Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Early
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Steve
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Richmond Progressive Alliance, NewsGuild/CWA, Democratic Socialists of America
Reading List: 
Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City (Beacon Press, January 2017) by Steve Early. Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States, edited by Jonathan Martin.
Host/Sponsor: 
Richmond Progressive Alliance, Left Elect
Abstract: 
In 2016, a shockingly large percentage of voters in union households failed to support the presidential candidate endorsed by their national unions and the AFL-CIO. The electoral college victory of Donald Trump has forced some labor organizations to re-examine their approach to electoral politics at the local, state, and national level. This panel/workshop will discuss what unions can do to better engage their members in political action, either around issue-oriented campaigns or electoral races involving labor-backed candidates. A particular focus will be how to tap the energy and enthusiasm of younger workers, from minority communities, who have been drawn to politics in recent years by Occupy, Black Lives Matters, the Fight for Fifteen, or the immigrant rights movement.
Richmond Progressive Alliance, NewsGuild/CWA, Democratic Socialists of America, Solidarity, CCDS