21 min

Dust for Blood Grit NW - Built Union Strong

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On today’s episode we will meet labor attorney, member of Teamster’s Local 810 in New York City and  author, Mark Torres.
Mark’s latest book, Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, chronicles the plight of thousands of poverty stricken migrant workers lured to the agricultural fields of New York State for decades with the promise of good wages and decent housing. Once there, they were preyed upon by corrupt camp operators who often cheated them out of pay and housed them in deadly slum like conditions. 
Dust for Blood, shines a harsh light onto what atrocities greed, a failure of government oversight, and the blatant disrespect for the working class can produce. 
Marks in-depth investigation into the sordid history of these camps begins in the 1940’s during the massive labor shortage created in America by the 2nd world war. 
It then follows the arc of human tragedy and suffering for those who worked in these dour camps, providing the food for our nation. The book focuses in on the peak years of the 50’s and 60’s and then tracks their steady decline in the decades that followed.
Packed with personal accounts of the hardships faced by the un-represented, his book serves as a cautionary tale for those who feel the need for organized labor unions have passed.
Dust for Blood is published by The History Press and is available in paperback now for purchase.

Show Notes

Book Raffle Link
https://forms.gle/WEKcA76y3Wegmv8z7

Mark Torres Website
http://www.marktorresauthor.com/about-the-author.html

The History Press - Acadia Publishing
https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467147842

Amazon Link for Dust for Blood
https://www.amazon.com/Long-Island-Migrant-Labor-Camps/dp/1467147842/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dust+for+blood&qid=1617461655&sr=8-1

NW Carpenters Union
https://www.nwcarpenters.org/

Join Grit NW Nation here:
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For comments, questions or suggestions about the show send an  email to:
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You can also share this link to the Grit NW webpage with friends, family members or co-workers and score good karma points, you'll be a better person for it, I promise:
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Check us out at @GritNW

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Seriously, do this. It only takes a minute (okay probably 5 or 6, whatever)


NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!The Grit Nation Join The Nation and spread the word on how unions are building lives and careers to be proud of.Labor Radio / Podcast Network Discover shows to learn more about organized labor movements across our nation and around the world.

On today’s episode we will meet labor attorney, member of Teamster’s Local 810 in New York City and  author, Mark Torres.
Mark’s latest book, Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, chronicles the plight of thousands of poverty stricken migrant workers lured to the agricultural fields of New York State for decades with the promise of good wages and decent housing. Once there, they were preyed upon by corrupt camp operators who often cheated them out of pay and housed them in deadly slum like conditions. 
Dust for Blood, shines a harsh light onto what atrocities greed, a failure of government oversight, and the blatant disrespect for the working class can produce. 
Marks in-depth investigation into the sordid history of these camps begins in the 1940’s during the massive labor shortage created in America by the 2nd world war. 
It then follows the arc of human tragedy and suffering for those who worked in these dour camps, providing the food for our nation. The book focuses in on the peak years of the 50’s and 60’s and then tracks their steady decline in the decades that followed.
Packed with personal accounts of the hardships faced by the un-represented, his book serves as a cautionary tale for those who feel the need for organized labor unions have passed.
Dust for Blood is published by The History Press and is available in paperback now for purchase.

Show Notes

Book Raffle Link
https://forms.gle/WEKcA76y3Wegmv8z7

Mark Torres Website
http://www.marktorresauthor.com/about-the-author.html

The History Press - Acadia Publishing
https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467147842

Amazon Link for Dust for Blood
https://www.amazon.com/Long-Island-Migrant-Labor-Camps/dp/1467147842/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dust+for+blood&qid=1617461655&sr=8-1

NW Carpenters Union
https://www.nwcarpenters.org/

Join Grit NW Nation here:
(could this be any easier?)
https://forms.gle/WEKcA76y3Wegmv8z7

For comments, questions or suggestions about the show send an  email to:
GritNW@gmail.com

You can also share this link to the Grit NW webpage with friends, family members or co-workers and score good karma points, you'll be a better person for it, I promise:
https://Buildnw.org/podcast

Grit NW is now on the Twitter!!  How cool is that, right?
Check us out at @GritNW

And if you haven’t already done so please write a review on Apple Podcast.
It will help others find the show. (which I personally feel is important)
Seriously, do this. It only takes a minute (okay probably 5 or 6, whatever)


NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NW 6 states + 29k members strong!The Grit Nation Join The Nation and spread the word on how unions are building lives and careers to be proud of.Labor Radio / Podcast Network Discover shows to learn more about organized labor movements across our nation and around the world.

21 min