Public Program: “Do Unions Still Matter?”

Amidst recent debates about collective bargaining and the sustainability of pensions and other benefits in tough economic times, unions are increasingly under suspicion and attack. In today’s service-based economy, do unions still make sense, or are they a vestige of an industrial past? Should young people care about protecting unions and bargaining rights? How do workers centers and other forms of worker organizing relate to unions? Join academics and labor organizers for an interactive, thought-provoking exploration of these and other issues.

Apr. 13, 2011 : 7:00pm

Louis Guida, Organizing Director, Workers United/SEIU
Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Academic Director of CUNY’s  Joseph S. Murphy Labor Institute
Tammie Miller, Chapter Chair of the Family Child Care Providers of the United Federation of Teachers
Ed Ott, Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Labor Institute
Barbara Young, National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Moderated by:
Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union
E. Tammy Kim, Adjunct Instructor, The Cooper Union, and Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center

Organized by:
Kressent Pottenger, Public Programs, The Cooper Union, and Member of Union at Cooper Union, AFT 6420, NYSUT 37-901
E. Tammy Kim, Adjunct Instructor, The Cooper Union, and Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center

Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street
This program is free and open to the general public.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

http://cooper.edu/news-events/events/do-unions-still-matter

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