John Wojcik, newly named Editor-in-Chief of People's World, will visit Connecticut April 28 to May 2, 2016. During his stay, in addition to keynoting the Connecticut People's World May Day celebration on Sunday, May 1 (6 pm at King-Davis Labor Center, 77 Huyshope Ave, Hartford) he will attend Workers' Memorial Day and meet with labor and community leaders.
Wojcik came to People's World in Chicago in 2007 as labor editor. Previously, he worked as a union meat cutter in New Jersey where he served as shop steward, member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee and was active in the union's campaign to win public support for Walmart workers.
In 2010 he received an award from the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) for his feature story "Steeler Nation fights its way back," which traced the personal tragedies of laid off steel workers and their heroic comebacks.
John Wojcik was elected vice president of ILCA in 2013, an organization of more than 100 union publications and media production departments of national and local affiliates of the AFL-CIO and independent labor-oriented newspapers.
Wojcik had previously worked for the Daily World and People’s Daily World in the l970s and 1980s as a reporter covering electoral, civil rights and labor battles, and was active in electoral politics during that time in Brooklyn, New York.