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The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work presents:

Radicalism in Labor:
Radical Approaches to the Crisis in the Labor Movement

Saturday, October 29 10:00AM - 4:00PM Students: $5 - Public: $10 CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue "Recital Hall" (located on the first floor)

Featuring Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY), Barbara Bowen (PSC), Bill Henning (CWA Local 1180), Saru Jayaraman (ROC-NYC), Kim Moody (Labor Notes), Andrew Ross (NYU), and many others

The issues:

  • The decline in union membership
  • The rapid deterioration of workers' living standards
  • The large number of contract settlements that do not match inflation
  • The proliferation of temporary and contingent work
The questions:
  • Can Change to Win muster the rhetoric and the style that attracts workers?
  • Is the top brass of organized labor prepared to promote labor solidarity?
  • What would constitute an effective politics and strategy to revitalize the labor movement?
  • What is the state of democracy in the unions?
  • What organization or network can be formed to intervene in the labor movement?
  • Who are the key new constituencies of the labor movement?
  • Should contract administration remain the core of union activity?
  • In James P. Hoffa's words, should labor continue to "throw money at the Democrats"?
The schedule:
  • 10:00-10:15AM: Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:15-11:45AM: Professional and technical unionism
  • 11:45AM-12:45PM: Break for lunch
  • 12:45-2:15PM: Unions of the working poor
  • 2:30-4:00PM: The politics and strategy of labor radicalism (Plenary)
* Phone: 212-817-2001 / Email: saronowitz@igc.org *

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