LAWCHA National Conference, New York City, June 6-8, 2013

Meeting in a year in which surging corporate power has threatened both unions and democracy as we know it, the 2013 LAWCHA conference in New York City focuses on how varied groups of working people have built the solidarity needed to challenge their employers, each other, their communities, and the state to seek justice and improve their lives. Historically and today women, immigrants and people of color have often been at the forefront of these struggles. Many have seen the revitalization of their organizations—unions, cooperatives, mutual aid societies, and political movements—as critical to their struggles for equality and democracy in and beyond the workplace. In the present moment, faced with obstacles to organizing that evoke earlier centuries, workers and their allies are creating innovative organizational forms and strategies in the U.S. and around the world.

New: The conference has passed and was a success! LAWCHA Conference 2013 Recap and Reports

When: June 6-8, 2013


About the Conference

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Where

The 2013 LAWCHA Conference will be held in New York City, right in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Conference panels and roundtables will be held at the Graduate Center for Worker Education, on the 7th Floor of 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004.

Plenaries and other events will be held in venues nearby. For more information, see the Program.

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When

The conference will take place from Thursday, June 6th through Saturday the 8th, 2013.

The committee is working closely with the Left Forum in New York, so as to reduce conflicts and allow interested scholars and activists to participate in panels, presentations, and plenaries for both events.

Co-Sponsors

Online Registration Closed

Onsite registration will be available through check only.

Onsite Registration
Registration Type Regular Student Retiree
LAWCHA Member $90 $50 $40
Register & Join LAWCHA $120 $70 $70
Regular, Non-Member $120 $70 $70
One-Day Registration (Saturday, June 8) $35 $25 $25
Membership Luncheon +$25 +$20 +$25

Guest registration, for non-participating or non-academic partners, spouses, and relatives will be available on-site for $40.

Registrations

We are truly proud that LAWCHA is both an international organization. This year’s conference registrations reflect that fact, with guests from Thailand, to New York, to New Zealand. For a more detailed breakdown of where our registrants hail from, we have assembled some of the data below. For an interactive map, see the page for the LAWCHA 2013 Conference Guest Countries, Cities, and States.

A map of just some of our registrants for the 2013 LAWCHA Conference.

A map of just some of our registrants for the 2013 LAWCHA Conference.

Note: no sensitive data is contained in this map.

Accommodations

The three hotels listed below are union hotels, but other accommodations like the YMCA and our various hostels are not. There is a website dedicated especially for searching for union hotels in New York City, however, run by the New York Hotel Workers’ Union. Columbia University also has a list of Short-term Housing Options near their campus, most at affordable rates.

If you have questions or comments, please contact our accommodations organizer, Chris Michael, at cmichael1@gc.cuny.edu or by phone, 1-646-789-8078.

Suggested Hotels

Best Western Bowery Hanbee, New York. Courtesy the Best Western Bowery Hanbee website.

Best Western Bowery Hanbee

Starting at $219
Website BW-BoweryHanbeeHotel.com
Address 231 Grand Street (1.7 mi)
Phone 212-925-1177

St. Giles Holes, New York. Image courtesy the St. Giles Hotel website.

St. Giles Tuscany

Starting at $229
Website StGilesNewYork.com
Address130 East 39th Street (3.7 mi)
Phone 888-406-8588


Chelsea Hostel

Starting at $75
Website ChelseaHostel.com
Address 251 West 20th St (3.5 mi)
Phone 212-647-0010

American Dream Hostel

Starting at $120
Website AmericanDreamHostel.com/
Address 168 East 24th St (5.1 mi)
Phone 646-290-0461

Chelsea Center Hostel

Starting at $35 (dorm) & $100 (2-5 people)
Website ChelseaCenterHostel.com
Address 83 Essex St (2.3 mi)
Phone 646-669-8495

Three East 3rd Dorm

Starting at $260 (for entire week)
Website 3e3dorm.com
Address 3 East 3rd St (2.1 mi)
Phone 212-533-7749

Off Soho Suites

Starting at $299 (for 4 people)
Website OffSoHo.com/
Address 11 Rivington St (1.8 mi)
Phone 800-633-7646

Sutton Residence

Starting at $130
Website SuttonResidence.com
Address Lexington and 47th St (4.1 mi)
Phone 212-838-3852

West Side YMCA

Starting at $90 (single), $105 (double), & $140 (private bath)
Website West Side YMCA
Address 5 West 63rd Street (6 mi)
Phone 212-912-2600

Vanderbilt YMCA

Starting at $90 (single), $105 (double), & $140 (private bath)
Website Vanderbilt YMCA
Address 224 East 47th Street (6 mi)
Phone 212-912-2504

Harlem YMCA

Starting at $67 (single) & $80 (double)
Website Harlem YMCA
Address 180 W 135th Street (11 mi)
Phone 212-912-2100


If you have questions or comments, please contact our accommodations organizer, Chris Michael, at cmichael1@gc.cuny.edu or by phone, 1-646-789-8078.

Conference Program

Below is the most accurate, up-to-date program for the upcoming LAWCHA conference. Times, locations, and precise panel information is subject to change.

Our program is now off to the presses! Download the official LAWCHA 2013 Conference Program. Please note that we cannot make changes to the print program, nor will we update the .PDF. If you wish to have your information changed on the digital program below, email LAWCHA@Duke.edu.

The version of the program below reflects the most updated information about the conference. The printed program and the PDF may have outdated and incorrect room numbers. Please either use the below information for your final arrangements, or use the errata sheet to the program, which will be available at the registration desk.

Table of Contents


Wednesday, June 5,

Film Screening: The Condition of the Working Class

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Screener Dan La Botz New Politics
  • Michael Wayne Filmmaker
  • Deirdre O'Neill Filmmaker

Everything changes and yet everything stays the same. 1844: Friedrich Engels writes his book 'The Condition of the Working Class in England', a classic denunciation of the appalling living conditions for working people living at the heart of the industrial revolution in Manchester, England. In 2012: a group of working class people from Manchester and Salford have the job of devising a theatrical show from scratch based on their own experiences and Engels' book. They have 8 weeks before their first performance. The Condition of the Working Class follows the process from the first rehearsal to first night and situates their struggle to get the show on stage in the context of the daily struggles of working people facing economic crisis and austerity politics.

