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Organizing for Power and Workers’ Rights in the Twenty-first Century

Juan Ramon Jiménez Room, Stamp Student Union
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Organizing for Power and Workers’ Rights in the Twenty-first Century

Attacks on the freedom to organize have created new challenges for workers in recent years. This symposium will examine approaches to organizing that have emerged in the fast food, big box merchandizing and domestic care industries, among others, while placing them in the context of a global economy. Panelists will examine effective labor organizing strategies, support for workers and how the economy and outsourcing can be integrated into labor organizing. Participants can also view the new George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive at UMD, which presents a history of the labor struggle within the United States.

For more information: www.newamerica.umd.edu

PROGRAM

9 a.m.

Introductory remarks

Julie Greene, professor, Department of History, University of Maryland

Patricia A. Steele, dean of libraries, University of Maryland

9:30 a.m. 

Session One 

Building the 21st Century Labor Movement

Chair:

Anna Lane Windham, doctoral candidate, Department of History, University of  Maryland  

Speakers:  

Janice Fine, associate professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University 

Eileen Boris, Hull professor, Departments of History and Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Dan Schlademan, director of Making Change at Walmart, United Food and Commercial Workers Union 

11:30 a.m. 

Keynote address

Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO

1 p.m.

LUNCH

2 p.m. 

Session Two

Global  Flows: Immigrants, Globalization and the New Political Economy

Chair:

Nancy Mirabal, associate professor, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland

Speakers:

Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara 

Tefere Gebre, executive vice president, AFL-CIO 

Sergio Sosa, executive director, Heartland Workers Center

4 p.m. 

Reception and Tour

Tour the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive  and the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Hornbake Library, 4th Floor

Photos from Page One Photography collection, University of Maryland Libraries.

Co-sponsored by University of Maryland Libraries  |  Southern Labor Studies Association International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers