The Labor Heritage/Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is made up of workers from many unions, as well as students and independent folks who love to sing. We are dedicated to building more democracy and representation within our unions and we come together to celebrate our love of music and workers’ culture.
The Chorus is directed by musician and labor organizer Pat Wynne. Under her leadership, we borrow from many musical traditions such as South African and Gospel; traditional and newly composed labor songs; songs in Yiddish, Latin, Spanish and Xshosha; and parodies of popular songs created in the Joe Hill tradition. Pat Wynne’s musical mission is to create a new canon of labor music that better reflects the diversity of our working population. Our accompanist and Pat Wynne’s musical collaborator is Bernard Gilbert.
The Labor Heritage Foundation will present the 2014 Joe Hill Award to Pat Wynne, director of the San Francisco Labor Heritage Chorus. The most prestigious award in the field of labor culture, the Joe Hill Award is given in honor of lifetime achievement. Previous recipients include Cesar Chavez in 1993, and Pete Seeger in 1995. Pat will receive the award at the Great Labor Arts Exchange in Washington, D.C., June 20-22, 2014.
Above: The Chorus performing its latest show, “Movement Energy,” in May, 2014. “When people take to the streets in thousands, when the air is electric with dissent and resistance, we have a sense that change is coming….”