Monday, February 17, 2014
Organizing in the New Economy Forum
The objective of this event is to bring workers and activists together to hear from speakers and openly discuss building union power in today’s economy. As you know, the nature of work in America is changing rapidly. CEO and executive compensation is skyrocketing, while the middle class is shrinking and suffering from layoffs, unemployment, and stagnant wages. This level of income inequality in the United States has not been seen since 1928, and union membership has fallen to below 1920s’ levels. More than ever, working people need the collective voice and bargaining rights that unions provide. A strong and organized labor force is the best defense against poverty and inhumane working conditions, which is why I am partnering with SEIU-USWW and the Sacramento Activist School to host this timely forum.
Opening Remarks Assemblymember Roger Dickinson
Organizing in the New Economy Lino Pedres
Income Inequality Dr. Duane Campbell
State of Our Unions Fred Ross, Jr.
Immigration Reform Alma Lopez