During its 2013 annual conference in New York City, the Labor and Working Class History Association is hosting two important free public forums. First up is an examination of strategies to counter the assault on labor and the public sector.
The Assault on Labor and the Public Sector: Strategies for Resistance in the Post-Election Environment
Thursday, June 6, 8pm
Location: Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, New York University
- Chair, Opening Remarks Alice Kessler Harris R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University; author, In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America.
- Frances Fox Piven Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science, City University of New York, Graduate Center, author, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.
- Richard Wolff Professor, University of Massachusetts and New School University; author, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism; and partner democracyatwork.info.
- Bill Fletcher, Jr. Labor Activist, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies; author, “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions.
- Saket Soni Executive Director, National Guestworker Alliance and New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice; author, And Injustice for all: Workers’ Lives in the Reconstruction of New Orleans .
The panel participants will assess the prospects for the US and international labor movements at a time of expanding global corporate economic power and political and economic retrenchment of the organized labor movement in the U.S. How will elections that produced divided federal governance and emboldened conservative governments in many states influence labor’s prospects? Can labor unions rely on parliamentary and legislative strategies to reverse their decline? What potential do new forms of struggle and worker organization hold for labor? What history and traditions are relevant to the present circumstances? What is the future of strikes and other forms of worker insurgency?
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