The Package King: A Conversation with Joe Allen

Start: 2023-07-15 16:00:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

This is a virtual event

Cover of 'The Package King' by Joe Allen

As we follow the progress of negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UPS, and with the Teamsters' contract expiring at the end of this month, Greater Lafayette DSA invites you to join us July 15th from 4:00-6:00pm for an online educational event featuring Joe Allen. Joe is a former UPS worker, socialist organizer, and author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of UPS.

From Haymarket Books description of The Package King: "[UPS is] the company that we see everyday but know so little about. How did a company that began as a bicycle messenger service in Seattle, Washington become a global behemoth? How did it displace General Motors, the very symbol of American capitalism, to become the largest, private sector, unionized employer in the United States? And, at what cost to its workers and surrounding communities? Will it remain the Package King in the 21st Century or will be dethroned by Amazon?"

This event will be an opportunity to hear Joe's perspective on the history of organizing within the Teamsters, the last strike on UPS in 1997, and what's at stake in the present contract fight. In addition to DSA members, we welcome all members of the Teamsters and community supporters to register for this event.

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