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Advancing Well-Being and Power Among Low Wage Workers

On November 2-4 PERI hosted a conference “Advancing Well-Being and Power Among Low-Wage Workers: U.S. and Global Opportunities.” There were 20 speakers over 7 conference sessions, including a range of organizers, activists, and policymakers. The session topics included: Successes and Challenges in Organizing Low-Wage Workers: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Model in Agriculture; Approaches to Organizing, Policy-Setting, and Action-Focused Research; Defending and Expanding Workers’ Rights in Organizing and on the Job; Perspectives on Fighting Inequality; and Advances and Challenges in Organizing Campaigns. Click below for a full listing of speakers and video presentations.

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Session 1: 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

Session 2: Approaches to Organizing, Policy-Setting and Action-Focused Research

Maggie Gray, Adelphi University
Jen Sherer, Economic Policy Institute
Thea Lee, U.S. Labor Department
Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Moderator: Patrick Mason


Session 3: Defending and Expanding Workers Rights in Organizing and on the Job

James Brudney, Fordham University
Laura Safer Espinoza, Fair Foods Standards Council
Claudia Quintero, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Project
Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Moderator: Lenore Palladino, PERI


Session 4: 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


Session 5: Perspectives on Fighting Inequality

Janice Fine, Rutgers University
Kyle K. Moore, Economic Policy Institute
Fernando Lozano, Claremont College

Moderator: Gerald Epstein, PERI


Session 6: 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

Moderator: Jeannette Wicks-Lim, PERI


Session 7: Wrap-up

Moderators: Patrick Mason and Robert Pollin, PERI

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