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Workshop | April 2015

Bard Labor Workshop

The State of Labor, New Models of Organizing, and the Future of Work

Levy Economics Institute
Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
April 20, 2015

Cosponsored by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and SEIU 775

This daylong workshop will address three primary themes: the state of the American labor movement, the future of work, and new models of organizing and worker power. An expert panel will address each topic, followed by a Q&A session.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Azfar Khan:; 845-758-7776. To download the workshop flyer, click here.



10:00−10:15 a.m. Introduction
David Kettler, Bard College
10:15−10:50 a.m. Keynote
David Rolf, SEIU 775
10:50 a.m. − 12:00 p.m. Panel 1: State of the Unions
Labor experts from academia, nonprofits, and the private sector will take a deep dive into the state of the American labor movement and explore where it may be headed.
MODERATOR: Ruth Milkman, City University of New York
PANELISTS: Keith Mestrich, Amalgamated Bank
Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School
Haeyoung Yoon, National Employment Law Project
Stephanie Luce, City University of New York
12:00−1:10 p.m. Lunch Break
1:10−2:20 p.m. Panel 2: The Future of Work
This panel features thinkers from diverse fields investigating the future of work, including the changing nature of jobs, the workplace, and attitudes toward work.
MODERATOR: Dorian Warren, Columbia University
PANELISTS: Andy Stern, Columbia University
Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute
Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute
Tom Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:20−2:40 p.m. Break
2:40−3:50 p.m. Panel 3: New Models of Organizing and Worker Power
The worker organizers, philanthropists, academics, and activists on this panel will discuss new models for building worker power, examples of successful experiments, what we have learned, and where the movement should go from here.
MODERATOR: Janice Fine, Rutgers University
PANELISTS: Carmen Rojas, The Workers Lab
Dan Cantor, Working Families Party
Rick McGahey, The New School
Dan Beckmann, IB5K
3:50−4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m. Reception

Press Contact

Mark Primoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 845-758-7412
Fax: 845-758-7411
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