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Author Robinson, Cyril D.

Title Marching with Dr. King : Ralph Helstein and the United Packinghouse Workers of America / Cyril Robinson.

Imprint Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Rosen  331.881649 H369Br 2011    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xii, 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- 1: Early years -- 2: Origin of the UPWA; Helstein taking the helm -- 3: Jewish leadership in the union -- 4: 1948 strike and its aftermath and women workers' advancement -- 5: Helstein under fire and the anti-red period -- 6: Organizing Puerto Rican workers -- 7: Automation, women's movement, and Helstein's extra-union activities -- 8: Merger with the amalgamated, highlander, economic benefits of unionization, and the revolt against Helstein -- 9: Retirement, summing up, Helstein's death and memorial, and post-UPWA history -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Overview: In 1946, Ralph Helstein was the general counsel for the United Packinghouse Workers Union (UPWA), which had become a predominantly black worker organization. At the time there was a divisive left-right split in the union. As the only individual both sides trusted, Helstein was elected president of the union, thus beginning an era of positive change for the UPWA and its workers. Beyond Helstein's efforts for the UPWA, Marching with Dr. King: Ralph Helstein and the United Packinghouse Workers of America also examines the involvement of Helstein in the civil rights movement, his personal association with Martin Luther King, Jr., and how his actions as union president championed the rights of African Americans, women, and even an immigrant group outside the United States-the sugar workers in Puerto Rico. This text presents a unique perspective on the life of a labor leader, revealing the connection between Helstein's religious and philosophical ideas with his leadership of the UPWA union.
Subject Helstein, Ralph.
Labor leaders -- United States -- Biography.
United Packinghouse Workers of America -- History.
Packing-house workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History.
Helstein, Ralph. (OCoLC)fst00197231
United Packinghouse Workers of America. (OCoLC)fst00521150
Labor leaders. (OCoLC)fst00990029
Packing-house workers -- Labor unions. (OCoLC)fst01050252
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780313384189 (hard copy : alk. paper)
0313384185 (hard copy : alk. paper)
9780313384196 (ebook)
0313384193 (ebook)

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