Based on a series of interviews by Peter Olney of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Womack’s lively, illuminating thoughts are built upon by ten labor organizers and educators, whose responses create a rich dialogue and open space for strategizing about the future of labor.
John Womack Jr., Harvard University,
Author Peter Olney, retired director of organizing for the ILWU
Toby Higbie, Professor, UCLA History and IRLE Director
Moderator: Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, Director, Center for Mexican Studies .
John Womack Jr. is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, emeritus, at Harvard University. He served as chairman of the Department of History, 1982–85, and acting chairman, 1991–92. His publications include Zapata and the Mexican Revolution (1968) and Rebellion in Chiapas (1999).
In Labor Power and Strategy, legendary strategist, historian, and labor organizer John Womack speaks directly to a new generation, providing rational, radical, experience-based perspectives that help target and run smart, strategic, effective campaigns in the working class. Womack lays out a timely plan for identifying chokepoints and taking advantage of supply chain issues in order to seize and build labor power and solidarity. This book is based on a series of interviews with John Womack conducted by by Peter Olney of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the very thoughtful responses by ten labor organizers and educators, whose responses create a rich dialogue and open a space for strategic, achievable change.
Contributors include: Gene Bruskin, Carey Dall, Dan DiMaggio, Katy Fox-Hodess, Bill Fletcher Jr., Jane McAlevey, Jack Metzgar, Joel Ochoa, Melissa Shetler, and Rand Wilson. . Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Latin American Institute, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment