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September 2016

Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley Workers’ Memorial: 25th Anniversary – September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saucon Valley Acres, 1303 Evergreen Drive and Black River Road
Lower Saucon Township, PA United States
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Events, Friday, September 16 Location: Saucon Valley Acres, 1303 Evergreen Drive & Black River Road, Lower Saucon Township, Bethlehem, PA, free parking. For details see http://palaborhistory.org. Pennsylvania Labor History Society business meeting, 4:00–5:45 p.m. Awards dinner buffet, entertainment, and song, 6:00–8:30/9:00 p.m. Alex Gerger on the accordion, Presentation of awards: George Bonser, SPFPA Local 522 of Sands Casino Bethlehem Security Guards, Mother Jones Labor Leadership Award for recognition of organizing the Casino security guards. Dennis Hower, Brian Taylor, and Daniella…

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Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley Workers’ Memorial: 25th Anniversary – Sept 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 East 4th Street
Bethlehem, PA United States
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Events, Saturday, September 17 Location: St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, free parking across the street from the church. Lectures (free; open to the public), 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Ron Ennis, Postal Workers union on the 1910 strike wave in Lehigh Valley. Carol Henn, on growing up in a steelworker’s family on Bethlehem’s South Side. Frank Behum, United Steelworkers union, work and life on Bethlehem’s South Side. Jill Schennum, on the decline of Bethlehem Steel.…

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October 2016

James Wolfinger, Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation

October 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Fireside Lounge, Albright College Campus Center
Reading, PA United States
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James Wolfinger, Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation (a case study of workers’ resistance in Philadelphia’s mass transit industry)

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James Wolfinger, Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation

October 9, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Transit Workers Local 234 Union Hall, 500 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA United States
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James Wolfinger, Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation: A book talk for today’s working class. In his new book, Running the Rails, labor historian James Wolfinger examines how management used raw violence, race baiting and smear campaigns to control mass transit workers, and how workers organized over several decades to win decent wages and working conditions. Sponsored by Bindlestiff Books and Transit Workers Union Local 234. Free admission, copies of the book will be available for purchase.  

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Book discussion and signing with Eric Chester

October 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Book discussion and signing with Eric Chester, author of The Wobblies in Their Heyday paperback edition just released by Levellers Press). This book argues that the federal government waged all-out war against the IWW because of the effectiveness of its organizing in strategic industries. "Eric Chester's book gives us a much-needed reminder of the government-backed destruction of the most radical working-class organization in U.S. history―an organization whose class-wide organizing across lines of occupation, race, and gender is a potent perspective for the renewed…

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