Serf's Journal, A

Serf's Journal, A

The Story of the United States' Longest Wildcat Strike

The Story of the United States' Longest Wildcat Strike.


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Recalling the JeffBoat incident of 2001, A Serf's Journal is Terry Tapp's formidable first-hand account of American workers in Jeffersonville, Indiana, as they fought a multinational company and their corrupt union to stage the longest wildcat strike in US history.

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Every day, millions of people grind their way through miserable work. And every day, a few of them decide the status quo cannot stand - they have to fight back. Very few of either of those stories ever get told, particularly by the heroic people who lived them. Terry Tapp does both in a tale of unbelievably miserable, dangerous work and courageous, fed-up workers up against incredibly tall odds. Anyone who has worked a terrible job should read it. Anyone who has dreamed about fighting back should study it. ~ Micah Uetricht, Jacobin Magazine

Felix Guattari once wrote that ‘it is not only species that are becoming extinct but also the words, phrases and gestures of human solidarity.’ Tapp’s journal/memoir, an exploration of a single workers strike in the age of surveillance and the police state, helps us work against this disaster perceived by Guattari years ago. A Serf’s Journal is a powerful and much needed overdue call for solidarity today. ~ Alfie Bown, Hong Kong Review of Books

Working dangerous jobs in an unsafe shipyard, Terry Tapp was up against oppressive company management, a corrupt union in cahoots with the company and the everyday struggle to survive on inadequate pay. But rather than be in competition with one another, he and his co-workers learn to instead cooperate with each other and even win some battles. He tells this story of working people learning to fight back with the soul of a poet and an ability to connect individual struggles with the far larger economic forces that are making life so miserable for so many. ~ Pete Dolack, author of It's Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment

This is a fascinating narrative of what it's like to work as a genuine, authentic worker producing real goods in a physical dimension. Someday this book may be viewed as long-gone nostalgia, but perhaps not! Read And Enjoy... ~ V. Vale, founder of Search & Destroy and RE/Search, Research Publications

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Tapp
Terry Tapp Terry Tapp is an artist and writer living in New York City. Originally from Central Appalachia, Terry spent many years working trade jobs, w...
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