The U.S. Labor Movement Today: Challenges, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Bill Fletcher
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Globalization and the New World Order
February 26, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Why Isn't Class Struggle Taught in the Classroom?
February 27, 2001, 3:30PM, Red Gym
The Black Worker Faces a Changing Labor Movement
February 27, 2001, 5:00PM, Madison Labor Temple

    Bill Fletcher, Jr., is Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, where he oversees the Departments of Education, Civil and Human Rights, Safety and Health, and the Working Women’s Department. Prior to coming to the AFL-CIO, he held several high-level posts with the Service Employees International Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and he was an organizer for District 65-United Auto Workers in Boston. Mr. Fletcher got his start in the labor movement as a member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Combining labor and community work, he was also involved in ongoing efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Fletcher has authored numerous articles and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative thinkers within the US labor movement. He is also the National Organizer and co-chair of the Black Radical Congress and has been a long-time activist in the Black Freedom Movement.