The Hidden History of Workplace Resistance: U.S. Autoworkers Speak Out

Toronto — 26 October 2013. Three prominent UAW shop floor activists describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive. Moderated by Tracy Macmaster, President of the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council. Introduction by Sam Gindin. Presentations by: Sean Crawford, great grandfather was Vice Chair of the Flint sit-down strike (1936-37) and great … Watch video »

Toronto — 26 October 2013.

Three prominent UAW shop floor activists describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive.

Moderated by Tracy Macmaster, President of the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council. Introduction by Sam Gindin. Presentations by:

  • Sean Crawford, great grandfather was Vice Chair of the Flint sit-down strike (1936-37) and great grandmother and great aunt were part of the Women’s Emergency Brigade. Hired on as lower-waged (‘second-tier’) worker at GM plant in Flint, Michigan.
  • Scott Houldieson, Electrician at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, writer and editor of the local union paper, long-time activist for union democracy and equality among workers; “Exceed Our Expectations.”
  • Gregg Shotwell, 30 years at General Motors. Machine operator turned rebel. Generally recognized as one of the most articulate voices of the U.S. working class. Author of Autoworkers Under the Gun.

Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.