Organizing for the Common Good: Labor Unions & Strikes in America

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: Ballyshannon Fund


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Jessica Salfia (55 Strong) and Lynn Waltz (Hog Wild) discuss their personal experiences with and research into contemporary labor unions and strikes in America, from the 2018 West Virginia teachers’ strike to the world’s largest meatpacking union. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“What compelled West Virginia’s teachers to strike? How did they organize? What were teachers and allies doing during the strike? And how is the West Virginia labor movement celebrating its victory? 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike answers these questions and offers unique, on-the-ground insight into this historic strike. The book includes essays by teachers from around the state, organizing documents, images from the picket lines, and material on the history of the labor movement in West Virginia.”—Belt Publishing

“Lynn Waltz weaves in-depth interviews of key actors and court records with contemporaneous newspaper reporting into a compelling saga of the fourteen-year campaign to unionize the world’s largest meatpacking plant. Hog Wild is a valuable addition to the literature on workers’ struggles for better wages and working conditions in the meatpacking industry.”—Donald D. Stull, co-author of Slaughter-house Blues