Opening Session

Hurricane Sandy Stories: A Workers Perspective

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair, Comment Ed Murphy Workforce Development Institute
  • Esther Cohen Unseen America
  • Ellen Redmond IBEW
  • John Samuelson Transit Workers Union Local 100
  • John Duffy Utility Workers Union of America

Worker Control and Community Councils in Latin America

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Comment Laura Kaplan CUNY Graduate Center
  • Gregory Wilpert Venezuelanalysis
  • David Barkin Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco
  • Brendan Martin The Working World/La Base
  • Peter Ranis CUNY Graduate Center

Organizing Workers along the Food Chain

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • Daisy Chung Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
  • Michael Velarde Brandworkers Industrial Workers of the World
  • Adam Obemauer United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500
  • Diana Robinson Food Chain Workers Alliance

Session 1

Thursday, June 6,

Work and Domination

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Gregory Zucker CUNY Graduate Center
  • Stanley Aronowitz CUNY Graduate Center
  • Joan Greenbaum CUNY Graduate Center
  • Michael J. Thompson William Paterson University

Union Organizing: Tactics and Strategy in the Contemporary Era

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair, Comment Nancy MacLean Duke University
  • The Long History of Casino Capitalism and the Struggle to Organize Service Workers in the Gaming Industry Jocelyn Wills Brooklyn College
  • The De-Democratization of Workplace Governance: The Crisis of the Right to Strike Chris Rhomberg Fordham University
  • This is What a Picket Line Looks Like:" Strike Support and the Toronto Porter Airlines Fueller Struggle Jordan House York University
  • The Modern Russian Trade Union Movement: Transformations and Autonomous Strategies Irina Olimpieva Center for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg

Workshop: Transnational Perspectives on Worker Radicalism

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • The 'Lost Worlds' of Ethnic Radicalism in a Transnational Perspective Kostis Karpozilos Columbia Global Center/Europe
    Marcella Benivenni Hostos Community College, CUNY
  • Class Heterogeneity and Class Unity: The Communist Party of Canada and the Unemployed Movement in Montreal's Great Depression (1930-1935) Benoit Marsan University of Sherbrooke

Liberal Reform and State Repression in the Urban North

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Comment Rebecca Hill Kennesaw State University
  • Chair, Comment Mark Lause University of Cincinnati
  • Organized Employers, Urban Reformers, and the Politics of Law and Order in Progressive Era Cleveland Chad E. Pearson Collin College
  • The Illusion of Reform: Carter Harrison, the Working Class, and the Development of the Chicago Police Department Sam Mitrani College of DuPage
  • 'Working with the police, you can fight gang crime': Fred Rice, Jr., Chicago Police Torture, and the failures of progressive city government in the 1980s Toussaint Losier University of Chicago

Racism and Reaction

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Comment Erik Gellman Roosevelt University
  • From the Cooperative Commonwealth to the Invisible Empire: The Farm-Labor Bloc and the Creation of the White Primary in Texas, 1919-1923 Tom Alter University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Aspects of Re-proletarianization: The South Boston Busing Crisis Evan Sarmiento University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • White, American, Non-Union: Making Sense of Missouri's Notorious Strikebreaking Miners Jarod Roll University of Mississippi

Politics, Unions, and Class Identity: Changing Opinions in the American Heartland

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair, Comment Joseph E. Slater University of Toledo College of Law
  • Forged in the Fire of Community: The 1974 Hortonville, Wisconsin Teachers' Strike and the Rise of Modern Conservatism Adam Mertz University of Illinois at Chicago
  • "Should Teachers be Allowed to Strike?" The Unlikely Role of the Cook County College Teachers Union in Re-making Illinois Public Employee Relations Susan Roth Breitzer Campbell University, Fort Bragg Campus
  • Class Identities and Working-Class Conservatism: A Community Study of Unions, Class, and Politics in Waterloo, Iowa in 1968 Jason Whisler University of Iowa

Roundtable: The Untold Story of the UAW-AFL: How workers created a viable union against the odds

Location: CWE Room 7-49

  • Kenneth Germanson Wisconsin Labor History Society
  • John Revitte Michigan State University

Roundtable: The Fight for Social Health - A Working-Class Perspective

Location: CWE Room 7-51

  • Susan Rosenthal Physician, Activist, Author
  • Gregg Shotwell Retired GM Worker, Activist, and Author
  • David Pratt NYCOSH Long Island

Class on the Periphery: Work and Workers in Colonial Contexts

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Comment Evan M. Daniel Queens College, CUNY
  • Neoliberal Conservation and Worker-Peasant Autonomism in Madagascar Genese Marie Sodikoff Rutgers University
  • Transnational Anarchism in the Extended Caribbean: Cuba, Florida, Panama, and Puerto Rico in the Early Twentieth Century Kirwin Shaffer Penn State University, Berks College
  • Provincializing the Lower East Side: Rethinking the Jewish Labor Movement as an Atlantic Formation Ben Gidley ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford
  • The Wage Bill of Whiteness: State Employee Unions and the Cost of the Colonial State in Indochina Paul Sager New York University

Roundtable: Many Pasts, Many Publics: Labor History in NYC

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • Chair Pennee Bender American Social History Project
  • Rachel Bernstein LaborArts
  • Sarah Henry Museum of the City of New York
  • Steve Levine LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Annie Polland The Tenement Museum
  • Donna Thompson Ray American Social History Project

Roundtable: Precarious Workers in the Arts and Entertainment Industry

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8162

  • Chair Kathlene McDonald City College of New York, Center for Worker Education
  • Lois Gray ILR School, Cornell University
  • John Amman IATSE Local 600
  • Phillip Denniston Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Maria Figueroa Worker Institute at Cornell University

Thursday, June 6,

Film Screening: Fuelling Poverty: A Documentary Film about Occupy Nigeria

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

A rallying cry for change in Nigeria by the Occupy Nigeria movement and an artistic depiction of the failings of fuel subsidy management in Nigeria, Fuelling Poverty graphically captures the various contours of this debate and the resilience of Nigerians in demanding change. It examines the effect of corruption on the country and the need for Nigerians to hold their government accountable.

Session 2

Thursday, June 6,

Labor, Human Rights and the Media: the ILO Transit Workers Decision

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Frank Deale CUNY Law School
  • Dean Hubbard National Lawyers Guild
  • Jeanne Mirer International Commission for Labor Rights
  • Dominick Tuminaro Brooklyn College/CUNY
  • Nick Unger Avondale Shipyard Research Project

Karl Marx, Trade Unionist and Revolutionary

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair, Comment Michael Hirsch New Politics
  • Dan La Botz New Politics
  • Kate D. Griffiths-Dingani CUNY Graduate Center
  • Charles Post BMCC, City University of New York
  • Tim Schermerhorn Transit Workers Union Local 100

The Politics of Union Democracy

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair, Discussant Tera Hunter Princeton University
  • The Making and Reception of When Labor Votes: The UAW's First Poll and the Limits of Social Scientific Authority Matt Mettler Towson University
  • Southern Coalminers Self Organization: The Myth of Section 7A Michael Goldfield Wayne State University
  • How to Build Rank-and-File Labor Organization and Establish Union Accountability Bill Henning CUNY, Center for Worker Education

Traded Futures, Traded Pasts: 20th Century U.S. Trade Policy and the Working Class

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair, Comment Judith Stein CUNY Graduate Center
  • The Cannon Mills Case: Out of the Southern Frying Pan, into the Global Fire (1974-1985) Lane Windham University of Maryland
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the Trade Liberalization Protest of 1938 James Benton Georgetown University
  • Going Beyond Protection: Making Workers Matter in Sierra Club Trade Policy, 1973-1994 Paul Gibson University of Maryland

STRIKE!

