Labor

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A farmworker leader from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will share the history of the organization, conditions faced by farmworkers in the U.S. agricultural industry — including abuses such as sexual harassment and forced labor — and the transformative changes now in effect in the U.S. tomato industry as a result of the award-winning Fair Food Program in setting new farm labor standards, implementing fair wages, and eliminating abuses through its groundbreaking model of Worker Driven Social Responsibility. The workshop will also focus on the models through which the CIW has built power-- from the early days of general strikes and labor stoppages in the tomato fields of Southwest Florida, to the Campaign for Fair Food with successful boycotts of powerful multinational corporations, and then to the implementation of new worker directed standards in the agricultural industry. The workshop will be facilitated in both Spanish and English. There will be a question and answer session in which attendees can engage with farmworker leaders on their experiences as farmworkers, the movement for Fair Food and how they can be involved in the movement for farmworker justice.
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NYC
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This year, in contrast to the 2018 “red state” teacher revolt, strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland confronted Democratic Party bosses and rulers at every level. The strikes were militant and massive, with broad working-class community support. But the union bureaucracies, chained to the Democrats, rammed through settlements that betrayed the struggle to stop the spread of charter schools, the drive to privatize and sharply reduce class size. Class Struggle Education Workers campaigned to mobilize workers’ power – shut down the ports! – to win the strikes. In New York, an ongoing fight against adjunct poverty at CUNY poses broader issues of linking the fight to defend public education to class struggle in the center of finance capital. The key: ousting the pro-capitalist bureaucrats, breaking with the Democrats and forging a class struggle leadership. As Leon Trotsky wrote, “The independence of trade unions in the class sense, in their relations to the bourgeois state, can, in the present conditions, be assured only by a completely revolutionary leadership.”
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NYC
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2018 is the 50th Anniversary of 1968–the most decisive revolutionary year in during the Great Revolution of the Two Decades of the Sixties—1955-1975. In that year the Vietnamese National Liberation Front carried out a decisive political victory in its war against the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, urban rebellions rocked the U.S., president Lyndon Johnson refused to run for re-election under great national protests, students at Columbia University and the Paris student/worker rebellions shaped history. The Movement agreed the problem was “The System”, the Answer was “The Revolution” and the vehicle was “The Movement.” Today, U.S. society is disintegrating morally, economically, politically, ecologically, and spiritually. Black Lives Matter, The Dreamers, the Bernie/Warren Democrats, the Labor/Community Strategy Center and many other organizations are doing important work to fight the system but there is a need for more discussion about what is our strategy. Eric Mann will discuss “A Black/Latino/Third World United Front against the U.S. Imperialist White Settler State” as the strategy the Strategy Center is trying to carry out in its work in South L.A., Los Angeles, and the U.S. to shape grassroots organizing and movement building.
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LA
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A panel based on the new book from Monthly Review press featuring contributors Steve Early, Jon Flanders and others to be announced. There are lessons to be learned from the Wisconsin revolt. This timely book brings together some of the best labor journalists and scholars in the United States, many of whom were on the ground at the time, to examine the causes and impact of events, and suggest how the labor movement might proceed in this new era of union militancy.
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LA
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Putting the Movement Back Into Labor: The Trap of Contract Unionism
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LA
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This panel will offer an analysis of the reasons for labor's defeats and retreats since the 1980s and assess the potential for Occupy to help spur a new workers' movement.
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LA
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This panel will explore the relationship between the Occupy movement, especially in New York, and labor, organized and unorganized. This panel will discuss the history of this relationship, which predates the actual occupation of Zuccotti Park. it will touch on the dynamics and high points of that relationship, such as the protection of the park by members of unions and the united May Day march in 2011. It will also discuss grass-roots labor organizing efforts that have been going on for several years, which the Occupy movement has been working with, such as that of the Hot and Crusty workers, who, under the auspices of the Laundry Workers Center, won an important victory last year. Members of the panel will include Eleanor Rodgers of Occupy Kensington and Socialist Alternative, Oscar Ramirez and Maggy Crecencio from the Laundry Workers Center and Greg Dunkel, a long-term member of the Occupy Wall Street Labor Outreach Committee
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LA
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A panel on rank-and-file movements in New York among public sector and private sectors workers with representatives of four different unions or workers organizations. The panel discusses rank-and-file activism within the context of the unions and political developments.