Kenny Riley and Black Union Labor Power in the Port of Charleston (Paperback)

Kenny Riley and Black Union Labor Power in the Port of Charleston By Ted Reed, John J. Yurechko Cover Image
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Their ancestors may have been cargo in the slave ships that arrived in Charleston, S.C. Today, the scale has been rebalanced: black longshoremen run the port's cargo operation. They are members of the International Longshoremen's Association, a powerful labor union, and Kenny Riley is the charismatic leader of the Charleston local. Riley combines commitment to the civil rights movement with the practicality to ensure that Charleston remains a principal East Coast port. He emerged on the international stage in 2000, rallying union members worldwide to the defense of "The Charleston Five," longshoremen arrested after a confrontation with police turned violent. This is Riley's story as well as a behind-the-scenes look at organized black labor in a Deep South port.

About the Author

Former Miami Herald reporter, Ted Reed is a business and labor writer. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. John Yurechko is a retired senior government military analyst. He lives in Locust Grove, Virginia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781476677729
ISBN-10: 1476677727
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 213
Language: English