The labor movement has always been a part of my life.
I was born and raised in Michigan where the United Auto Workers were frequently in the spotlight and
when I moved to Chicago, I joined a union called the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
I.A.T.S.E. made it possible for me to be a cameraman in the film industry, and I was a proud member of the
International Cinematographer’s Guild local 600 for almost 20 years.
But to me, the American auto workers who built the cars below – they were a special breed of union worker.
“Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like
Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.”