“There’s some tremendous potential in people, in labor people, in working people and in union people… They are very democratic… There’s a tremendous militancy that’s below the surface and that will rise and come up.”
Union organizer, socialist. At 17, became a “colonizer” – an underground union organizer – at a meatpacking plant in Chicago. A leading activist in the United Packinghouse Workers of America, helped negotiate contracts for thousands of workers. Helped organize clerical workers at University of Chicago into Local 743 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 1970s and ’80s. Active member, Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, 1970s. Subject of 1978 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Union Maids.” using the name Stella Nowicki.