Forty Years in the Labor Movement

On Thursday, February 21st, labor activist Peter Van Delft spoke on the dire situation of the labor movement and how it can recover. Peter Van Delft is a long-time labor activist and a third-generation socialist, Peter Van Delft has spent more than forty years in the labor movement. Following World War II he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in Anthropology and where he was involved in activities leading to increased admissions and support for low income and students of color. Until his retirement Peter was a Vice President of New York based, 30,000 member, District 65. Earlier, he had been a member of the National Maritime Union and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement as a member of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and organized union sponsored Freedom Rides in which more than 150 members participated. This event was held at Encentro Cinco in downtown Boston and co-sponsored by the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series.