Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: The author lives in Oak Park. Biography: C. J. Hawking is pastor of Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park and is executive director of the faith-based workers' rights group Chicago Arise.
ISBN: 0252034376 OCLC: 245597295 University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©2009. 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.