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
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> Lunch will be served.
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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.
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350 Economists Warn President and Congress: Bad “Grand Bargain” on Deficits Could Kill Recovery.

Economy Needs Growth and Jobs, Not Austerity

 Washington, DC – 350 prominent economists issued a statement on Wednesday warning that “the fragile recovery is threatened by obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties.”  The economists from universities and research groups across the U.S. and the world reminded politicians that the U.S. economy in the post-election period is still “marked by mass unemployment, rising poverty, and declining wages.”  And they warned that big spending cuts aimed at reducing deficits could throw the economy back into recession.

Their statement, called Jobs and Growth, Not Austerity, was written by Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey, co-directors of the Institute for America’s Future and by Robert Kuttner, founder of The American Prospect.

The statement and signers can be found at jobsnotausterity.org.

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