skashby

My blogs

About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Professor, Chicago Labor Education Program, University of Illinois
Location Oak Park, Illinois
Introduction Steven K. Ashby was a union activist in the early 1980s at American Maize, similar to A.E. Staley's Decatur plant, in Hammond, Indiana. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. labor and working class history from the University of Chicago in 1993. In the 1990s he led a labor-community-religious coalition, the Calumet Project, in Northwest Indiana that advocated for workers' rights, and was co-chair of the Chicago Staley Workers Solidarity Committee. A labor educator since 1998, Ashby teaches classes for unionists, and coordinates and teaches in an online Global Labor Studies credit program, with the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. See www.illinoislabored.org C. J. Hawking is a United Methodist pastor and the executive director of the faith-based workers' rights group Arise Chicago. In 1994 she moved to Decatur, Illinois for seven months to volunteer full-time with the Staley workers. Hawking has a 15-year history in faith-labor organizing. She is a visiting lecturer in labor and social movements and the Harry F. Ward Social Justice pastor at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, IL. See www.arisechicago.org
Favorite Movies Grapes of Wrath, Norma Rae, Matewan, Bread and Roses