Immigration and Globalization Working Group
Thursday, April 14, 2016
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Present & Introductions:
Mary Bellman, The Labor School at Penn State, Global Labor University, Northeast Region Representative Executive UALE.
Jean Dearden, AFL-CIO, coordinator of the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program.
Tess Ewing, moderator of the UALE list-serve, retired Labor Resource Center UMass Boston Labor Extension Coordinator, has done a lot of trainings with immigrants about rights on the job, work with WILD.
Charlie Fanning, AFL-CIO, International Department, Common Sense Economics: Globalization Guide and has worked on immigration policy.
Riahl O’Malley, co-chair of UALE Popular Education working group, United for a Fair Economy (UFE), works with worker’s centers.
Guillermo Perez, International Steelworkers, Union Representative on the UALE Executive board, president of a local chapter of LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement).
Camilo Viveiros, Labor Educator, UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center and Director, Community Outreach, Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council, background in forging multi-racial/multi-racial economic justice organizing campaigns and labor community coalitions.
Susan Winning, Director, Labor Education Program, UMass Lowell has been part of this working group in the past.
Victor Narro, UCLA has been involved in this committee before and is looking to get back involved. He comes out of the immigrant rights movement particularly around undocumented workers and he has worked in Vietnam to form worker centers in the free trade zones.
Maureen LaMar, CUNY would like to get more involved in the working group, works with immigrant workers and some of their faculty are involved in international labor research and may be hosting Chinese students in the future.
I. PAST WORK
Common Sense Economics: Globalization Guide Feedback
- At the last UALE conference our working group gave feedback on the Common Sense Economics: Globalization Guide.
Harvest of Empire Screening and Discussion
- At the last UALE conference this working group hosted a screening and discussion about the possible uses of the film Harvest of Empire.
Immigration and Globalization Issues and Language Justice
- In the past this working group coordinated a UALE resolution about language justice.
- Partly as a result our past advocacy, our issues have become front and center and are part of the ongoing focus of UALE.
II. UPDATES ON NEW WORK
Immigration and Globalization Program at the UN Committee on the Status of Women
Mary Bellman shared how last month the AFL-CIO sponsored a Women’s Global Leadership Program alongside the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Status of Women meetings. This was the first time that women from different U.S. unions gathered for 4 days during the UN meeting. They attended workshops on globalization as well as sessions from the UN meeting, allowing participants to hear international perspectives and participate in workshops together. Mary and others involved may write up the curriculum to upload onto the Immigration and Globalization section of the UALE website.
Immigration A to Z, June 20-24, 2016, at the Illinois Federation of Teachers, 500 Oakmont Lane, Westmont, IL 60559, coordinated by the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program and the Chicago Federation of Labor. Contact Jean Dearden for more information contact: or go to: www.aflcio.org/union-skills
Common Sense Economics: Globalization Guide
There is new version of Common Sense Economics: Globalization Guide. You can gain access to curriculum materials through “base camp” after you go through the T4T training.
Job Announcement: Workers’ Center Executive Director Opening at the Center for Worker Justice (CWJ) of Eastern Iowa. Tess Ewing will send the job announcement out to the list-serve.
III. NEXT STEPS
“Our work is important even if it’s getting together at the conference and keeping our resources relevant on the website.” “It makes sense to be real about what people can or can’t’ do. “
New co-chairs:Mary Bellman, expressed the need for co-chairs because she was a candidate for the Northeast Region Representative Executive for UALE. Camilo Viveiros and Guillermo Perez were voted in as co-chairs.
UALE Conference Content
In the past this working group has solicited workshop proposals for the UALE conference. We should continue to engage in reviewing proposals to offer our support and input around specific proposals.
- Interpretation for Conference
Monitor implementation of language interpretation. Possibly approach the AFL-CIO for funding assistance based on the commitment for racial justice. Perhaps have a bilingual track (one on one interpretation or providing interpretation for all of the conference or more than one session at the same time might not be possible). UFE has equipment they can offer for us to use at the conference but it costs around $3,500 to get professional interpreting for more of the conference.
Outreach to Possible Community Grants
This working group has pushed for more participation of community groups and workers centers.
