Jonathan Rosenblum Discusses 'Beyond $15' at The Seattle Public Library May 25
release date: 05/18/2017
Author and activist Jonathan Rosenblum will read from and discuss his new book, "Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement," from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715 .
Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage.
"Beyond $15" is the inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement in SeaTac, Washington. But the SeaTac fight didn't begin with wages - the campaign emerged from a coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray. 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" is a blunt assessment of the issues facing today's unions; a blueprint for an all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their voice in the new economy.
Rosenblum has been a labor organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including Sea-Tac Airport campaign director. His writing has been featured in Tikkun, In These Times, and Yes! Magazine. He lives in Seattle.
This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.