Conference: Advancing Well-Being and Power Among Low-Wage Workers

Conference: Advancing Well-Being and Power Among Low-Wage Workers

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This three-day conference will feature presentations by a range of labor organizers, policymakers and researchers. The speakers will present local, national, and international perspectives on questions of advancing well-being and power among low-wage workers.

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Thursday, November 2

Session 1: Plenary Session, 5:00 pm

Successes and Challenges in Organizing Low-Wage Workers: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Model in Agriculture

Speaker: Lupe Gonzalo, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(Translated from Spanish by Marley Monacello, Coalition of Immokalee Workers)

Discussant: Patrick Mason, PERI

Moderator: Robert Pollin, PERI


Friday, November 3

Session 2: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Approaches to Organizing, Policy-Setting and Action-Focused Research


Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Thea Lee, U.S. Labor Department

Maggie Gray, Adelphi University

Jen Sherer, Economic Policy Institute

Moderator: Patrick Mason


Session 3: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Defending and Expanding Workers Rights in Organizing and on the Job


Laura Safer Espinoza, Fair Foods Standards Council

James Brudney, Fordham University

Claudia Quintero, Migrant and Seasonal
   Farmworkers Project

Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Moderator: Lenore Palladino, PERI


Session 4: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

International Perspectives on Organizing Workers


Seema Kulkarni, MAKAAM (Forum For Women Farmers’ Rights, India)

Lynda Pickbourn, Mt. Holyoke College, PERI

Jess Sparks, Tufts University

Liana Foxvog, Workers’ Rights Consortium & UMass Amherst

Moderator: Jayati Ghosh, PERI


Saturday, November 4

Session 5: 9:00 – 10:30 am

Perspectives on Fighting Inequality


Fernando Lozano, Claremont College

Kyle K. Moore, Economic Policy Institute

Janice Fine, Rutgers University

Moderator: Gerald Epstein, PERI


Session 6: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Advances and Challenges in Organizing Campaigns


Claudia Rosales, Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Anna Canning, Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network

Kate Paarlberg-Kvam, Vermont Milk with Dignity
Standards Council

Keith Bullard, Union of Southern Service Workers

Moderator: Jeannette Wicks-Lim, PERI


Session 7: 1:15 – 2:30 pm

General informal wrap-up discussion over lunch

Moderators: Patrick Mason and Robert Pollin, PERI


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Event Information

Event Start Date & Time November 2, 2023 5:00 pm
Event End Date & Time November 4, 2023 2:30 pm

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