Title: Chris Rhomberg, Author of “The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor”
Location: Pacific Media Workers Guild ~ 433 Natoma St, SF
Description: The Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521 ~ the Newspaper Guild-CWA invite you to a talk by Chris Rhomberg, Associate Professor of Sociology, Fordham University, and author of “The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor”
Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 pm
Pacific Media Workers Guild, Third Floor Conference Room
433 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
What caused the meltdown of the newspaper industry, and what can workers do to gain some control of the conditions in their workplaces? Fordham University professor Chris Rhomberg discusses these and other questions in his book, The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012).
The Broken Table is a must-read for anyone interested in the news business, unions and the workplace, and the impact of growing corporate concentration on the urban public sphere. The landmark 1995 Detroit newspaper strike, one of the longest and largest strikes in the U.S. in the past two decades, pitted newspaper workers and their unions against the two largest newspaper chains at the time, Gannett and Knight Ridder. The effects were felt across the industry, and the companies’ CEO in Detroit during the strike, Frank Vega, later became publisher of The San Francisco Chronicle.
Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award on Labor and Labor Movements from the American Sociological Association, The Broken Table was also named one of the top ten “Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics” for 2012 by the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University
Start Time: 6:00 PM