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The Boston Labor Conference 2018

Political Activism in the Trump Era

Program

  • 8:30-9:00am Light breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15am Opening remarks. Speakers:
    • Steve Striffler, Director, Labor Resource Center UMass Boston
    • Steven Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
    • Richard Rogers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council
    • BVOCAL
  • 9:30-10:45am
    • Session 1: Building a Labor Movement.  Chair: Steve Striffler, speakers:
      • Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
      • Jane McAlevey, author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Guilded Age
  • ​11:00am-12:30pm
    • Session 2a: Winning the Public Debate. Chair: Anneta Argyres, speakers:
      • Barbara Madeloni, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
      • Natalicia Tracy, Executive Direcor, Brazillian Worker Center & Faculty, Labor Resource Center
      • Sam Gindin, Retired, Research Director, Canadian Auto Workers
    • Session 2b: Organizing Within Unions.  Chair: Jaine McAlevey, speakers:
      • Carlos Aramayo, Financial Secretary Treasurer, UNITE-HERE Local 26
      • Erik Berg, Vice President, Boston Teachers Union
  • 12:30-1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45pm
    • Session 3a: Organizing Beyond Unions.  Chair: Kim Bobo, speakers:
      • Janice Fine, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
      • Janette Ekanam, Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
      • Michael Kramer, Organizing Director, UNITE HERE Local 26
    • Session 3b: Law, Legislation, Politics, and the Labor Movement.  Chair: Sam Gindin, speakers:
      • William P. Jones, Professor, University of Minnesota
      • Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School 
      • Aviva Chomsky, Professor, Salem State University
  • 3:00-4:30pm
    • Session 4: Building Political Power.  Chair: William P. Jones, speakers:
      • Adolph Reed, Jr. Professor, Unversity of Pennsylvania
      • Harris Gruman, SEIU, Massachusetts State Council Director

Labor Resource Center

laborresourcecenter@umb.edu
Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 151
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA