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Jeff Crosby

Template:TOCnestleft Jeff Crosby is a Massachusetts labor activist. He is president of the North Shore Labor Council in Lynn, Massachusetts. He is affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization.[1]

He is originally from Iowa City, Iowa. Married to Marjie Crosby.

New Lynn Coalition

In 2020 New Lynn Coalition executive director was Jeff Crosby.

Jose Bravo connection

Javier Bravo January 8 2019.

Con Aviva Chomsky, Gabriel Mireles y Jeff Crosby.


— in Boston, Massachusetts.

Forward Motion

In 1993 Jeff Crosby, a Massachusetts union organizer contributed an article on "progressive" unionism, to Freedom Road Socialist Organization's Forward Motion May/June 1993.


Jeff Crosby went to Seattle for the 1999 anti-WTO protests, with "fifteen members of the North Shore Labor Council, from the area between Boston and New Hampshire in Massachusetts. Eleven were from IUE Local 201 at the GE plant in Lynn and Ametek Aerospace in Wilmington (my union, of which I am President). Contrary to the musings of Robert Reich and others that the primary loss of jobs in the United States through NAFTA and "free trade" would be unskilled work, both GE and Ametek aircraft engine work are headed to Mexico, Russia, China, Brazil, and other countries. The engineering and planning work is going as well."[2]

Freedom Road

In 2001, Jeff Crosby wrote an article in the premiere issue of Freedom Road, the new magazine of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization which addresses anti-"globalization" activists and talks about the necessity for alliance-building, anti-racism, etc.[3]


"The 35-member Witness for Peace delegation in which I participated in January of 2002 included union members, students, teachers, religious activists, and environmentalists. In Colombia I visited the cities of Bogotá and Barrancabermeja, and part of the delegation traveled to the rural province of Putumayo. In a packed schedule, we met with many union leaders, women’s organizations, representatives of the Colombian Armed Forces, human rights organizations, the US Embassy, a Bishop, the Barrancabermeja Chamber of Commerce, Afro-Colombian organizations, and academic experts on the Colombian economy, history, and the “drug war.”[4]

Report on Labor vs.Colombia death squads

6/21--Report on Labor vs.Colombia death squads by Jeff Crosby. A report-back and slide show from a recent fact-finding trip to Colombia. Friday, June 21, 6:30PM 350 W 31ST, 6TH FL (8-9 AVE), NYC.

Jeff Crosby President of IUE/CWA Local 201 at the General Electric plant in Lynn, MA

Sponsor: Freedom Road magazine.

Endorsers: Committee for Social Justice in Colombia, New York Labor Against the War (NYCLAW), Left Turn magazine, ACT UP/NY, Solidarity.[5]

Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awardee

The Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards have been held each year since 1977 to honor deserving activists and to raise funds to support the work of Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Previous awardees include North Shore Labor Council President Jeff Crosby, international human rights advocate Dessima Williams, and Boston Globe columnist Bob Kuttner. [6]

DSA union forum

On September 8 2005 Boston Democratic Socialists of America and Jobs with Justice co-sponsored a forum on the recent split in the AFL-CIO before a Boston audience of about 30 people. Trade unionists from the dissident Change to Win Coalition engaged AFL-CIO loyalists and others in a wide ranging discussion that revealed more agreement about the problems of the labor movement than solutions, but also a desire, where possible, to work together.

Speakers were Ed Collins, John Murphy Ana Amaral, Enid Eckstein and Jeff Crosby.

Jeff Crosby (IUE-CWA 201) added that today’s big idea could be the anti-corporate globalization movement.[7]

DSA Forum on globalization

On May 30 2007, at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, Boston Democratic Socialists of America sponsored a discussion on immigration and globalization with IUE-CWA 201 President Jeff Crosby and Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo. David Knuttunen of DSA began by analyzing the rise of “involuntary” immigration resulting from corporate globalization, including U.S. trade and development policies. This point was developed further by Councilor Arroyo, who sketched in some of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and President Crosby, who related some of his organizing experiences. [8]

Lui Cheng 2007 American tour

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity and the National Labor College recently hosted Professor Liu Cheng for Shanghai Normal University to discuss the evolution of the new draft contract labor law in China. Cheng’s visit to the NLC on March 27th was the culmination of a multi-state tour meeting with union leaders and members of Congress.

For the report by Global Labor Strategies analyzing the impact of transnational corporations on the first draft of the Contract Law go to: UNDUE INFLUENCE: Corporation Gain Ground in Battle Over Chinas New Labor Law

Liu Cheng's tour included nearly 45 events over 17 days, in the Bay Area, Boston, Amherst, New York and Washington DC. A partial list of the many sponsoring organizations, and their key contact, includes:

IUE-CWA Local 201, Lynn - Jeff Crosby, Steve Early & Rand Wilson.

Labor Campaign for Single Payer

In 2009 Jeff Crosby, President Northshore Central Labor Council (MA) served on the National Advisory Board and the Steering Committee of Labor Campaign for Single Payer.

Praise for "The Cost of Privilege"

"The Cost of Privilege" an anti-racist book was written by North Carolina Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Chip Smith.

