Daisy Pitkin and Kim Kelly for ON THE LINE

Loyalty can't wait to host Daisy Pitkin and Kim Kelly for On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to the Warrior Met Miners Strike Fund. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Riveting and intimate. It is hard to imagine a more humanizing portrait of the American labor movement. A remarkable debut.” 
—Francisco Cantú, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Becomes a River 

On the Line takes readers inside a bold five-year campaign to bring a union to the dangerous industrial laundry factories of Phoenix, Arizona. Workers here wash hospital, hotel, and restaurant linens and face harsh conditions: routine exposure to biohazardous waste, injuries from surgical tools left in hospital sheets, and burns from overheated machinery. Broken U.S. labor law makes it nearly impossible for them to fight back.

The drive to unionize is led by two women: author Daisy Pitkin, a young labor organizer, who addresses this exhilarating narrative to Alma Gomez García, a second-shift immigrant worker, who risks her livelihood to join the struggle and convinces her fellow workers to take a stand.

Forged in the flames of a grueling legal battle and the company’s vicious anti-union crusade, including the retaliatory firing of Alma, the relationships that grow between Daisy, Alma, and the rest of the factory workers show how a union, at its best, can reach beyond the workplace and form a solidarity so powerful that it can transcend friendship and transform communities. But when political strife divides the union, and her friendship with Alma along with it, Daisy must reflect on her own position of privilege and the complicated nature of union hierarchies and top-down organizing.

Daisy Pitkin looks back to uncover the forgotten roles immigrant women have played in the U.S. labor movement and points the way forward. As we experience one of the largest labor upheavals in decades, On the Line shows how difficult it is to bring about social change, and why we can’t afford to stop trying.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daisy Pitkin has spent more than twenty years as a community and union organizer, working first in support of garment workers around the world, and then for U.S. labor unions organizing industrial laundry workers. Her essays have been awarded the Montana Prize, the DISQUIET Literary Prize, the New Millennium Award, and the Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship. She grew up in rural Ohio and received an MFA from the University of Arizona. Pitkin lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she works as an organizer with an offshoot of the union UNITE. Find her at daisypitkin.net.

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer based in Philadelphia, PA. She has been a labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, the Washington PostThe New York TimesThe BafflerThe NationThe Columbia Journalism Review, and Esquire. She has also worked as a video correspondent for More Perfect Union, The Real News Network, and Means TV. Previously she was the heavy metal editor at VICE’s Noisey, and a leader in the VICE Union. She is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Freelance Journalist Union, an elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 9:00pm
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On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union By Daisy Pitkin Cover Image
$27.95
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ISBN: 9781643750712
Published: Algonquin Books - March 29th, 2022

Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor By Kim Kelly Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781982171056
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 26th, 2022