Sorry, but we failed to announce last Friday's (January 31) meeting.
We'll meet next on February 14th to finish Reviving the Strike. Here are the readings:
- Chapter 6 "The System of Labor Control," pp. 115-136
- Chapter 7 "The Principles of Labor Rights," pp. 137-150
- Chapter 8 "Lessons from the Struggle," pp. 151-170
- Chapter 9 "Where Do We Go from Here?," p. 171-187
Please let everyone know what chapter you'd like to summarize, as well as further research of topics mentioned in the chapter.
Next, we'll read Getting the Goods: Ports, Labor, and the Logistics Revolution, starting around Friday, March 1st. We might switch to weekends, so if you're interested in attending either Saturdays or Sundays please get in touch. It's also been suggested combining the reading group with tours of logistics nodes, like we did last year at the Port of Oakland. We could also find other nodes to explore (like the BNSF rail yards in Richmond), then find a cafe nearby to discuss the book. Please make suggestions.
Lastly, on Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. we'll screen China Blue, a documentary filmed in the dorms and shopfloor of a Chinese garment factory that made blue jeans for retailers, like Walmart, and the struggles the mostly young women workers. It will be in Room 302 of the Redstone Building (upstairs from the meeting space). Our intent is to educate ourselves prior to the visit of two Hong Kong dockers, who struck for 40 days last spring, who will do a public event (at place yet to be determined in San Francisco) on the evening of Tuesday, April 8th.