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Paid employees An utterly compassionate and confident woman she sparkled with excitement and mystery Her intelligence and passion were formidable She lived easily in a world of comfort and high culture as well as that of the streets the workplace and the tough male dominated union halls Regina V Polk was a Teamster A warrior A champion A humanitarian And the most remarkable American labor leader you haven't heard of until n. Ugh This book itself barely deserves three stars It isn t that well written and it s way too starry eyed even about the negative aspects of this woman s life and the negative aspects of her personality But Regina Polk s life deserves five stars Six Ten So this gets a fourI have some entries up at my book blog about this book and I have planned so I ll be updating the tag but for my review here on GoodReads I wanted to do a write up on the lessons that can be learned from the remarkable Regina Polk LESSONS LEARNED FROM REGINA POLK 1 Be sincere and genuine That was what drew people to Regina in the first place She cared about them and their struggles and their families and their prospects and their stories2 Be confident Regina was always confident When she transferred to a new school she marched in shoulders back and straight smiling and waited for the teacher to seat her Her classmates mentioned that she wasn t stick thin but in that moment everyone thought she was a knock out I found the stick thin comment problematic but whatever3 Be humble I m iffy on this one because she didn t like praise as a youngster or even as she got older but she always said that what she wanted was to walk into a restaurant with Ray Hamilton and for someone to be like who is that and someone else to be like omg that s Regina Polk she s a Teamster and the greatest woman in the history of the labor movement4 Build others up She did this often made people feel good about themselves That s just a smart networking strategy really And it inspires loyalty which she needed5 Share stories This was of a tactic She shared the stories of workers with other workers so they could sense some kind of commonality and shared bond etc It worked very well6 Don t talk too much about yourself 7 Listen to others8 Don t genuflect but don t be disrespectful This is cheating this is something that can be learned from her husband Tom Heagy9 Be articulate and intelligent She was a great writer and knew a hell of a lot about the labor movement and her idol Hoffa It s my goal to be just as well read and informed10 Loyalty She was very loyal to folks It inspired loyalty in return11 Accessibility She d sit in the uad at U of C when she was trying to organize the hospital s clerical workers and then when the university threw her a curveball ALL the workers She d often be called out late at night to talk when the workers felt it was safe and they wouldn t be watched or harassed or threatened and she d go and she d listen and listen and listen Her workers the ones she unionized always said she was so accessible and they loved that someone was always there for them12 Dress for your role On the picket lines she wore jeans to show solidarity In arbitrations she was the best dressed person in the room with her dress heels and hat God her hats13 Slug your guts out And bargain your ass off This is what they did when they went to negotiate contracts And Gina kicked ass at that It s so impressive to me that this woman wasn t even a lawyer but she did a labor lawyer s work when she went in there to write contracts and bargain and arbitrate and deal with grievances etc Amazing14 Be interested in others This goes back to listening to others and being genuine etc15 Spin ideas to be good for BOTH sides This is a negotiation tactic that she used she always spun her ideas for the workers as being good for BOTH sides 16 Put others first 17 Have all the time in the world for others Ray Hamilton s son said this about Regina that she had a crap ton to do but would have like four hour lunches with him while he was a student at DePaul and mentored him and made him feel like she had all the time in the world for him18 Our hearts get broken and this is no better than a heart This isn t a lesson or a tactic It s just something she said to her housekeeper when she accidentally broke a vase and I liked it It s a good reminder to not be so attached to material things It s not like we ll take them with us or anything I just loved the uoteI wish she was alive today She d be Obama s