union Struggles in North Bend and Coos Bay, Oregon, 1920-1940
  • Valerie Taylor: Auxiliary President, 1949-1973
  • Jerry Tyler: Seattle Activist
  • Phil Lelli: Longtime Tacoma Leader
  • Ike Morrow: Tacoma's Soul Train Engineer
  • Defeat and Victory in Canada, 1935-1966
  • The Inlandboatmen's Union Joins the ILWU, 1978-1987
  • Mary Winzig: The Powell's Books Organizing Drive, 1998-2000
  • 4 WAREHOUSE AND COTTON COMPRESS: CALIFORNIA
  • The "March Inland" in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1934-1938
  • Sam Kagel: Representing the Union, 1934-1939
  • Brother Hackett: Rank-and-File Activist, 1936-1939
  • Billie Roberts Hendricks: Union Pioneer, 1936-1951
  • Making It Work in Southern California, 1936-1950
  • Unionists Fight for Racial Justice, 1942-1960
  • LeRoy King: The Equal Rights Struggle and Labor Politics
  • Cotton Compress in the Central Valley, 1937-1938
  • The ILWU Enters the Valley, 1951-1952
  • 5 AGRICULTURE: HAWAII
  • Carl Damaso: Union Herald, 1930-1940
  • Jack Hall: Islands Organizer, 1934-1951
  • Louis Goldblatt: The ILWU Takes Root, 1943-1946
  • Frank Thompson: Field Organizer, 1944-1946
  • Louis Goldblatt: Cold War Battles, 1947-1960
  • The New Union and the Island of Lanai, 1946-1947
  • Victory at Lanai in 1951
  • Ah Quon McElrath: Union Social Worker
  • Abba Ramos: Filipino Activist, 1946-1959
  • 6 POLITICS: THE OLD LEFT
  • Keith Eickman: Idealism and Disappointment
  • Jack Olsen: Activist and Educator
  • Don Watson: Union Stalwart
  • EPILOGUE: "AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL"
  • Harry Bridges and Bill Moyers: An Old Slogan
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • A Note on Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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