Tag: Labor

Labor and Education in the 21st Century

Stanley Aronowitz
Higher Education under Siege
October 14, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Future of American Labor
October 16, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 17, 1996, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Between Welfare and Work: Workfare Strategies and Contingent Labor Markets

Jamie Peck
Mapping the Workfare Offensive: Making Space for the Workfare State?
November 9, 1998, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Trading Warm Bodies: Restructuring Temp Labor in Chicago
November 11, 1998, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 12, 1998, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Carnivals, Revolutions, and Revivals: The Lost Tradition of Collective Ecstasy

Barbara Ehrenreich
_ Carnivals, Revolutions, and Revivals: The Lost Tradition of Collective Ecstasy
October 18, 1999, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Nickled and Dimed: Low Wage Work in America
October 20, 1999, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 21, 1999, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Unequal Freedom: Race and Gender in the Shaping of American Citizenship and Labor

Evelyn Nakano Glenn
"Universalism and Exclusion in American Citizenship"
October 16, 2001, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"Freedom and Coercion in the American Labor System"
October 17, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 18, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

"The Globalization of Labor and Fruit Production in Chile"

Maria Helena Moriera Alves
"The Globalization of Labor and Fruit Production in Chile"
April 2, 2002, 12:20PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"The Workers Party and the Continuing Struggle for Democracy in Brasil"
April 5, 2002, 12:05, 206 Ingraham

Renewing Democracy, Revitalizing our Communities: Labor's Call for Sharing Prosperity in the New Economy

Amy Dean
April 2, 2002, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
April 3, 2002, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 4, 2002, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

The Lenin Problem: Transforming Economism

Margaret Levi
"Inducing Preferences within Organizations: The Case of Unions"
April 20, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Labor Power and Mobile Capital: The Market Geography of Solidarity"
February 21, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science

Margaret Levi is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has written extensively on the bases for and effects of trustworthy governance. Her publications include Bureaucratic Insurgency: The Case of Police Unions (Lexington:1977); Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); The Limits of Rationality (University of Chicago, 1990), co-edited with Karen S. Cook; Governance and Trust (Russell Sage, 1998), co-edited with Valerie Braithwaite. In progress is a co-authored volume with Karen Cook and Russell Hardin, building on a multi-year Russell Sage Foundation project on trust. Concurrently, she is working on a range of issues having to do with labor unions and with global justice campaigns. Professor Levi is currently the president-elect of the American Political Science Association.

Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
"The Crisis of Organized Labor and Possibilities of Renewal"
Tuesday, February 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: "The November 2008 Elections and the Challenges for a Progressive Movement"
Wednesday, February 25, 11am, 5243 Humanities
"Strangers in a Strange Land: African American-Immigrant Tensions and the Potential for Unity in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, February 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
"Progressives and the Possibilities for Renewing the Labor Movement"
Wednesday, February 25, 7pm, Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Room 109

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

BILL FLETCHER, JR., is the Director of Field Services & Education for the American Federation of Government Employees.  He also serves as the executive editor of BlackCommentator.com (www.blackcommentator.com).  Prior to joining AFGE, Fletcher was the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor at Brooklyn College-City University of New York.  From January 2002 through April 2006 he served as the President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.  Previously, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. His union staff experience also included the Service Employees International Union, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, District 65-United Auto Workers in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America.  Fletcher has authored numerous articles published in a variety of books, newspapers and magazines. He is the co-author, with Fernando Gapasin, of the book Solidarity Divided (University of California Press, 2008) which examines the crisis of organized labor in the United States. He is also the co-author of the pictorial booklet, The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941. 


Jefferson Cowie
“‘No Time for Dreams’: The Unmaking of the American Working Class in the 1970s”
Tuesday, March 31, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: “From the Sit-Downs to Seattle and Beyond: RCA Workers and the Future of Global Labor”
Wednesday, April 1, 11am, 5243 Humanities
“In Search of the Postmodern Working Class”
Wednesday, April 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JEFFERSON COWIE (PhD History, UNC Chapel Hill 1997) is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His work focuses on workers and the problem of class in the postwar United States, as well as issues in international and comparative history. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His newest book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class will be published in the fall of 2009. He is currently working with Nick Salvatore on The Long Exception: Rethinking the New Deal in American History. Cowie's commitment to undergraduate education is evident in his numerous teaching awards and his appointment as House Professor and Dean of Keeton House at Cornell University. He has been named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

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Guy Standing
"The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class"
Tuesday, November 8, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES

GUY STANDING is Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath in the UK. He was previously Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation, where he worked for 30 years. He has been involved in numerous research and advisory projects, in developed and developing countries and, in the early 1990s, in the “transition” countries of Eastern Europe. He has written and edited books on labor economics, labor market policy, unemployment, labor market flexibility, structural adjustment policies and social protection policy. Recent books include: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011); Social Income and Insecurity: A Study in Gujarat, with Jeemol Unni, Renana Jhabvala and Uma Rani (Routledge, 2010); Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Edward Elgar, 2009) and Promoting Income Security as a Right: Europe and North America (Anthem Press, 2005).

