| Most wildcat strikes only last a few hours. Occasionally, if the issues are hot enough, a wildcat may last a day, or under rare circumstances, two days. There Ain't No Justice, Just Us tells the story of one that lasted nineteen days, in which a tiny band of workers who are initially racially divided, battle the company, the police, the courts, the media, private security guards, and their own union in search of justice.
Based on an actual wildcat strike that occured in 1979, There Ain't No Justice, Just Us tells the story of a middle-aged college professor, and former seventies radical, who finds himself caught in the web of a mid-life crisis and a decaying marriage. In his search for a more authentic idenity, he winds up leading a wildcat strike in a gritty South Chicago factory. Along the way he encounters a variety of leftists and African-American and Mexican industrial workers who lead genuine, if impoverished, lives.
The wildcat strike becomes the psychological gauntlet through which the characters must pass to achieve personal integration. The professor's quest for internal wholeness leads to a love affair with a radical feminist attorney and activitst. In the end, the professor must choose between authenticity and love, or continuing his sedate, middle-class life.
Ancillary characters, including Cecelia Sanchez, a Mexican-American college student, find themselves drawing psychological strength from the unfolding battle and engaging in their own liberation struggles - in her case, trying to find the inner spirit to move out on her own, away from her patriarchal family.
"This is a book that I would recommend to any open minded reader interested in modern political fiction - one need not agree with Norton to admire the craft and skill with which he delivers his message. Gregory Alan Norton is not a household name and There Ain't No Justice, Just Us is an independently published "underground" book. However, that doesn't change the fact that Norton has managed to pull off what so many more bestselling authors have continually failed to accomplish." - Jeffrey Ellis (from an Amazon.com review)
"There Ain't No Justice, Just Us tells it like it is. This is a hell of a good book." - Bernice Hampton, heroine and co-author of Saving Bernice.
"This book was written by a good union man, a former organizer, street fighter, and labor editor. He's writing about the real problems of industrial workers." - Bob Johnson, former leader of the rank and file group, The Action Committee, and former President of United Steelworkers Local #7495.
"Greg's credentials for writing about workers' lives and our struggles were made clear to me back in June of 1994when I watched the cops arrest him. He was blocking big semis from crossing the Staley workers' picket lines in the "War Zone" in Illinois. - Earl Silbar, co-chair of Staley Workers Solidarity Committee, and former VP of AFSCME Local #3506.
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