American Labor at Crossroads Conference

from Leo Casey and Harold Meyerson

You are invited to attend a one-day conference on the future of the American labor movement, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, the Sidney Hillman Foundation and the American Prospect.

THE AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT AT A CROSSROADS:

New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies

> Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
> 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
> 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, 4th Floor
> Washington, DC 20001
>
> Lunch will be served.
>
The American labor movement is at a critical juncture. After three decades of declining union density in the private sector and years of all-out political assaults on public sector unions, America’s unions now face what can only be described as existential threats. Strategies and tactics that may have worked in a different era are no longer adequate to today’s challenges. The need for different approaches to the fundamentals of union work in areas such as organizing, collective bargaining and political action is clear.

The purpose of this conference is to examine new thinking and new initiatives, viewing them critically in the light of ongoing union imperatives of cultivating member activism and involvement, fostering democratic self-governance and building the collective power of working people.
> Agenda follows

> AGENDA
> 8:30-9:00 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
> 9:00-9:30 am INTRODUCTION: AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT AT A CROSSROADS
> Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers & Albert Shanker Institute
>
> 9:30-10:45 NEW FORMS OF LABOR ORGANIZING/ORGANIZATION I
> Tefere Gebre, executive vice president, AFL-CIO
> Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large, American Prospect; columnist, The Washington Post;
> board member, The Albert Shanker Institute
> Karen Nussbaum, executive director, Working America
> David Rolf, president, Workers Lab, Service Employees International Union 775
>
> 10:45-11:00 Break
> 11:00-12:15 NEW FORMS OF LABOR ORGANIZING/ORGANIZATION II
> Paul Booth, assistant to the president, American Federation of State, County and Municipal
> Employees
> Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director, Freelancers Union
> Jessica Smith, chief-of-staff, American Federation of Teachers
> Cristina Tzintzun, executive director, Texas Workers Defense Project
>
> 12:15-12:30 p.m. REFLECTIONS ON THE STATE OF AMERICAN LABOR
> Steven Greenhouse, labor journalist
>
> 12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch
>
> 1:00-2:15 p.m. BUILDING COMMUNITY-LABOR ALLIANCES
> Conversation with:
> Sarita Gupta, executive director, Jobs with Justice
> Gerry Hudson, executive vice president, Service Employees International Union
> Joseph McCartin, director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor,
> Georgetown University
> Sejal Parikh, fast food workers campaign director, Working Washington
>
> 2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
> 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

RETHINKING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND UNION REPRESENTATION
> Catherine Fisk, chancellor’s professor of law; co-director, Center in Law, Society and Culture, University of California at Irvine Law School
> Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive vice president, American Federation of Teachers; board member, Albert Shanker Institute
> Dan Schlademan, director, OUR Walmart, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
> Saket Soni, executive director, National Guestworker Alliance
>
> 3:45-4:00 p.m. Break
>
> 4:00-5:15 p.m. WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND COLLECTIVE POWER
> Mark Brenner, director, Labor Notes
> Patricia Castellanos, deputy director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
> Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow, Century Foundation; board member, Albert Shanker Institute
> Rich Yeselson, labor strategist

5:15- 5:40 p.m. NEXT STEPS
> Leo Casey, executive director, Albert Shanker Institute
>
5:40 – 6:30 p.m. RECEPTION

Please contact Vicki Thomas at vthomas@ashankerinst.org to register for the conference or with any questions.
>

 

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