FORUM SERIES: Right to Work

Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM

Sponsored by Catie & Steven Buckingham

Right to Work

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, SWEAT, has a lot to say to Greenville with our history as the Textile Capital of the World and our current position as a manufacturing leader. Come join the conversation as we discuss mill revitalization, the cost of labor unions, the parameters of labor law, and how their presence (and absence) has affected our community.

Panelists include:

John Brown (Retired Labor Organizer) has been “Union Proud!” all of his adult life.  He was actively involved in the labor movement for 32 years having served in the areas of negotiation, arbitration, education, organization, contract enforcement and politics with Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Washington, DC.  He served as one of the Vice-Presidents of that Local, as well.  Prior to joining the staff at Local 400, John was part of the organizing campaign which resulted in his employer at the time, Meijer, Inc., moving from an independent union status to an affiliation with Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU), Local 951.  RCIU later became the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in January, 1980.

In addition to being “Union Proud!”, John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years and is a Vietnam combat veteran.  He and his wife, Carol, have been living in the Greenville area for 4 years having relocated to be near their daughter, Kerrie Seymour, whose name may be familiar to those of you who support the local theater scene and frequent The Warehouse Theatre.

John appreciates being afforded the opportunity to be a part of this forum in keeping with the opening of The Warehouse Theatre’s production of SWEAT.

Chris Corley (Owner, Corley Plumbing Air and Electric) has owned and operated Corley for 32 years providing service, repairs, and replacement to all plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical systems.  Corley employs over 50 professionals in the Upstate.

Kristofer Strasser (Director of Labor Relations, Michelin North America) holds a JD in Law from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Furman University.  He has served as an attorney and Senior Corporate Counsel for Michelin for the last decade.

Moderator for the evening will be Jonathan Parker, Director of City Involvement at Fellowship Greenville.  As always, the Forum is free and open to all.