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Author Jonathan Rosenblum discusses 'Beyond $15' Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Author Jonathan Rosenblum discusses 'Beyond $15'
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCapitol Hill Branch
Room LocationMeeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin Seattle author/ activist Jonathan Rosenblum for a reading and fishbowl style discussion with Rev. Mike Denton, organizer Ahmed Abdi and friends..
DescriptionThe inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement in SeaTac, Washington…gained national recognition as the first successful $15 minimum wage battleground. But what most people don't know is that the SeaTac fight didn't begin with wages. The campaign emerged from an unlikely coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray. When unions stood in solidarity with Somali immigrants in a conflict with their employer over prayer breaks, something remarkable happened. From this skirmish a powerful coalition of immigrant workers, clergy, and unions emerged to force a dramatic showdown with the airlines and political establishment. At stake was not just money but justice: whether the airport economy would serve the needs of everyone who made it work.

Driven by captivating narrative and insightful analysis, Jonathan Rosenblum's book reveals the inside story of SeaTac: airport workers and clergy staging face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders; the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce; and the internal tensions that nearly destroyed the coalition. "Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement," is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today's unions; a blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy".
View in Catalog"Beyond $15" by Jonathan Rosenblum
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Contact InfoCapitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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