From Wisconsin to Wall Street: Challenging the Power of the Super Rich

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Stephen Lerner
"From Wisconsin to Wall Street: Challenging the Power of the Super Rich"
Tuesday, April 10, 7 pm, Pyle Center Auditorium, 702 Langdon Street

Co-sponsored by 

STEPHEN LERNER is a labor and community organizer who has spent more than three decades organizing hundreds of thousands of janitors, farm workers, garment workers, and other low-wage workers into unions. He is the architect of the justice for janitors campaign, which has organized and helped win a union for hundreds of thousands of immigrant janitors. He has helped lead the work challenging the power of wall street and big banks, and is part of a growing movement in the us that is using non-violent civil disobedience and direct action protests to challenge corporate power. Stephen is a member of SEIU’s international executive board.

Oil, Politics, & Unions in Occupied Iraq

Gregg Muttitt
"Oil, Politics, & Unions in Occupied Iraq"
Tuesday, July 17, 5:30pm, 118 Lowell Hall

GREG MUTTITT is the author of Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied iraq. He was previously co-director of campaigning charity Platform, which exposes and fights the environmental and human impacts of the oil industry. Since the Iraq war started in 2003, Muttitt has investigated the hidden plans for the future of the country’s oil. Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated US and UK foreign policy over the last decade, he takes us behind the scenes to reveal the previously untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation of Iraq.

The Fight For Immigrant Rights And The U.S. Labor Movement

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Kent Wong
“Organizing Immigrant Workers: Building a New Labor Movement for a New Working Class”
Tuesday, September 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Immigration Reform and the Immigrant Youth Movement”
Wednesday, September 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the Labor & Working Class Studies Project and the School for Workers

KENT WONG is director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies. Kent was previously staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union, representing Los Angeles County Workers, and the first staff attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  Kent served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, and has also served as the national president of the United Association for Labor Education, and the University and College Labor Education Association. He is a vice president of the California Federation of Teachers, a co-chair of the California Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Labor College. Kent has published numerous books on the labor movement, union organizing, and immigrant workers and students.  He regularly addresses union, community, and student conferences throughout the country. 


The Struggle for Free Labor

Elizabeth Anderson
“The Transformation of Moral Consciousness”
Tuesday, April 15, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Experiments in Political Economy”
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, April 17, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the UW Philosophy Department

ELIZABETH ANDERSON is John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she has taught since 1987. After earning a B.A. at Swarthmore College in 1981 (Philosophy major, Economics minor), she studied under John Rawls at Harvard University, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1987. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Anderson was elected Vice-President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2013. In 2011 she became inaugural Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, a program she created in collaboration with colleagues in Political Science and Economics. She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010), and numerous articles, widely reprinted, in journals of philosophy, law, and economics.  Her research ranges across several areas,including egalitarianism, democratic theory, antidiscrimination law, pragmatism, value theory, social epistemology, feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, critical race theory, and theories of rationality and social norms.  She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present.


Sports, Labor and Social Justice

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David Meggyesy
"Sports, Labor, & Social Justice in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues & Future Directions"
Wednesday, April 23, 7pm, Room 7191 Helen C. White

Co-sponsored by the UW History Department

DAVID MEGGYESY played linebacker for seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals. Meggyesy’s best-selling football autobiography, Out of Their League, was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the best 100 sports books ever written. He has written articles for many publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and Heartland Journal. During his NFL career, Meggyesy was actively involved in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements, and was co-founder of the Esalen Sports Center. Meggyesy served as western director of the national football league players association (NFLPA), the NFL players union, and is board president of athletes united for peace. 

