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It’s been decades since the U.S. has had a powerful labor movement and recent efforts to revive it have mostly fallen flat. But there is hope for a new U.S. labor movement. It’s a vision that goes beyond the unions.
On this edition, we’ll hear from an array of panelists discussing the future of labor in the U.S. It was recorded at the 2010 Left Forum in New York City.
Special thanks to Between the Lines at WPKN Radio in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Dr. Frances Fox Piven, Left Forum 2010 ‘Future of Labor in the U.S.’ moderator & CUNY Graduate Center sociology & political science professor; Dr. Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center sociology, cultural studies & urban education professor; Bill Fletcher, Jr., labor activist & BlackCommentator.com editorial board member and columnist; James Gray Pope, Rutgers School of Law-Newark professor & Sidney Reitman Scholar; Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Director; Elaine Bernard, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School Executive Director.
1. Dr. Frances Fox Piven makes opening remarks
2. Dr. Stanley Aronowitz speaks about why organized labor is in the sorry state it’s in.
3. Bill Fletcher Jr. offers ideas on how a different labor movement can emerge.
4. James Gray Pope speaks about the need for organized labor to be more strategic and realistic.
5. Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Director talks about some successes he’s had uniting organized labor and the immigrant workforce on the Gulf coast.
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6. Elaine Bernard, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School executive director gives her view on the future of labor and moderates the panel discussion.
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