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair, Discussant Brian Kelly Queens University, Belfast
  • Cultivating an Iron Discipline: Authority and Resistance in the Vítkovice General Strike of 1906 John Robertson University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • From Illegal Strike to Mass Movement in Canada, 1917-1919: The Historical Place of Workers' Power Mikhail Bjorge Queens University at Kingston

Toxicity, Exposure, and Blue-Green Alliances in the 1970s and 1980s

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Comment Christopher Sellers SUNY--Stony Brook
  • Herbicide Exposure and the Creation of Working-Class Consciousness in Countercultural Reforestation Cooperatives, 1970-1985 Erik Loomis University of Rhode Island
  • "We're all going to be suffering from the same thing": Labor, Environmental Politics and the Detroit Incinerator, 1986-1991 Josiah Rector Wayne State University

The Renaissance of Proletarian Literature

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Chair, Discussant Tim Sheard National Writers Union/UAW
  • Post-Fordist Proletarianism Joseph Entin Brooklyn College, CUNY
  • The "Savage Slot" of Proletarian Writing Larry Hanley San Francisco State University
  • Kindred Voices: The Workers Writing Project Marshall Goldberg University of Massachusetts Labor Education Program
  • Labor Writes Sharon Syzmanski SUNY Empire State College

Roundtable: 'Opportunities for Defiance': Embracing Guerilla History and Moving Beyond Scott Walker's Wisconsin

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Comment Beth Robinson University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Dawson Barrett University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Jacob Glicklich University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Joe Walzer University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • John Terry University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Roundtable: Organizing Contingent Labor: Lessons from the Past and Struggles of the Future

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8150

  • Chair Daniel Katz AFL-CIO National Labor College
  • Ileen A. DeVault ILR School, Cornell University
  • Jeff Grabelsky ILR School, Cornell University
  • Dorothy Sue Cobble Rutgers University
  • Saket Soni National Guest Workers Alliance, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

Fighting for Work: The Closure of a Factory in Southern France

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Chair, Comment Chris Rhomberg Fordham University
  • Gendered solidarity, gendered divisions in workers mobilisation Alexandra Oeser Université Paris X
  • Catholics in struggle, Catholics in trouble? Audrey Rouger Université Aix en Provence
  • The Connect Workers and the Media Olivier Baisnée Institut for Political Science in Toulouse
  • Transforming Profane Resources into Politics Eric Darras Institut for Political Science in Toulouse

The Future of the Movement: Building Hotel Worker Power in the Northeast

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8162

  • Joey DeFrancesco Former Worker and Organizing Committee Member at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
  • Carmen Castillo Omni Providence Hotel Housekeeper, Member UNITE HERE Local 217, Providence City Councilwoman
  • Victoria Ruiz Former Worker and Organizing Committee Member at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
  • Paul Gomez UNITE-HERE Local 6
  • Neil Johnson UNITE-HERE Local 6
  • Athena Mennis UNITE-HERE Local 6

Thursday, June 6,

Reception: Opening Reception

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Opening Remarks Juan Carlos Mercado CUNY, Center for Worker Education

Join us on Thursday night before our opening plenary to kick off the conerence. Opening comments by Juan Carlos Mercado from the CUNY Center for Worker Education. The reception will also celebrate the opening of the Hurrican Sandy Workers' exhibit, Unseen America.

Thursday, June 6,

Plenary: The Assault on Labor and the Public Sector: Strategies for Resistance in the Post-Election Environment

Location: Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, New York University

  • Chair, Opening Remarks Alice Kessler Harris R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University; author, In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America.
  • Frances Fox Piven Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science, City University of New York, Graduate Center, author, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.
  • Richard Wolff Professor, University of Massachusetts and New School University; author, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism; and partner democracyatwork.info.
  • Bill Fletcher, Jr. Labor Activist, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies; author, "They're Bankrupting Us" - And Twenty Other Myths about Unions.
  • Saket Soni Executive Director, National Guestworker Alliance and New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice; author, And Injustice for all: Workers' Lives in the Reconstruction of New Orleans.

The panel participants will assess the prospects for the US and international labor movements at a time of expanding global corporate economic power and political and economic retrenchment of the organized labor movement in the U.S. How will elections that produced divided federal governance and emboldened conservative governments in many states influence labor\'s prospects? Can labor unions rely on parliamentary and legislative strategies to reverse their decline? What potential do new forms of struggle and worker organization hold for labor? What history and traditions are relevant to the present circumstances? What is the future of strikes and other forms of worker insurgency?

Session 3

Friday, June 7,

Excluded Workers: Fighting Precarity

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Chair Gregor Gall University of Hertfordshire
  • More Than Elder Companions: Home Care and Domestic Workers Eileen Boris University of California, Santa Barbara
    Jennifer Klein Yale University
  • Day Workers: Possibilities for Collective Resistance Gretchen Purser Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • Deportation by Design Cindy Hahamovitch The College of William and Mary
  • Beyond Exclusion: The Evolution of the Excluded Workers Congress Harmony Goldberg CUNY Graduate Center

Roundtable: Campus Labor and the Corporate University: A Roundtable Discussion

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Clarence Lang University of Kansas
  • James R. Barrett University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Kyle Schafer UNITE HERE
  • Naomi Williams University of Wisconsin, Madison

Managing Men, Constructing Masculinity, and Reckoning with Violence in the Fordist Workplace

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair, Discussant Ava Baron Rider University
  • Killing Floor: Responses to Violence at Detroit and Windsor Auto Plants in the 1970s Jeremy Milloy Simon Fraser University
  • Making Canada's Organization Men in the Post-War Years: Shaping Identity and Imposing Control Jason Russel Empire State College, SUNY
  • Just Horseplay? Defining Masculinity in Grievance Arbitration during the Fordist Accord, 1948-1970s Joan Sangster Trent University

Remaking International Labor Solidarity: Exploring models of Labor internationalism in the US and Canada Today

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Comment Kim Scipes Purdue University, North Central
  • Organizing labour solidarity against Apartheid in Canada: Comparing the work against South African and Israeli Apartheid Kartherine Nastovski York University, Toronto
  • US Labor Against the War: Organizing rank and file solidarity against the war in Iraq Michael Zweig State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory Penny Lewis Murphy Institute, City University of New York

