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July 20, 2007

Professor Julius Getman reads from his first novel, Strike!, in Maine, July 25

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Professor Julius Getman of The University of Texas School of Law will read from his novel, Strike!, which is set in Maine, at the Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine, on Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

The book reading and discussion is part of the library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series, featuring best-selling authors from Maine and New England as well as from across the nation and world. The program is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the public library’s Rines Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Getman is a nationally recognized expert in labor relations. Strike! is his first novel.

About the book

Strike! is a novel that tells the story of a bitter feud at a Jay, Maine, paper mill. It 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.

About Julius Getman

The novel reflects more than a half century spent by Getman both studying and participating in the labor movement. The son of a garment cutter who entered the labor force at age ten, Getman graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, and then graduated from City University of New York and Harvard Law School.

As a lawyer and labor organizer, Getman has participated in numerous organizing efforts including steelworkers and university employees. Today he advises nurses seeking to unionize and is 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 also served as president and general counsel of the American Association of University Professors.

Getman has held the Earl E. Sheffield Chair in Law at The University of Texas at Austin since 1986. He began his career at Indiana University School of Law and then moved to Stanford. He taught labor law at Yale Law School and at the Yale School of Organization and Management. 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 The University of Texas, called The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century.

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