Social Injustice in the Global Food Chain: Labor Rights & Working Conditions in Agriculture

Peter Hurst
“Social Injustice and Hired Agricultural Workers in the Global Food Chain”
Tuesday, October 7, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Global Food Chain and Child Labor Elimination in Agriculture and Fisheries”
Wednesday, October 8, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 9, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science
“Sustainable Agriculture, Fair Trade and Cooperatives”
Friday, October 10, 7pm, Goodman Community Center, Boltz Room A

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the UW Center for Cooperatives, and the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

PETER HURST has 23 years of international experience in over over 90 countries dealing with a wide spectrum of labor-related agricultural issues in the global food chain. His activities remain focused on: labor rights, standards, and working conditions for workers in agriculture, including migrant workers; sustainable agriculture, rural development, and world food security; the elimination of child labor; and safety, health, environmental, and pollution prevention issues, with a special focus on pesticides. Peter continues to work, train and publish extensively on these subjects for a range of governments, international organisations, trade unions, private companies, and NGOs. He is currently working in Malawi, especially with the National Association of Smallholder Farmers, on promoting youth employment in agriculture; and on health, safety and migrant workers’ issues with the National Fisheries Association of Thailand.


“Against the Public”: Teachers, Unions, and the Decline of Labor-Liberalism in the 1970s

Jon Shelton
“Teacher Strikes, the Public Interest, and the Neoliberal Turn of the 1970s”
Tuesday, October 14, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“‘Compulsory Unionism’ in the Public Sector: Free Market Activism and the Eclipse of Labor-Liberalism”
Wednesday, October 15, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 16, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

JON SHELTON is Assistant Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches courses on modern American history, labor history, and the history of education.  He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013, and his dissertation—Against the Public: Teacher Strikes and the Decline of Liberalism, 1968-81—recently won the Labor and Working Class History Association’s 2013 Herbert Gutman Award for Outstanding Dissertation.  


Politics with Sober Senses: Conditions for Labor Renewal

Sam Gindin
“The Myth of American Decline”
Tuesday, April 14, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Barriers to Union Renewal”
Wednesday, April 15, 6pm, Madison Labor Temple
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, April 16, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

SAM GINDIN is a Canadian who got his MA in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the early 1970s and spent most of his working life (1974-2000) as the Research Director of the Canadian Auto Workers (and since 1985 as an Assistant to the President). From 2000-2010, he led the position of Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University. He remains active in the labour and social movements.  His writings have focused on the CAW, the auto industry, the crisis in organized labour in Canada and the US, and the political economy of American capitalism. His most recent and most ambitious project was, with his co-author Leo Panitch, of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire

On Political and Cultural Subjectivity

Stanley Aronowitz
“The Politics of Subjectivity and the Future of the Labor Movement”
Tuesday, October 6, 6pm, Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Room 201C
“Cultural & Psychoanalytic Aspects of Political Subjectivity”
Wednesday, October 7, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 8, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the South Central Federation of Labor

STANLEY ARONOWITZ is distinguished professor of Sociology and urban education at CUNY Graduate Center. A former steelworker and union organizer, he is the author or editor of 27 books and over 200 articles. His latest books are Against Orthodoxy: Social Theory and its Discontents; The Death and Rebirth of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement; and Taking it Big: C.Wright Mills, and the Emergence of Political Intellectuals.


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Ruth Milkman
“Women’s Work & Economic Crisis Revisited: Comparing the Great Recession & the Great Depression”
Monday, April 11, 4pm, 5141 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Dr.
“A New Political Generation? Millennials & the Dynamics of the Post-2008 Cycle of Protest”
Tuesday, April 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 noon, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Institute for Regional and International Studies and the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

RUTH MILKMAN is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, where she teaches Labor Studies and also serves as Research Director. Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. Her early research focused on the impact of economic crisis and war on women workers in the 1930s and 1940s. She then went on to study the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry and its impact on workers and their union in the 1980s and 1990s. More recently she has written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during World War IIFarewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth CenturyL.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement, and Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy (with Eileen Appelbaum).

The Right to Stay Home: Justice for Migrant Workers and Sending Communities

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David Bacon
"Documenting the Farm Worker Rebellion"
Tuesday, October 31, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
"The Radical Resistance to Immigration Enforcement"
Wednesday, November 1, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public
Thursday, November 2, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program, the Comparative US Studies Program, the Latin American, Caribbean, & Iberian Studies Program, and the UW School for Workers.

DAVID BACON is a California-based writer and photographer, and former union organizer.  He is the author of several books about migration:  The Children of NAFTA: Communities Without Borders, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and The Right to Stay Home. His latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte, copublished by the University of California Press (Berkeley) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana), which documents the lives of farm workers in photographs and narratives. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers, the United Electrical Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and his articles and photoessays have been published widely. David Bacon has been documenting the lives of farm workers through photographs and journalism since 1988.