Taking on the Bosses: Lessons from Recent Workers' Struggles

Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
DiMaggio
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Dan
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
New York City Democratic Socialists of America
Abstract: 
What does it take to organize a union in the 21st century? You can learn from the panelists at this event. The panelists are workers and labor organizers who successfully unionized in the New York City retail stores of Verizon Wireless and in New York City warehouses operated by B&H Photo Video. You will hear the stories of their organizing campaigns, including the fierce opposition they faced from management in both companies. Panelists will also discuss the lessons learned from these experiences. The Verizon Wireless retail workers unionized in 2014, eventually going on a 49-day strike in 2016 before forming their first collective bargaining agreement with the company. Warehouse workers at B&H Photo Video organized a union in 2016, but they are still fighting for their first contract; meanwhile the company is threatening to move many of the jobs in their bargaining unit to a distant location in New Jersey. Come hear from participants in these struggles and discuss what it takes for workers to win in 2017.
New York City Democratic Socialists of America