[sixties-l] Passing of Stan Weir

From: radtimes (resist@best.com)
Date: Wed Sep 05 2001 - 15:25:30 EDT

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    Gabe Gabrielsky <scottshuster@msn.com> sent the following to H-LABOR:

    Subscribers to this list should be aware of the passing of Stan Weir, a
    life long rank and file labor activist, independent socialist and labor
    educator. Stan first gained public notoriety in the 1960's as a leader of
    the "B" men in the ILWU for full union citizenship and an activist in the
    struggle against containerization. Support for his struggle was taken up
    by leading anti-Bridges intellectuals on the East Coast including Norman
    Thomas, Michael Harrington, Bayard Rustin, Harvey Swados and James
    Baldwin. His essay "The New Era of Labor Revolt" was first presented as a
    talk during the period of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. It was later
    collected in several different books on the sociology of labor. In it
    Stan reviewed the working class struggles of the 1960's and particularly
    the displacement of several International Union presidents, events that
    went largely unnoticed among the middle class and the mainstream press.

    Stan was, at various times a member of the Seaman's Union of the Pacific,
    the UAW, the Teamsters, the AFT and the ILWU. His oral autobiography is
    included in the first edition of Staughton Lynd's book, the Rank and File.
    A long time left socialist and labor educator, at the time of his passing
    Stan was on the editorial boards of at least three journals: Impact,
    Against the Current and Radical America. He also contributed regularly to
    New Politics and Labor Notes and occasionally to the publications of the
    AUD. In the 1970's with Robert Miles he organized Single Jack Press which
    published a series of pamphlet-sized pieces of fiction and nonfiction by
    working people about the world of work consciously modeled on the
    Haldeman-Julius series published earlier in the century. The most popular
    was "Labor Law for the Rand and Filer," by Staughton Lynd, which is still
    in print through Charles Kerr Publishers.

    Stan was my political mentor, but much more. I often went to him for
    personal advice and considered him almost a second father. He did
    pioneering theoretical work in the sociology of work, particularly around
    the conception of the primary (informal) work group. A collection of his
    essays edited by George Lipsitz is due for publication by the University
    of Minnesota Press very shortly. I would be most interested in
    corresponding with people on this list about their recollections of Stan
    as well as perhaps working to put together some sort of memorial get
    together on the east coast dedicated to him.

    Gabe Gabrielsky, Atlantic City, NJ

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