Labor in Rural Communities: Class, Race, and Gender in Company Towns

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair Susan Levine University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Labor Rights and Freedom Struggles: African Americans in the Illinois Mine Wars, 1897-1904 Rosemary Feurer Northern Illinois University
  • The Geography of Union Avoidance: Rural Industrial Development in North Carolina in the 1950s Tyler G. Greene Temple University
  • Rural Identity, Gender, and Class Consciousness at the Amana Refrigeration Company in Rural Iowa, 1950-1970 Coreen Derifield Purdue University

Roundtable: How AIDS Changed Everything

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Aids Clincs Organize: The Fight Within the Fight Miriam Frank New York University
  • United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012 film) Jim Hubbard Film Director
  • Union and Division at the Northwest Aids Foundation Christa Orth Historian, Writer

Working-Class Resistance to the Carceral State

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Comment Rebecca Hill Kennesaw State University
  • Links and Chains: Feminism, Black Power, and the 1975 Uprising at the Raleigh Women's Prison Amanda Hughett Duke University
  • Sabotage: Gender, Race, and Resistance on the Chain Gang Sarah Haley University of California, Los Angeles
  • Working Class Composition and De-Composition in the 1970s: Full Employment, the Carceral State, and the Politics of Federal Budgeting David Stein University of Southern California

Race, Class, and Rights: Worker Education Programs, 1918-1945

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Chair, Discussant Jon Bloom Workers Defense League
  • African American Mill Workers and Industrial Democracy, 1918-1929 Kathryn M. Silva Andrews University
  • Stetson Kennedy and the CIO-PAC: The Union Card and the Ballot as Weapons in the 1944 Election Diana Eidson Georgia State University
  • Defense Worker Training and the Reproduction of Labor Power in Houston, 1940-45 Bryant Etheridge Harvard University

Roundtable: The Challenge of Engaged Scholarship

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • John W. McKerly University of Iowa
  • Susan Roth Breitzer Campbell University, Fort Bragg
  • Kerry Taylor Massey University, New Zealand
  • Eric Fure-Slocum St. Olaf College
  • Michael Innis-Jimenez University of Alabama

Session 4

Friday, June 7,

Roundtable: Domestic Workers and Workers' Control in New York City

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair Rebecca Lurie Consortium for Worker Education
  • Matt Ryan Alliance for a Greater New York
  • Ligia Guallpa Workers Justice Project
  • Barbara Young National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Emma Yorra Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

The 'Public' Image: Political Activism and Shifting Definitions of Citizenship in the Twentieth Century

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair, Comment Stephen Brier CUNY Graduate Center
  • "The Public Be Damned": Free-Market Activism and the Decline of Union Power, 1977-1978 Jon Shelton University of Maryland, College Park
  • "Nestle Kills Babies": Grassroots Campaign for Global Justice, 1976-1984 Paul Adler Georgetown University
  • A New Union: Enlisting the Public in Worker Activism, 1970-1980s Naomi Williams University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Playboys and Partisans, Jokers and Jazzmen: Sex, Race, and Politics in the Cold War Nightclub Underground Stephen Duncan University of Maryland, College Park

Roundtable: New Directions in Anarchist Historiography? Roundtable Discussion of The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks by Timothy Messer-Kruse

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Timothy Messer-Kruse Bowling Green State University
  • Tom Goyens Salisbury University
  • Mark Lause University of Cincinnati
  • Norman Markowitz Rutgers University

The Golden Age of Proletarian Literature

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Chair, Discussant Tim Sheard National Writers Union/UAW
  • Working Class African American Radicalism Barbara Foley Rutgers University
  • The Homelessness Narrative: Nineteen Thirties Bottom Dogs Fiction and Twenty-First Century Radicalism Laura Hapke New York City College of Technology
  • Undermining Capitalist Pedagogy: Takiji Kobayashi’s Tōseikatsusha and the Ideology of the World Literature Paradigm John Maerhofer Roger Williams University
  • Reassessing John Steinbeck Through a Historical Institutional Framework Stacy Warner Maddern University of Connecticut

Roundtable: Excluded and Precarious Workers in the U.S.

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair Richard Greenwald St. Joseph's College
  • Linda Burnham National Research Coordinator of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
  • Veronica Martinez-Matsuda ILR School, Cornell University
  • Gretchen Purser Syracuse University
  • Maria Figueroa Cornell University

Maritime History Panel

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Chair, Comment Matthew McKenzie University of Connecticut at Avery Point
  • Atlantic Fisherman's Union (AFU) Colin J. Davis University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • 'Co-Adventurers' - The Aversion of Scottish Herring Fishermen to Trade Union Organisation. Bill Jewell John Moores University, Liverpool
  • Scots 'Herring Lassies' and Rrade Unionism, c. 1900-1950 Sam Davies John Moores University, Liverpool
  • Italian waterfront strikes and social networks (Genoa and Venice, 1945-'69) Marco Caligari University of Venice

Workers' Resistance in Spaces of American Empire: Labor Struggles in the U.S., Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines in the Early Twentieth Century

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Chair, Comment Julie Greene University of Maryland
  • The Army's Coolies: Chinese and Moro Military Labor and Racial Management in the United States' Pacific Empire Justin Jackson Columbia University
  • Liberating Labor: Building the Road to New Empire in the U.S. Colonial Philippines Rebecca Tinio McKenna University of Notre Dame
  • Labor Radicalism, Latina/o Nationalisms and U.S. Sugar Politics in the 1930s April Merleaux Florida International University

Roundtable: Faculty Responses to University Corporatization: The Potential for Unionization and Collective Action

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • Risa Lieberwitz ILR School, Cornell University
  • Jeff Grabelsky ILR School, Cornell University
  • David Dobbie AFT, Michigan
  • Rudy Fichtenbaum Wright State University
  • Ellen Schrecker Yeshiva University

Roundtable: From Collective to Individual Rights: Lawyers Representing Workers in a Changing Political Economy

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8160

  • Chair Jocelyn Wills Brooklyn College
  • Daniel E. Clifton Attorney
  • Ira Cure Attorney, St. Johns Law School
  • Bertrand B. Pogrebin Attorney, NYU Law School
  • Anne C. Vladeck Attorney, Columbia Law School

Session 5

Friday, June 7,

Roundtable: Paterson Silk Worker Militancy and the Implications of 100 Years of Labor Radicalism

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Chair Erik Loomis University of Rhode Island
  • Discussant Immanuel Ness Brooklyn College/CUNY
  • Melvyn Dubofsky State University of New York, Binghamton
  • Steve Golin Bloomfield College
  • Jennifer Guglielmo Smith College
  • Mary Anne Trasciatti Hofstra University