UALE awarded $1,500, through 5 grants to cover conference costs related to travel and accommodations, additionally UALE waives up to 3 registrations from each group, but outside of these 3 registrations then the cost comes out of the grant. This year for 4 regions and Canada all 5 applicants received grants. It would be good to strive for more regional balance and to expand our outreach to get more applicants. Invite people who attend the UALE conference due to these grants to attend this working group. Encourage community groups and worker’s centers in our working group to be involved in our working group. We agreed as a group to support Guillermo’s work on the Executive Board to recruit for these grants and ensure they are good experiences for participants.
Upload more curricula onto the UALE website & post more to the UALE list-serves
- Make the website more active by adding more content related to our working group. Some demonstration materials had been lost with website migrations. We should take efforts to upload more to the website. In the past the UALE website was more active and it has been seen as a resource. Tess Ewing can help us upload curricula.
The Immigration and Globalization Working Group met on March 25th from 6-7pm at the annual UALE conference. Twenty people attended the meeting!
Those in attendance: Anneta Argyres; Kent Wong; Helena Worthen; Mike McDonnell; Marilyn Sneiderman; Howard Kling; Pat McNally; Susan Winning; Jeff Crosby; José Soler; Nancy Lessin; Marsha Love; Maureen LaMar; Tess Ewing; John Kretzschmar; Katherine Sciacchitano; Judy Ancel; Camilo Viveiros; Mary Bellman.
Following introductions by all present, WG chair Mary Bellman reported on the status of the working group and developments over the past two years. At the 2014 UALE conference, no meeting was held due to poor attendance, and a discussion about the future of the WG was postponed as a result. We also had low attendance for some of our sponsored sessions in 2014, including those with international guests. Helen Moss, who was our co-chair at the time, reported on this to the list-serve last year.
Since that time, we have not had any further meetings, nor have WG members suggested any conference calls for the group. Helen stepped down as co-chair given other obligations, and Mary started a new job at Penn State last July.
For the 2015 UALE conference, we did not receive submissions through the WG or have input as a group for the international tracks. We sponsored a film screening of Harvest of Empire immediately following the meeting. Similar to other years, members of our WG have been actively involved in the conference committee for the 2015 conference and have ensured that global issues be integrated into the conference program. Tony Michael has suggested that there be a conference call this summer to clarify the roles of the WGs in conference planning.
The attendees of this meeting affirmed the need to continue the work of the WG as a forum for sharing curriculum, information, and ideas. In particular, people felt that we could better utilize our online space on the UALE website as well as the list-serve. Kent Wong suggested sharing information on supporting unions who are doing DAPA/DACA work. Mary Bellman suggested that rather than conference call meetings with the entire group to report on various activities, instead WG members could use the list-serve to identify members who wish to collaborate on a particular shared interest.
Camilo Viveiros of the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council agreed to serve as co-chair for the WG. We still need more people to step up to do this work to keep the group going.
In the final portion of the meeting, Cathy Feingold of the AFL-CIO asked for feedback on the globalization module from Common Sense Economics. She provided some context for the module’s creation, including the challenges of how to make it accessible for users who are not well versed on globalization. Members of the WG agreed to send Cathy more detailed feedback on the module after the meeting.
The Immigration and Globalization working group (IGWG) had a full track of
great workshops at the UALE 2014 conference in LA. These sessions
included presenters from Colombia, Morocco, Palestine, Vietnam and Brazil.
Thanks to all of the workshop presenters and especially to the AFL-CIO
Solidarity Center for coordinating four of the panels and funding the
international travel for many of the workshop participants. The topics
included: Combatting child labor through trade law and union organizing;
the failure of the Labor Action Plan in protecting workers' rights in
Colombia; new organizing for the new economy; inclusive offsite organizing
efforts in Morocco and Palestine; strengthening international partnerships
in labor education and worker empowerment, Vietnam case study; winning
against multinationals, and a report on incarceration and deportation in
IGWG Meeting at UALE conference report:
Mary Bellman, myself, Robin Clark Bennett and José Soler were there and we
had a brief discussion. Mary and I are willing to be the co-chairs for
As part of our work last year, we submitted four working group proposals,
and identified several more from those submitted to the conference
planning committee to make up a full track of IGWG workshops. We made a
conscious effort to make sure the internationally themed sessions were
framed around issues (as comparative examples that could be helpful for
our work.) As in other years, the conference had a lot of great
workshops concurrent with our sessions, so sometimes the participation in
the IGWG track was lower than what we wanted. This is understandable, but
disappointing, especially when some of the presenters traveled to the
conference from another country. My suggestion is that if we are going to
continue to submit proposals for a full track as a working group, members
should try to attend at least one session. For the 2015 conference, we
could submit proposals as a working group, or alternatively, work with the
overall conference committee to make sure there are workshops and
plenaries that reflect a global perspective and issues related to
immigration. I will be on the conference planning committee.
