Sunday, Jan. 21: Chicago Solidarity Benefit - Film Screening for Conn-Selmer UAW Elkhart Strikers

Posted by Mitchell - January 18, 2007 (entry 515)

When: Sunday January 21, 2007 - 2:00 PM
Where: ACME Artworks
1741 N. Western Ave.- Chicago

"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living" - Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

Join Conn-Selmer UAW striking workers and Chicago labor activists for a solidarity benefit

For 9 months, 230 union musician instrument makers of UAW Local 364 at the Conn-Selmer Vincent Bach plant in Elkhart, Indiana have been on strike. [ video ] This is the longest ongoing strike in the United States. The company which owns this plant, Steinway Musical Inc was taken over by Dana Messina and other speculators who got their "training" under stock manipulator Michael Milken. They have sought to destroy the health care and pension rights of the workers and drive out those workers who were over 50 years of age. In an effort to break the strike, 120 scabs have been brought into the plant and management has obtained injunctions severely limiting picketing by striking workers.

On Sunday, January 21, striking Conn-Selmer Elkhart workers will be in Chicago to appeal for labor solidarity and help screen a new film by labor historian Rose Feurer, "Mother Jones - The Most Dangerous Woman in America"

Benefit MC: Joe Berry, labor educator, University of Illinois Chicago Labor Education Program (affiliation noted for identification only)

When: Sunday January 21, 2007 - 2:00 PM
Where: ACME Artworks - 1741 N. Western Ave.- Chicago

Donation: $3.00 - $10.00 - Please bring food if you can for the Food Bank

  • If you are unable to come but would like to make contribution to the food bank, send your donation to:
    Food 4 Strikers
    58558 Ardmore Dr.
    Elkhart, IN 46517

    Download a PDF black and white flyer
    Download a PDF color flyer

  • For more information about the benefit and screening, please contact Chris Kaihatsu at or

    Sponsored by: Chicago Support Committee For Conn-Selmer UAW Elkhart Strikers, Labor Beat, Chicago Independent Media Center, Chicago Media Action

    Related Stories: Unions show picket-line kindness to Bach workers | Conn-Selmer bid for S.B. instrument retailer irks union - South Bend Tribune

    Related Resources: Future of the Union - a UAW Rank-n-File Publication | San Francisco Labor Council Resolution to Support UAW Local 364 Vincent Bach Steinway Strikers (PDF)

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