TUCSON, Ariz. - When activists here launched Salt of the Earth Labor College in 1993 they didn't know exactly what to expect.
Gebre's first attempt at union organizing in Orange County was a smashing success. He successfully signed up 400 workers who toiled as sorters of trash.
The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.
Union organizer and strike leader, spellbinding orator, founder of the Socialist Party of America, five times a candidate for president, Eugene Debs was all that and more.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, July is LaborFest month - a cornucopia of film, video, tours, art, music, theater, panels, workshops and more, delving into the many issues and struggles of today's workers and those of earlier generations, at home and around the world.