Birthday on the Picket Line
On June 21, 1986, Cari-Lynn Peevey celebrated her sixth birthday party the way most birthdays are celebrated: with cake. Unlike most birthdays, however, this party took place on the picket line of the Gainers meatpacking strike. In this episode, producer Dan Collera interviews Renee Peevey, Cari-Lynn’s mother and a unionized employee at Gainers in 1986. They discuss her experience of the strike, including what it meant to manage the picket line and a family. This episode was also produced by Brandi Kueber.