What: Professor Julius Getman will sign copies of
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Austin Music Hall (Armadillo Christmas Bazaar)
AUSTIN, Texas—Strike! tells the story of a bitter feud at a Maine paper mill. Penned by professor Julius Getman of The University of Texas School of Law, the novel conveys the pain and frustration of workers who are asked to sacrifice as their jobs become more physically dangerous, their salaries less adequate, and their management richer.
Professor Getman will sign copies of Strike! (Plainview Press, 2007) on the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar stage on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., located in the Austin Music Hall. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a long-time Austin festival that supports hundreds of artists. The festival originally started at the famous Armadillo World Headquarters.
Getman is a nationally recognized expert in labor relations. Recently, he was quoted in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post regarding the recent victory of janitors' strike in Houston.
The novel has already received attention from unions, labor lawyers, and scholars. It will be discussed by a UT Humanities seminar and by lawyers at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.
"Strike! takes the reader deep inside a community that both comes together and divides over a dramatic labor strike," said Cynthia Estlund, a New York University law professor. "We see strategizing and second-guessing, romance and resentment, solidarity and tragedy, all from the divergent perspectives of engaging and well-drawn characters," Estlund said.
The novel reflects more than a half century spent by Getman both studying and participating in the labor movement. As the son of a garment cutter who entered the labor force at age 10, Getman graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, and then graduated from CUNY and Harvard Law School.
As a lawyer and labor organizer, Getman has worked with numerous organizing efforts including with the steelworkers, university labor force, and today is advising nurses seeking to unionize. He is also a press contact for the Service Employees International Union. Getman has been a mediator, an arbitrator, and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He served as president and general counsel of the American Association of University Professors.
He has taught labor law at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Organization and Management. He began his career at Indiana University School of Law and then moved to Stanford. He has held the Earl E Sheffield Chair in Law at UT-Austin since 1986. He also teaches law and literature.
Getman's previous books include The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements (Cornell, 1998) and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education, winner of the 1993 Violet Crown Award. In addition, Getman is co-author of both Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1976) and Labor Relations: The Basic Processes, Law and Practice (Foundation, 1988). He edited a book of essays in 2004 with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT, called The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century.
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