girl She d be dealing with labor matters on a national level And I d probably be trailing her like a shadow trying to learn all I could from her Hers to Protect you haven't heard of until n. Ugh This book itself barely deserves three stars It isn t that well written and it s way too starry eyed even about the negative aspects of this woman s life and the negative aspects of her personality But Regina Polk s life deserves five stars Six Ten So this gets a fourI have some entries up at my book blog about this book and I have planned so I ll be updating the tag but for my review here on GoodReads I wanted to do a write up on the lessons that can be learned from the remarkable Regina Polk LESSONS LEARNED FROM REGINA POLK 1 Be sincere and genuine That was what drew people to Regina in the first place She cared about them and their struggles and their families and their prospects and their stories2 Be confident Regina was always confident When she transferred to a new school she marched in shoulders back and straight smiling and waited for the teacher to seat her Her classmates mentioned that she wasn t stick thin but in that moment everyone thought she was a knock out I found the stick thin comment problematic but whatever3 Be humble I m iffy on this one because she didn t like praise as a Her Small-Town Hero youngster or even as she got older but she always said that what she wanted was to walk into a restaurant with Ray Hamilton and for someone to be like who is that and someone else to be like omg that s Regina Polk she s a Teamster and the greatest woman in the history of the labor movement4 Build others up She did this often made people feel good about themselves That s just a smart networking strategy really And it inspires loyalty which she needed5 Share stories This was of a tactic She shared the stories of workers with other workers so they could sense some kind of commonality and shared bond etc It worked very well6 Don t talk too much about Red Tail (Travis Trilogy yourself 7 Listen to others8 Don t genuflect but don t be disrespectful This is cheating this is something that can be learned from her husband Tom Heagy9 Be articulate and intelligent She was a great writer and knew a hell of a lot about the labor movement and her idol Hoffa It s my goal to be just as well read and informed10 Loyalty She was very loyal to folks It inspired loyalty in return11 Accessibility She d sit in the uad at U of C when she was trying to organize the hospital s clerical workers and then when the university threw her a curveball ALL the workers She d often be called out late at night to talk when the workers felt it was safe and they wouldn t be watched or harassed or threatened and she d go and she d listen and listen and listen Her workers the ones she unionized always said she was so accessible and they loved that someone was always there for them12 Dress for Promises in Tumble Creek your role On the picket lines she wore jeans to show solidarity In arbitrations she was the best dressed person in the room with her dress heels and hat God her hats13 Slug Mischief and Marriage your guts out And bargain Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, your ass off This is what they did when they went to negotiate contracts And Gina kicked ass at that It s so impressive to me that this woman wasn t even a lawyer but she did a labor lawyer s work when she went in there to write contracts and bargain and arbitrate and deal with grievances etc Amazing14 Be interested in others This goes back to listening to others and being genuine etc15 Spin ideas to be good for BOTH sides This is a negotiation tactic that she used she always spun her ideas for the workers as being good for BOTH sides 16 Put others first 17 Have all the time in the world for others Ray Hamilton s son said this about Regina that she had a crap ton to do but would have like four hour lunches with him while he was a student at DePaul and mentored him and made him feel like she had all the time in the world for him18 Our hearts get broken and this is no better than a heart This isn t a lesson or a tactic It s just something she said to her housekeeper when she accidentally broke a vase and I liked it It s a good reminder to not be so attached to material things It s not like we ll take them with us or anything I just loved the uoteI wish she was alive today She d be Obama s girl She d be dealing with labor matters on a national level And I d probably be trailing her like a shadow trying to learn all I could from her

