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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  
July 11, 2014
Author:  Terry Spencer Hesser
Category:  Non-fiction: Biography
Description:  A Whole-Hearted Life

On Valentine'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-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 now.

Many thought she would be the first woman to head the Teamsters, but her life and work were cut short when she died in a small airplane crash on the way to a meeting when she was only 33.

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The story of Polk's life is told well in the biography and includes a wealth of information on a truly dedicated unionist. --Teamster Magazine

After working in the cotton mills from 1956 until 1973 when I was fired from J.P. Stevens in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, for working to organize a union, I can appreciate the hard work and challenges that Regina Polk faced as one of the first woman Teamster leaders. It is sad that I had not heard about Regina Polk before reading I Am a Teamster. Polk was a woman with so much love, courage, and knowledge of labor laws. She was a woman as dedicated, as intelligent, and as tough as her idol Jimmy Hoffa. This is a wonderful educational book for anyone who wants to know about organizing the unorganized. It also does a wonderful job of honoring a woman who 'felt that it was more important to actually help one person than to talk about saving the world. --Crystal Lee Sutton, 'The Real Norma Rae'

After reading about Regina Polk, you'll wish you had known her, especially if you are of her generation--a baby boomer in your late fifties or early sixties. This biography by Terry Spencer Hesser portrays a dynamic, determined organizer who pried doors open for women in the labor movement and who entered the world of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 743 and rose to leadership in the large Chicago local. . . . It is likely appealing to a youthful audience that would find Polk's life story unusual and interesting. Undergraduates or young working people might take inspiration from Polk's commitment and zest for life . . . The contributions to labor of Regina Polk and other women of her generation need to be compiled, examined, and cherished. --Labor Studies Journal

Rights available:  Film/television/theatrical.
Contact:  Sharon Woodhouse
Everything Goes Media
sharon@everythinggoesmedia.com
phone: 312-226-8400
fax: 312-226-8420
P.O. Box 1524, Milwaukee, WI 53201
Item number:  9546
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