Labor Activist and Author Steve Early to Speak on:
Contract Bargaining in Tough Times:
Lessons from the Recent Past
Several important labor battles have developed in the last year in the Capital District of New York. A strike for union recognition at the Holiday Inn Express by workers seeking to join Workers United Local 471 carried on over most of 2009. A drastic mid-contract wage cut for the workers employed at Momentive Applied Materials in January 2009 now goes to the National Labor Relations Board in April. The contract in place at Momentive will expire in June 2010 and negotiations will begin shortly.
The union representing the Momentive workers, IUE/CWA local 81359, and the Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, have invited author and former union representative Steve Early to discuss ways to respond to the crisis situation facing organized labor in the Capital District and beyond.
After Steve Early’s presentation, a discussion concerning how the Capital District progressive community can strategically and effectively assist in upcoming labor struggles will occur.
About Steve Early:
Steve Early was a Boston-based international representative or organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years. Prior to working for CWA, he served as a headquarters staffer for the United Mine Workers and staff attorney and newspaper editor for the Professional Drivers Council (merged in 1979 into Teamsters for a Democratic Union).
As a free-lance labor journalist, he has written for The Nation, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, and various other publications.
A collection of Early’s “participatory labor journalism” was published in May 2009, by Monthly Review Press. It’s called Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home.