Roundtable: The Need for Cooperative Education

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair Michael Menser CUNY Brooklyn College
  • Ethan Earle Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office
  • Omar Freilla Green Worker Cooperatives
  • Richard Wolff University of Massachusetts and The New School
  • Peter Ranis CUNY Graduate Center
  • Ken Estey CUNY Graduate Center

Roundtable: In the Belly of the Beast: Organizing Scholars and Activists in North Carolina

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • David Zonderman North Carolina State University
  • Robert Korstad Duke University
  • Lisa Levenstein University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Nancy MacLean Duke University

Equal Pay at 50

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Comment Cynthia Harrison George Washington University
  • The Transnational Forging of Equal Pay Eileen Boris University of California, Santa Barbara
    Jill Jensen Penn State University
  • The Equal Pay Act in Law Teaching and Legal Advocacy Serena Mayeri University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • "She Works Hard for the Money": A Critique of the Gender Gap in Earnings Sally Clarke University of Texas at Austin

Unmaking the New Deal: Labor, Class Politics, and the Rise of the Postwar Urban Order

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Chair, Comment Steve Fraser New Labor Forum
  • Labor and Liberal Republicanism: Making a Moderate Opposition to the New Deal Order Kit Smemo University of California, Santa Barbara
  • "We Had Tied That Noose Around Our Necks": Urban Renewal, Grassroots Planning, and the Battle to Build the University of Illinois-Chicago, 1947-1965 Richard Anderson Princeton University
  • Strange Bedfellows: The Fight Against Labor "Featherbedding" and the Paradoxes of Postwar Productivism Kurt Newman University of California, Santa Barbara

Australia and the USA: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Discussant Francis Shor Wayne State University
  • Controlling Consumption: A Comparative History of Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and the USA Greg Patmore University of Sydney
  • Co-author, with Greg Patmore Nikola Balnave Macquarie University
  • The Vanishing 'Frontier of Opportunity': Unionisation and Labor Conflict in the U.S. and Australia, 1880-1914 Bradley Bowden Griffiths University, Queensland
    Shelton Stromquist University of Iowa
  • Transnational Labor Activism Marilyn Lake University of Melbourne

Beyond the Shop Floor: Communities on the Move

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Chair, Comment Cecelia Bucki Fairfield University
  • Through the barricades: The opportunities and limits of Global Solidarity in a Midwestern Immigrant Community Jimmy Engren Luleå Tekniska Universitet
  • The Young Catholic Workers Movement and Working-Class Mobilization in Mid-Twentieth Century Chile Tracey Jaffe University of Dayton
  • "Thinking outside the PAC": Labor, Immigrant Struggles, and the Question of Political Action Mathieu Bonzom Université Paris-Est Créteil
  • Sound of Da (Anti) Police (Organizing): Historical Lessons of the Limits of Grassroots Organizing Against Police Violence Daniel Horowitz Garcia Georgia State University

Roundtable: Gaining Pride at Work: Queer Union Experiences

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Chair Phil Tiemeyer Philadelphia University
  • T. Judith Johnson Monroe County Public Defender Office, Civil Service Employees Association
  • Bess Watts Monroe Community College
  • Linda Donahue ILR School, Cornell University
  • Donna Cartwright Transgender Caucus of Pride @ Work

Roundtable: Author Meets Critics: Barbara Garson, Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • Ruth Milkman CUNY Graduate Center, and the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
  • Doug Henwood Author, Radio Host, and Contributor to The Nation
  • Ed Ott The Murphy Institute, CUNY
  • Barbara Garson Playwright, Author, Activist

Session 6

Friday, June 7,

Big Ideas: Re-imagining Labor History

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Discussant Shelton Stromquist University of Iowa
  • Chair Shana Redmond University of Southern California
  • Great Strikes Revisited, 1892-1902: Why Leadership Mattered in the Gilded Age Leon Fink University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Indigenous People and Industrial Dispute Resolution: some reflections from the Antipodes Kerry Taylor Massey University
  • Theodore W. Allen's The Invention of the White Race and "Toward a Revolution in Labor History" Jeffrey B. Perry Independent Scholar
  • Demanding the Wage: What Can We Learn from Marxist-Feminists Today? Christina Rousseau York University

Roundtable: Progressive Intellectuals And Labor's Internal Controversies: Lessons of LAWCHA Member Solidarity and Engagement

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair Nick Unger Avondale Shipyard Research Project
  • Ellen David-Friedman UC-Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • John Borsos National Union of Health Care Workers
  • Dan Clawson University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Nancy MacLean Duke University

Roundtable: The Many Battles of Blair Mountain

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair Lou Martin Chatham University
  • James Green University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Belmon Keeney Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • Katey Lauer The Alliance for Appalachia

Corruption, Organized Crime and the Labor Movement in Mid-Twentieth Century U.S.

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair Joshua Freeman Queens College Graduate Center and Joseph F. Murphy Labor Institute, City University of New York
  • Comment Robert Parmet York College, City University of New York
  • New York's Garment Trucking Industry and the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union: A Study in the Complexities of Union Corruption David Witwer Penn State University, Harrisburg
  • Kosher Food and the Mob: The Kashrus Supervisors Union and Labor Politics in Postwar New York City Roger Horowitz Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library

Roundtable: Domestic Workers' Organizing in the Americas: the Struggle for Justice beyond Borders

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Mary Goldsmith Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, México, D.F.
  • Kathleen Coll Stanford University
  • Maria del Carmen Cruz Martinez Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Household Workers
  • Marcelina Bautista El Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar (CACEH)
  • María Reyes National Domestic Workers' Alliance

Intimacy, Invisibility, and Class Conflict in Service Workplaces across the Twentieth Century

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair, Comment Jennifer Klein Yale University
  • "You Will Feel Good About Yourself and Your Job": Gender, Class Formation, and Health Care Work in and around Pittsburgh, 1975-1985 Gabriel Winant Yale University
  • We Will Handle It Ourselves: Rules, Norms, and the Micropolitics of Resistance Among Nursing Assistants Jillian Crocker University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • "Every domestic worker a union worker": African-American Domestics' Labor Activism and New Deal Labor Legislation in New York Vanessa May Seton Hall University

Roundtable: Occupy Kensington: Community Support for Golden Farm Grocery Workers

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair Michael Klein Occupy Kensington
  • Katherine Barut New York Communities for Change
  • Lucas Sanchez New York Communities for Change
  • Eleanor Rodgers Socialist Alternative, Founder, Member of Occupy Kensington
  • Gibb Surette Occupy Kensington, President, UAW Local 2330, Legal Services Staff Association

Roundtable: Following the Women: Working Women, the Labor Movement, and Economic Justice

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Chair Ileen A. DeVault ILR School, Cornell University
  • Jessica Wilkerson University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Allison Elias University of Virginia
  • Keona Ervin University of Missouri

