Workers Organizing and Winning

1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday

Regency Ballroom

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
Esther López, Secretary-Treasurer, United Food and Commercial Workers, and Co-Chair, JWJ National Board of Directors
Valarie Long, Executive Vice President, Property Service Division, Service Employees International Union
Edith Rasell, Minister for Economic Justice, Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ
Rasheen Aldridge, Leadership Team Member, Missouri Jobs With Justice
Melissa Benjamin, Home-Care Worker, Fight for $15 Denver
Atisha Perdue, Passenger Service Agent at American Airlines, Communications Workers of America Local 3640
Nestor Sanchez, Painter for Tito Contractors, Worker Organizing Committee, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 51
Lydia Flores, Retail Associate at El Super, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770
Daniel Marans, Reporter at the Huffington Post, Writers Guild of America East
Dr. Theresa Montaño, Vice President, California Teachers Association
RiChard Jackson, Bus Operator, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836
Ivy James, Domestic Worker, National Domestic Workers Association

Corporations and their right-wing political allies have actively attacked American unions for decades, gutting the right to organize and collectively bargain in nearly every sector. With only seven percent of our country’s working people belonging to a union, labor leaders are facing a time of crisis. But never before have more working men and women been up for the challenge to identify and test new strategies to organize and bargain both within the confines of modern labor law as well as pushing the boundaries beyond it. The people who work in our country – particularly disproportionately exploited Black and immigrant employees in low-wage sectors – are not waiting for official union recognition to begin acting like a union and have tapped into the power of organizing to demonstrate the need for new institutions and laws to support them. Join us in learning more about some of their stories, and come ready to take action yourself.


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January 7, 2016