Several people, mostly Freedom Road Socialist Organization members wrote advance "praise blurbs" for the book's website .

"This book will be an eye-opener for union leaders trying to unite the movement. It challenges those who hope to avoid divisions in the US working class by simply changing the subject to "common interests". And it will no doubt help white union leaders in particular reflect differently on their own history and position in society. It is a colossal effort, bringing together--probably for the first time--race theory, labor history, analyses of patriarchy and intersectionality, and personal reflections on race and social activism, between the covers of a single volume. Read it, change the way you organize, change the world."."

Jeff Crosby, President, North Shore Labor Council, Lynn, Massachusetts.[9]

Author Chip Smith also discussed his new book, THE COST OF PRIVILEGE: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism in Massachusetts.

Join the author, labor leader Jeff Crosby and others for an examination of the impact of privilege and ways to challenge its effects on our society.

Sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Community Change, Dorchester People for Peace and other organizations.[10]

Left Forum 2013

The Student-Labor Fightback Against Neo-Liberalism, on campus and off.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those saying they would attend, on Facebook included Jeff Crosby.[11]

Beyond Shell Shock


Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

Hosts Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Erica Smiley; Bob Master; Neidi Dominguez; Bryan Proffitt; and Jeff Crosby;

Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.

Endorsing Fetonte

Massachusetts Democratic Socialists of America members who endorsed Danny Fetonte when he ran for DSA NPC in 2017 included Rand Wilson, Russell Weiss-IrwinBoston, Jeff CrosbyLynn MA,.[12]

Thanked by Zweig

"The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret, Second Edition By Michael Zweig acknowledged Joe Berry, Ron Blackwell, Jim Borbely, Ross Borden, Gene Bruskin, Jeff Crosby, Fernando Gapasin, Penny Lewis, Stephanie Luce, Maria Maisto, Jack Metzgar, Rachel Micah-Jones, Dennis O'Neil, Jay D. Mazur, Steven Pitts, Warren Sanderson, Heidi Shierholz, Craig Smith, Megan Smith, Ralph Trioche, Luis Valenzuela, Victor Wallis, Kris Warner, Devon Whitham, Anne Weigard, and Robert Saute for their help.



Jon Levine is with Bill Fletcher, Jr. and 28 others - Richie Chevat, Francy Caprino, Ellie Gitelman Bagli, Mindy Gershon, Ajamu Dillahunt, Steve Backman, Dennis O'Neil, Martha Cameron, Glen Ford, Stan Goff, Sean Crimmins, Nat Turner Bender, Dave Blalock, James Carey, Larry Hamm, Sally Davidow, Bert Barao, Joe Fine, Bella August, Richard Cammarieri, Jeff Crosby, Sidney Brown, Carol Fine, Charles Bagli, Willa Cofield, Carmen Berkley.

September 14, 2016:

Thanks to Alfreda Coachman Daniels for sharing this 40 year old historic photo from a 1976 anti-busing rally in Boston. Shaun King, from whom Ms. Daniels shared this blast-from-the-past photo, commented "The American flag may represent freedom to you but it meant something else to this man."[13]

"Finding Hope in Dark Times"

This statement was drafted by Jeff Crosby, who is president of the North Shore Labor Council and a long time labor activist and friend of Freedom Road. It "provides a grounding context to address the atrocities of the last week and a half of October 2018 and offers a sense of hope about how to move forward".

I have been pretty freaked out about the right for a while. The last ten days—with the murders of two Black folks in a Kroger store in Kentucky, the slaughter of eleven Jewish people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and the pipe bombs–haven’t helped. And now Brazil’s election is another indicator of the rollback of 21st century socialism. We don’t get to pick the period we are born into, and it’s a dark time.

The main thing I get out of this is how tired people are of the institutions that exist, the corruption, the failures to address people’s needs. The Democrat neoliberals offer no alternative, since they are the system. With some exceptions (the Bernie wing), they have no program to offer workers, and don’t talk to working class people. Our billionaires against their billionaires is not a strategy.

I still think we need to chart a path to power based on the strategic alliance of working-class and people of color movements–building independent political power with an electoral strategy as PART of the work. But it seems slow. We may be in for a long period of disruption and instability. Sometimes we on the left get too inwardly focused on our particular projects, and don’t realize what we’re up against. The right is far more unified than we are. I think it’s crucial to form a broad left trend based on the strategic alliance, organizing in our communities and workplaces, and also in the electoral arena, both inside and outside the Democratic Party.[14]

Remembering John Allocca

Jeff Crosby, an old comrade of John’s, spoke at his memorial in Boston reminding us that John looked at everything through a political lens that always asked the question: will this further the struggle for justice? And Marjie Crosby, Jeff’s partner and one of John’s fellow union members, reminded us that she could always count on John to raise the hard points, that others did not want to talk about, in a principled and kind way. And I, Garret, remember John as someone always looking to include the voices of those who are often ignored. When we were young teachers and active in the National Association of Education Activists John would always befriend the Latinx parents who participated, making sure that he spoke to them in Spanish, interested in their views on the struggle to democratize public education.[15]