100 Years in the Making: Rethinking and Remembering the 1913 IWW's Portland Cannery Strike, 1913-1914 Michigan Copper Country Strike, and Italian Hall Tragedy

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Years in the Making: Working-Class Activism and the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike Aaron A. Goings Saint Martin's University
  • Seems Like Yesterday: Community Memory and the Michigan Copper Country Strike, 1913-2013 Lindsay Hiltunen Western Illinois University

Sex Work and the State: Regulation, Resistance, and Labor in the Americas

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8159

  • Chair Eileen Boris University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Danger on the Set: Labor, Risk, and Health in the Adult Film Industry Heather Berg University of California, Santa Barbara
  • (Re)Framing Trafficking: Labor, Rights, and Resistance Kate D'Adamo Sex Worker Outreach Project, New York
  • Gender, Social Difference, and Persuasion: State Strategies and Individual Agency in the Implementation of the Cuban Revolution's National Campaign To End Prostitution Alyssa Garcia Pennsylvania State University
  • Resisting the State: Sex Work and Third Party Criminalization Melissa Gira Grant Contributing Editor, Jacobin
  • Challenging Gender Norms? Feminist Institutional Theory and the Nonprofit Sector Samatha Majic John Jay College, CUNY
  • The Challenges of Sex Worker Unionisation Gregor Gall University of Bradford

Rights and Opportunities: Workers, Employers, and the Politics of Ideas

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8160

  • Chair, Comment Kim Phillips-Fein NYU, Gallatin
  • Equal Opportunity Reconstituted: Samuel Gompers, the AFL, and the Corporate Economy Claire Goldstene American University
  • The Constitutional Bases for Legal Challenges to Union Political Assessments Amy Wallhermfechtel Saint Louis University

Friday, June 7,

Reception: Reception in Honor of the University of Illinois Press' Working Class in American History Series and the David Montgomery Book Prize

Location: CWE Auditorium

Please join the University of Illinois Press and LAWCHA for a wine and cheese reception celebrating the Working Class in American History Series and announcing the LAWCHA/OAH David Montgomery Book Prize. Celebrating 35 years of publishing working history, the University of Illinois Press is proud to welcome two new editors, Julie Greene and William P. Jones, to our series board, joining Alice Kessler-Harris, James Barrett, and Nelson Lichtenstein. This reception offers an occasion to celebrate recent publications in the series and announce ways the series is opening to changes and developments in the field.

Friday, June 7,

Film Screening: With a Stroke of the Chaveta & Shift Change

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Chair Daniel Walkowitz New York University
  • With a Stroke of Chaveta Pam Sporn Director, Grito Productions
  • Shift Change Melissa Young Filmmaker
    Mark Dworkin Filmmaker

With a Stroke of the Chaveta takes viewers into today's legendary cigar factories of Cuba to witness the unique practice of la lectura de tabaquería, the collective reading of literature, while tabaqueros roll habanos. From lectores Odalys, Aguila, and Gricel we learn about the challenges of meeting the expectations of a knowledgeable and demanding workforce and the satisfaction of receiving the applause of hundreds of chavetas struck in unison. This poetic film leaves us wondering where to draw the line between "worker" and "intellectual."

Shift Change is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today's economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. With the long decline in US manufacturing and today's economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.

Session 7

Saturday, June 8,

Roundtable: From Sweatshop Floor to the Retail Store: Organizing along the global supply Chain: Warehouse Workers, the Wal-Mart Strike Wave, and new ways to build worker power and challenge the World's largest private-sector employer

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Discussant Nelson Lichtenstein UC, Santa Barbara
  • Louis Guida Warehouse Workers United/Change to Win
  • Marien Casilias-Pabellon New Labor
  • Nick Rudikoff Warehouse Workers United/Change to Win
  • Walmart Warehouse Strikers

Roundtable: Labor, Working Families, and the Grassroots Fight for Public Education

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair Jessie Ramey University of Pittsburgh.
  • Kathy M. Newman Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rebecca Poyourow University of Pennsylvania

Neoliberalism, Labor and Militarization in Central America: Honduras

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair Judith Ancel University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Annie Bird Rights Action, Washington D.C.
  • Alex Main Center for Economic and Policy Analysis
  • Lucy Pagoada Front for National Resistance of the People
  • Liana Foxvog International Labor Rights Forum

Historical Perspectives on Health and Safety

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair, Discussant Laurie Green University of Texas at Austin
  • Early Demands for a Right to Know about Workplace Health Hazards: Steelworkers' Activism over Coke Oven Emissions, 1968-1976 Alan Derickson Penn State University, University Park
  • "Hot, noisy, dirty, dusty, hazardous": Black Workers, Civil Rights, and the Politics of Occupational Health and Safety in Detroit-Area Foundries, 1925-1975 Josiah Rector Wayne State University
  • Can we learn from a Toxic Past? U.S. Smelters, Public Health, and the Environment in the 20th Century Marianne Sullivan William Paterson University of New Jersey

Thinking Critically about Community in the Organization of Women

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Discussant Susan A. Glenn University of Washington
  • "What can a Dollar Get Ya?": Resistance and Community in Italian-American Women's Wage Work, Northeastern Pennsylvania 1929-1941 Emma Staffaroni Sarah Lawrence College
  • From the "Slave market" to the Union Hall: New York City's Black Women Workers during the Great Depression Lindsey Dayton Columbia University
  • "Opportunity of a Lifetime": Paraprofessionals and the UFT in New York City, 1966-78 Nick Juravich Columbia University
  • Jennifer Tammi Columbia University

U.S. Farm Workers, Agribusiness, and the State

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair Bryant Etheridge Harvard University
  • Comment Cindy Hahamovitch College of William & Marry
  • From "Roll the Union On" to "Manpower" and Wage Rates: The USDA's Depoliticization of Farm Labor During the New Deal and World War II Jason Manthorne University of Georgia
  • Cream of Exploitation: Agribusiness and Farmworker Agency, the case of FLOC Katie Sutrina Northern Illinois University
  • Struggling for Unity, the Farm Workers' Movement and the Many Facets of Immigration, 1962 - 1975 Gabriel Lattanzio University of Paris Diderot

Sisterhoods: Solidarity in Working-Class Women's Networks

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Chair, Comment Elizabeth Faue Wayne State University
  • "How a Working-Class Subject Came to Be: The Evolution of Grace Carlson's Political Consciousness." Donna Haverty-Stacke Hunter College, CUNY
  • From Farm Girl to Rebel Girl: The Radicalization of Pearl McGill Janet Weaver University of Iowa
  • Julia Ruuttila and the Private and Public Feminisms of the Radical Working Class Stephanie Taylor Georgetown University

Roundtable: Towards a New Caribbean Labor Front: Lessons of the Past and Future Prospects

