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BHF Presents: The Next Shift, Health Care Workers in Rust Belt America

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Author Gabriel Winant discusses "The Next Shift: Fall of Industry & Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America"

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JOIN THE Battle of Homestead Foundation and White Whale Bookstore for an online program discussing the major role health care workers are playing in the economy of 21st-century Rust Belt America — presented by Gabriel Winant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at University of Chicago.

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Men in hardhats were once the iconic symbol of America’s working class; now it is women in scrubs. What does this shift portend for our nation's future?

The Next Shift: Fall of Industry & Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America provides a series of initially unsettling — yet, ultimately hopeful — answers.

LIKE MANY formerly blue-collar manufacturing cities across the United States, Pittsburgh's financial makeup is now dominated by the "service economy" — particularly jobs in health care, a sector that in 2021 employs more Americans than any other industry.

Author Gabriel Winant takes us inside Pittsburgh neighborhoods and talks with dozens of working-class Pittsburghers to show how America’s cities have weathered new economic realities. He finds that a new working class has emerged in the wake of de-industrialization ... a new working class disproportionately comprised women and people of color working unpredictable hours for low pay.

The Next Shift offers unique insights into how we got here and what could happen next. Dr. Winant believes if health care employees, along with the growing cadre of other “essential workers”, can translate their true economic and social value into viable political power, they may become the determining force in reviving the American Dream in the 21st century.

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* Please note: upon registration participants are given a Zoom link for the event ... scroll down to the bottom of the email for information.

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** While the program is admission-free, you are welcome to make a monetary donation to offset expenses involved in producing our 2021 Program Series. The Battle of Homestead Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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** PRESENTER **

Gabriel Winant, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. His latest book The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America was just published by Harvard University Press. He has written for n+1, The Nation, New York Times, The Guardian, New Republic; for Dissent he has written on graduate student organizing, on black women and the carceral state, on class politics and on labor history.

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The Battle of Homestead Foundation is an educational nonprofit promoting Western Pennsylvania’s vibrant industrial and labor history starting with the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike and connecting with current labor issues involving economics, the environment, healthcare, racism and other social concerns.

White Whale Bookstore is a family-owned, general interest independent bookstore in Pittsburgh that serves as a community hub for engagement, conversation and sharing ideas. Their selection of new books includes a broad range of contemporary and literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, history, philosophy, local authors, independent presses, children’s books and much more.

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