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Book Talk: “Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years” with author Mike Stout

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Free Zoom Event! Register HERE!

The Battle of Homestead Foundation proudly presents an evening with Pittsburgh author, singer/songwriter, ex-steelworker and lifelong community activist Mike Stout. Mike’s new book is “Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years: USWA Local 1397 and the Fight for Union Democracy”, just published by PM Press .

The book is a powerful insider’s portrait of the waning days of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works (1977- 1987) and the valiant efforts by Local 1397 to turn back deindustrialization and capital flight to save a community and its culture. Profusely illustrated with dozens of photographs, Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years is labor history at its best, providing a vivid account of how ordinary workers can radicalize and re-energize their unions.

The evening will include recordings of several of Mike’s original labor songs and Mike’s prescription for moving forward politically in our time.


More details and how to order your copy at 40% Off! HERE

Free Zoom Event! Register HERE!

REVIEWS of Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years

“MIKE STOUT’S WELL-CONSTRUCTED and splendidly illustrated memoir is about a special place and time, but it also serves as a window on a social insurgency that can provide inspiration for future social progress.” — Charles McCollester, former professor of labor history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This book should be read by activists in workplace situations all over the United States, not just as a stirring story but as a manual in response to the question, what is to be done?

The Homestead struggle demonstrated that imaginative and aggressive use of contract language can result in substantial monetary compensation for workers who are displaced.

The spirit of solidarity so abundantly displayed in Local 1397’s struggle is what the rank-and-file labor movement – as well as the broader Movement to change the larger society — is all about.

Staughton Lynd – Attorney, labor organizer, and author of over a dozen books including Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

“UNFOLDING IN THE PAGES of Mike Stout’s new political memoir is the radical history of a people too commonly believed to have none. It is a story of the built world, of some of the men and women who made it, and who, in one extraordinary moment in time, strove not just to halt their own unmaking
but to dream something different and beautiful.” — JoAnn Wypijewski, Counterpunch

“IF YOU WANT to know why a book about a union democracy movement at a long-dormant steel mill has relevance to your life today, Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years will provide plenty of answers.” — L.E. McCullough, South Pittsburgh Reporter


Mike Stout has spent the last half century as a committed antiwar, union and community organizer and served as the last Grievance Chair for Local 1397 Union at the U.S. Steel Homestead Works. He is president of the Allegheny County chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the oldest environmental conservation organization in the United States. An acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist with 18 albums and more than 150 songs written and recorded, Mike has used his music to raise tens of thousands of dollars for a host of social and economic justice causes. His new book, Homestead Steel Mill, the Final Ten Years, is an invaluable inside look at the union democracy movement.



Free Zoom Event! Register HERE!


Wednesday, October 14, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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