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair Prudence D. Cumberbatch Brooklyn College/CUNY
  • Dan La Botz New Politics
  • Godfrey Vincent Tuskegee University
  • Roderick Bush St. John’s University

Roundtable: Global Women's Work

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8120

  • Mary E. Frederickson Emory University
  • Sonya Michel University of Maryland
  • Beth English Princeton University
  • Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama University of Cincinnati
  • Brigid O'Farrell Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Roundtable: Working-Class Tenant Struggles in New York City

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Chair John Alter CUNY/Center for Urban Community Services
  • More than a Hamburger -- or a Toilet: Community-Controlled Redevelopment in New York Roberta Gold Fordham University
  • Mario Mazzoni Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp
  • Susanna Blankley CASA/New Settlement

Roundtable: Labor History in Secondary Social Studies: Pushing Back the Corporatized Curriculum A Workshop and Discussion

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Gigi Peterson SUNY, Cortland
  • Conor Casey University of Washington, Seattle
  • Brendan Maslauskas Dunn SUNY, Cortland

Session 8

Saturday, June 8,

Roundtable: Working Class Education and the Attack on Labor Education Centers

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Chair Stephen Leberstein Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Judith Ancel University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Bill Adams Trades Union Congress, Yorkshire and Humber
  • Paul Mishler University of Indiana, South Bend
  • Roland Zullo University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Mike Mauer AAUP, Washington, D.C.
  • Liz Rees Trades Union Congress, London, U.K.

Roundtable: Contingent Academic Labor: Organizing the New Faculty Majority

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair Vincent Tirelli Brooklyn College/CUNY
  • Rana Jaleel New York University
  • Rich Moser Rutgers AAUP-AFT
  • Malini Cadambi Service Employees International Union
  • Marcia Newfield City University of New York, PSC-CUNY

Roundtable: Organizing Carwash Workers in NYC

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair, Discussant Tony Perlstein Center for Popular Democracy
  • Hilary Klein Make the Road NY
  • Lorelei Salas Make the Road NY
  • Joseph Dorismond RWDSU
  • TBD Carwash Campaign Worker-Organizer

"The Teamsters' War on Poverty": Labor's Version of Civil Rights, Social Rights, and Community Activism

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair, Comment Michael Pierce University of Arkansas
  • Social and Civil Rights Unionism: Chicago's Teamsters Local 743 Liesl Orenic Dominican University
  • A Trade Union Oriented War on the Slums Bob Bussel University of Oregon
  • The Alliance for Labor Action: Another Kind of Federation? Civic, Social and Civil Rights Unionism among 'The Poor', 1969-1972 Lisa Phillips Indiana State University

Roundtable: Organizing Domestic Workers in New York, London, and Los Angeles

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Mark Nowak Manhattanville College
  • Peter Rachleff Macalester College
  • Premilla Nadasen Queens College, CUNY
  • Susanna Rosenbaum City College CUNY
  • Members of Domestic Workers United (DWU, NYC) and Justice for Domestic Workers (J4DW, London, via Skype)

Memory in Service of Activism: The Triangle Fire Centennial and the Clara Lemlich Awards

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair, Comment Rose Imperato Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
  • Organizing Commemoration and Remembrance of the Triangle Factory Fire Andi Sosin Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
    Daniel Levinson Wilk Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)
  • The Clara Lemlich Awards for Social Activism Rachel Bernstein LaborArts
    Evelyn Jones Rich LaborArts, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
    Esther Cohen LaborArts
  • Teaching Labor: Lessons from The Triangle Factory Fire Centennial Rob Linne Adelphi University

Roundtable: Putting Labor History in the Public Schools: A Legislative Approach

Location: CWE Room 7-33

  • Cecelia Bucki Fairfield University
  • Kenneth Germanson Wisconsin Labor History Society
  • Rosemary Feurer Northern Illinois University
  • Stephen Kass Greater New Haven Labor History Association

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Dan Georgakas Historian and Co-Author
  • Marvin Surkin Political Scientist and Co-Author
  • Ron Reosti Detroit Civil Rights Attorney
  • Mike Hamlin Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and Wayne State University

Roundtable: A New Front for Labor: Unionized Worker Cooperatives

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair Christopher Michael CUNY Graduate Center and Law School
  • Michael Peck Mondragon USA
  • Chris Cooper Ohio Employee Ownership Center
  • Michael Elsas Cooperative Home Care Associates
  • Keith Joseph Service Employees International Union

Workers' Rights

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor Conference Room

  • Chair, Discussant Bryan D. Palmer Trent University
  • Building an Accessible House of Labour: Work, Disability Rights, and the Canadian Labour Movement Dustin Galer University of Toronto
  • Emile Durkheim's Reform of Occupational Groups: a Socialist Conception of Professional Rights and Social Justice Mélanie Plouviez Paris II Panthéon-Assas University
  • Going beyond the labor-community coalition” model: Lessons from New Orleans and the Avondale Shipyard fight Nick Unger Avondale Shipyard Research Project
  • Labor Struggles at Canadian Mining Companies in Mexico Paul G. Bocking York University

Mobilizing Transnational Solidarity

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8143

  • Chair, Discussant James Gregory University of Washington
  • "El Tío Sam sólo demanda igualdad de sacrificio": The ILO's Joint Bolivian-United States Labor Commission during World War II Michael J. Murphy SUNY, Stony Brook
    Hernán Pruden SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Trade Unions in the World of International Diplomacy: An Analysis of Trade Union Participation in Governmental Diplomacy in Denmark Carsten Strøby Jensen University of Copenhagen

Forging Working-Class Identities through Workers' Newspapers

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8151

  • Chair David Scott Witwer Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
  • The Intersection of Class and Ethnicity in Chicago's Foreign-Language Press Jon Bekken Albright College
  • Using the Masters' Tools: Constructing a Revolutionary Working-Class Identity in the Pages of the Cronaca Sovversiva Andrew Hoyt University of Minnesota
  • Voz Humana: Print culture and the construction of the workers' identity in Puerto Rico, 1873-1910 Jorell A. Meléndez Badillo Teacher, Independent Scholar
  • Rereading American Syndicalism: The Immigrant Anarchist Press of Paterson, New Jersey, and the Unknown History of the Industrial Workers of the World Kenyon Zimmer University of Texas at Arlington
  • Jose Castilla and España Libre: Waging Satire Against the Dictatorship Montse Feu University of Houston

The Erosion of Labor Law and Worker Insurgency against Capital’s Offensive

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8120

  • John Cicero City University of New York Law School
  • Harris Freeman Western New England University
  • Michael Goldfield Wayne State University
  • James Gray Pope Rutgers University Law School

Luncheon: LAWCHA Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon

Location: CWE Auditorium

Join LAWCHA for its annual membership meeting and luncheon on Saturday, June 8, at 12:15pm in the GCWE Auditorium. Speakers include Shelton Stromquist, LAWCHA President, Nelson Lichtenstein as chair of the Herbert Gutman Prize for Best Dissertation committee, and Ileen DeVault as head of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award committee. Musical guest Tom Juravich.