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Detailing the life of relatively unknown yet remarkable American labor leader Regina V Polk this biography describes the Teamster as a warrior a champion and a humanitarian who spent her life living fully caring deeply for those around her and advocating for the things she believed in particularly the dignity of all work and all workersIndie Excellence Award Finalist Regional Non Fiction 2009A Whole Hearted LifeOn Valentine'. Such an amazing person and female to write aboutFry s Readability 12th grade average A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yet remarkable American labor leader Regina V Polk this biography describes the Teamster as a warrior a champion and a humanitarian who spent her life living fully caring deeply for those around her and advocating for the things she believed in particularly the dignity of all work and all workersIndie Excellence Award Finalist Regional Non Fiction 2009A Whole Hearted LifeOn Valentine'. Such an amazing person and female to write aboutFry s Readability 12th grade average

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S Day 1950 a beautiful and determined child was born with a birthmark between her eyebrows in the shape of half a heart She spent the rest of her life living fully caring deeply for those around her and advocating for the things she believed in particularly the dignity of all work and all workers She recognized early the growing service and clerical sectors of the economy and the need to unionize this overlooked group of low. If departed Teamster leader Regina Polk had been a book a thorough read would have been reuired before any judgment was rendered Terry Spencer Hesser s newly released I Am a Teamster details the too short life of a woman who forged her own striking personal contradictions into a hybrid hellion of uniue force The union organizer s story puts the lie to Republican detractors who can t see real Americans in the country s progressive ranks It is a story with roots in a hardscrabble western existence begun in Prescott Arizona Her father was a farmer who roamed from spread to spread in search of that ever elusive American dream At her mother s urging Polk applied to the rich girls school of Mills College and got caught up in the chaos that was nearby 1960s Berkeley where she was permanently impacted by the crosscurrents of civil rights feminism and anti war activism roiling thereThe searching Polk wound up at University of Chicago where she enrolled in a masters program for labor relations but it was her real job where she got the true schooling To pay bills she found work as a receptionist at the inappropriately named Red Star Inn but the employer s treatment of what it viewed as lesser types stuck in her politicized craw and she contacted the area Teamsters office The union local s organizing director Bob Simpson recounts that Polk struck him as a hippie The way she dressed and looked She was for all kinds of rights Worker rights Civil rights Women s lib She set out to organize the restaurant s workers and when management got wind of the effort was fired Simpson hired Polk as a part time organizer The rest as they say is herstory By 1975 American capital s move out of the manufacturing business was in full swing and the Teamsters saw their primary source of dues paying members evaporate In search of greener pastures union researchers identified a surging class of white middle class moderately educated workers Enter Regina Polk She was a college educated floppy hat wearing fashion plate with a philosophical crush on Jimmy Hoffa Polk possessed a cosmopolite s travel lust and a farm girl s ear for country western A serial savior of imperiled animals she carried an ice pick for slashing tires in the old time Teamster way Classified by the famed political scientist C Wright Mills as weak insiders unions typically groan under the weight of servicing the least fortunate with a dearth of resources And so the Teamsters promptly put Polk to work helping organize clerical workers at Blue CrossBlue Shield in Chicago She later reported to union bosses on the difficulty of getting status conscious and image conscious women to join a truck drivers union Nonetheless the Teamsters prevailed The extent of Polk s contribution to the victory might be read in the 28 year old s subseuent assignment to organize workers at the University of Chicago Faced with a recalcitrant university president who had successfully dislodged the union at Yale Polk s campaign was conducted largely underground or secretively so as to protect those with the courage or need to join the Teamsters drive The campaign prevailedBut I Am a Teamster is no tale of perpetual triumph because Polk s campaigns did not always prevail After one defeat she came across her opposite numbers from a union busting law firm at a local bar One approached to share a conciliatory post battle drink Instead she took the one she was nursing and threw it in his faceAll of Polk s fire was extinguished in a plane crash at the age of 32 Some years later when her wrongful death suit was at trial one of the jurors recognized Regina as the person who had donated the very clothes she was wearing Hesser s slim volume 147 pages long renders a large life with efficiency The author commits the biographer s forgivable sin of falling in love with her subject She starts off unevenly accumulating too many posthumous summations while applying enthusiastic adjectives to someone whose larger than life actions speak for themselves But as Polk s career takes form so does the narrative which is delivered in a no frills reportorial form that leans properly on numerous interviews of people who were there at the time I Am a Teamster celebrates the difference one person empowered and guided by the simple principal of solidarity can have upon the lives of others through brute effort consideration compassion and even joy Although she inspired fellow Teamsters the union was never going to make a template of Polk from which a generation of like labor leaders could be modeled She was too uniue and too individual A real American if you will Marriage by Deception years later when her wrongful death suit was at trial one of the jurors recognized Regina as the person who had donated the very clothes she was wearing Hesser s slim volume 147 pages long renders a large life with efficiency The author commits the biographer s forgivable sin of falling in love with her subject She starts off unevenly accumulating too many posthumous summations while applying enthusiastic adjectives to someone whose larger than life actions speak for themselves But as Polk s career takes form so does the narrative which is delivered in a no frills reportorial form that leans properly on numerous interviews of people who were there at the time I Am a Teamster celebrates the difference one person empowered and guided by the simple principal of solidarity can have upon the lives of others through brute effort consideration compassion and even joy Although she inspired fellow Teamsters the union was never going to make a template of Polk from which a generation of like labor leaders could be modeled She was too uniue and too individual A real American if A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House you will

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  • I Am a Teamster A Short Fiery Story of Regina V Polk Her Hats Her Pets Sweet Love and the Modern Day Labor Movement
  • Terry Spencer Hesser
  • English
  • 27 April 2019
  • 9781893121355

5 thoughts on “I Am a Teamster A Short Fiery Story of Regina V Polk Her Hats Her Pets Sweet Love and the Modern Day Labor Movement

  1. says:

    Such an amazing person and female to write aboutFry's Readability 12th grade average

  2. says:

    If departed Teamster leader Regina Polk had been a book a thorough read would have been reuired before any judgment was rendered Terry Spencer Hesser's newly released I Am a Teamster details the too short life of a woman who forged

  3. says:

    Ugh This book itself barely deserves three stars It isn't that well written and it's way too starry eyed even about the n

  4. says:

    I work with the 743 contract in my role as HR Specialist at the University of Chicago It is kinda cool to think that what she did really has shaped what my current job is Not to say that I would always agree with Regina but I am envious of the passion she had for her workI enjoyed this book because it gave a nice history It was a good read for me to learn a bit of history about my employer Very cool

  5. says:

    A brief look into the life and career highlights of Regina Polk An energetic woman; no doubt she would have accomp

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