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Name:  Steven K. Ashby  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Ashby lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steven K. Ashby is a professor at the Chicago Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a PH.D. in U.S. Labor and Working Class history from the University of Chicago. In 1993, he was co-chair of the Staley Workers Solidarity Committee.

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Staley :
ISBN: 0252076400. OCLC Number: 245597295

University of Illinois Press,. .

This history focuses on the bitterly contested labor conflict in the early 1990s at the A.E. Staley corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois, where workers waged one of the most hard-fought struggles in recent labor history. Originally family-owned, A.E. Staley was bought out by the multinational conglomerate Tate and Lyle, which immediately launched a full-scale assault on its union workforce. Allied Industrial Workers Local 837 responded by educating and mobilizing its members, organizing strong support from the religious and black communities, building a national and international solidarity movement, and engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience at the plant gates. This book reveals the workers' innovative tactics, such as work-to-rule and solidarity committees, that inform and strengthen today's labor movement.