Members and friends of LAWCHA welcome to attend; RSVP Required

Session 9

Saturday, June 8,

Roundtable: The Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Social Movement Unionism and the Defense of Public Education

Location: CWE Auditorium

  • Chair, Comment Tom Alter University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Steven Ashby University of Illinois, Labor Education Program
  • Megan Behrent Public School Teacher, Social Activist
  • Peter Brogan York University
  • Brian Jones CUNY Graduate Center
  • Michael Fabricant Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY, PSC-CUNY
  • Becca Bor Chicago Teachers Union

Roundtable: Reclaiming Labor's Lost Legacy: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Location: CWE Room 7-15

  • Chair, Introductions Mike Honey University of Washington, Tacoma
  • William P. Jones University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Barbara Ransby University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Dorian T. Warren Columbia University
  • Thomas Jackson University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Roundtable: The Working-Class Presence: Does History Matter to Workers When Workers Matter to History?

Location: CWE Room 7-19

  • Chair Michael Merrill The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY Empire State College
  • Dan La Botz High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA)
  • Richard Wells The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
  • Christine Zeigler-MacPherson The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

Roundtable: The "New" Movements: "We won't pay for your crisis - we are your crisis"

Location: CWE Room 7-21

  • Chair, Discussant Penny Lewis The Murphy Institute, CUNY
  • Marina Sitrin CUNY Graduate Center
  • Dario Azzellini Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Luis Moreno-Caballud University of Pennsylvania

Union Organizing in the Twentieth Century

Location: CWE Room 7-22

  • Chair, Discussant Leon Fink University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Class, Gender, and Ethnicity at Work in the Political Economy of Minneapolis in the 1910s Lars Olsson Linneaus University
  • Industrial Unionism and Labor Militancy in the Post-World War II East Texas Piney Woods: The Lone Star Steel Strikes of 1957 and 1968-69 David Anderson Louisiana Tech University
  • "No More Sweating it Out:" Organizing Literature and Gendered Messages in the Post-War United States Stephen Patnode State University of New York at Farmingdale
  • Socializing Wages to Emancipate Casual Workers?: The French Experience of the Intermittents du Spectacle System Mathieu Grégoire Amiens University

Labor and the Arts

Location: CWE Room 7-27

  • Chair, Discussant Peter Rachleff Macalester College
  • Bread and Roses: The Evolution of a Song and the Memory of the Lawrence Strike Tom Juravich University of Massachusetts
  • Seeing Color and Gender: Local 65 Distributive Workers' Union Rank-and-File Photographers and the Representation of Diversity Carol Quirke SUNY, Old Westbury
  • Historical Memory and Commemoration as Activism: On Equal Terms Susan Eisenberg Brandeis University

Roundtable: Mother Jones Three Ways : A Workshop for Teachers

Location: CWE Room 7-33

  • Rosemary Feurer Northern Illinois University
  • Leigh Campbell-Hale Fairview High School

Comparative Labor History in the 20th Century: States, Unions, Struggles

Location: CWE Room 7-50

  • Chair, Discussant Jennifer Klein Yale University
  • The Oilfields Workers' Trade Union and Working Class Political Formations Godfrey Vincent Tuskegee University
  • The Golden Age of Charrismo: Workers, Authoritarianism, and the Political Machinery of Post-Revolutionary Mexico Michael Snodgrass Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Worker Resistance in Times of Austerity - British Public Sector Workers in 1979 and Today Tara Martin Central Ohio Technical College
  • Labor and Exctractivism in the Andes: Colombian Coal unions and Twenty-First Century Socialism Aviva Chomsky Salem State University

Roundtable: "Let's Get to Work": Roundtable on Community, Labor, and City Victories in New Haven

Location: CWE Room 7-51

  • Tyisha Walker Local 35 UNITE-HERE, Board of Alderman
  • Major Ruth New Haven Works
  • Delphine Clyburn Board of Alderman
  • Barbara Vereen Local 34, UNITE-HERE
  • Mary Reynolds New Haven Works

Feminist Labor Organizing in the 1970s

Location: CWE Room 7-52

  • Chair, Comment Robyn Spencer Lehman College
  • Socialist Feminists Organize: Boston and Chicago Linda Gordon New York University
  • New York City Day Care Campaign 1976-1974 Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall SUNY, Old Westbury
  • Feminism, Coalition Politics, and Domestic Workers' Campaign for Minimum Wage Premilla Nadasen Queens College, CUNY

Roundtable: Building a Living Wage Movement in New York City, 2005 to 2012

Location: BMCC, 8th Floor, Room 8120

  • Chair Jeff Eichler Retail Organizing Project, 2004-2012
  • Ava Farkas Living Wage NYC Campaign, 2009-2012
  • Edison Bond, Jr. Ella Baker Fellow, Micah Institute, New York Theological Seminary
  • Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
  • Michael Yellin LRA Consulting

Saturday, June 8,

Plenary: Looking Forward: New Directions and Strategies for Labor

Location: The Great Hall, Cooper Union

  • Opening Remarks John Wilhelm Past President, UNITE-HERE
  • Chair Ruth Milkman CUNY Graduate Center and Murphy Institute for Worker Education
  • Ed Ott Past President, New York Central Labor Council
  • Jaribu Hill Executive Director, Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights
  • Erik Forman Jimmy John’s Workers Union, Industrial Workers of the World
  • Linda Burnham Research Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Closing Remarks Elaine Bernard Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Where: The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, (@ 3rd Ave) New York, NY 10003 (directions)

The LAWCHA closing plenary will examine the recent past and future prospects for labor and the working class. Speakers will examine and reflect on the decline of organized labor since the 1960s and offer new directions for the labor movement. They include labor leaders, activists, and academics, who will shed light on recent initiatives to rebuild a vibrant workers' movement at the grassroots through community-labor organizations, traditional trade unions, and new forms of worker organization, drawing on organizing tactics and forms of collective action in which immigrants, people of color, and women workers have played central roles. These efforts will take note of the challenges and opportunities that new movements face in the rapidly changing global neoliberal economic system.

Sunday, June 9,

Tour: Museum of the City of New York: Exhibit on Activist New York

  • Guide Stephen Petrus Museum of the City of New York

Join Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow Stephen Petrus at the Museum of the City of New York for a tour of the exhibition Activist New York, an exploration of the history of social activism in the city from the colonial era to the present. The exhibition shows that reform and radical movements that flourished in New York often had national implications. On issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom, New Yorkers have mobilized to advance fresh agendas. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.

The guided tour is limited to 25 participants, so registration is required. To register, email Stephen Petrus.