The Regulator welcomes union organizer and author Phil Cohen who will talk about his new book, The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace, that describes an organizing campaign in a textile mill in west Tennessee in 1989.
In the spring of 1989, union organizer Phil Cohen journeyed to Jackson, Tennessee, to sort out the troubled situation at a historic cotton mill as a representative of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. In the tumultuous months ahead, he would come to fear for his life and consider desperate measures to salvage the union’s cause. A compelling, dramatic story that alternated between major triumphs and frustrating setbacks, The Jackson Project provides a rare look at the labor movement in the American South from an insider’s perspective.
Phil Cohen left home at sixteen, managed a skid-row hotel and drove taxis in New York City before moving to Chapel Hill, where he became a union activist while working as a municipal bus driver. In 1988 he joined the staff of ACTWU (now known as Workers United), from which he has since retired. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he has recorded four albums with vocalist Patricia Ford.
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