Thanks to Tony Michael, Kent Wong (and the rest of the planning committee
and E Board) for all of their hard work on this year's conference.
UALE Immigration and Globalization Working Group Call 10/11/13 Notes
Attending: Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center; Mary Bellman, University of Minnesota LES; Howard Kling, University of Minnesota LES; Ruth Needleman, Calumet College Charlie Fanning, AFL-CIO; Jennifer Angarita, AFL-CIO; Helen Moss, University of Oregon, LERC.
Mary B. facilitated, Helen took notes.
Prior to starting the meeting, Kent Wong gave an update on the exciting legislative victories from California – Governor Brown just signed into law the “Trust Act”, a bill prohibiting local law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants longer than necessary for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them. Other recent victories in California include the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, that gives domestic workers wage and hour protections, and the Drivers’ License Bill, that allows immigrants to obtain a drivers license regardless of immigration status.
Kent also gave a report on the AFL-CIO convention that took place in September in LA. He felt that the convention was a “break-through” occasion on many fronts, with a commitment at the highest leadership level to immigrant workers’ rights, having partnerships with worker centers and other groups organizing workers and looking at labor issues globally. Tefere Gebre, was elected to an AFL-CIO Executive Vice President position; Bhairavi Desai, the founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing approximately 15,000 taxi drivers in New York City was also elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Committee. President Trumka recently visited key labor leaders in China and Cathy Feingold, International Affairs department and Shauna Blader-Blau of the Solidarity Center are very committed to global labor solidarity, recently convening a International Conference. Mary Bellman mentioned that there was a follow-up call after the convention to discuss the implications for labor education, especially in terms of broadening the definition of Labor Education. Video coverage from LES of the convention, including interviews with Tefere Gabre and Bhairavi Desai, can be found at workdayminnesota.org
Meeting to Discuss IMGWG proposal process for 2014 UALE conference
1. Call for proposals: The conference last year in Toronto was great, but a lot of the participants felt that there were too many concurrent sessions. While more inclusive, it meant that some workshops were poorlyThere will be less concurrent sessions at the 2014 conference, and the working groups will be meeting during the session times. We don’t know the exact number of sessions we will have, but it will be less than prior years.
2. The call has specific guidelines for proposals, and Helen suggested we follow the same guidelines, which are fairly broad. From the website:
Conference proposals will be selected based upon
- relevance of proposals to the conference theme
- having a balance of academic, union, and community presenters
- aiming for demographic balance: race, gender, region, age, etc.
- balancing the number of proposals with depth of presentations
- proposals that spark and hold people’s interest.
3. Kent mentioned that the Executive Board will be meeting in November and will ratify the plenary suggestions. Three ideas for plenaries:
Mary Bellman suggested that once we know the plenary speakers, we consider whether they might fit into a panel session, if willing. Kent mentioned that there is not a lot of money to pay for international airfares.
4. Our process – Mary and Helen suggest that we form a subcommittee that would include Mary and Helen (co-chairs) and no more than two more volunteers to screen proposals. Ruth volunteered, we’ll ask Judy Ancel to consider being on the committee. We’ll ask for proposals from our group by December 1, and ask Tony to give us the proposals that fit our working groups’ topic area by December 1. Kent stated that the proposals that seemed to fit our group would be sent to us as in prior years. We will review and consolidate, using the conference criteria, but also try fill any crucial
5. Some ideas for proposals that were mentioned:
Ruth mentioned a new video that she thought folks might be able to use:
UALE Immigration/Globalization Working Group
Meeting Minutes submitted by Judy Ancel
Attendance: Helen Moss and Judy Ancel, co-chairs; Susan Winning, Don Taylor, Dick Roman, Katherine Sciacchitano, Ruth Needleman, Paul Iverson (for Robin Clark-Bennett), Howard Kling, Michael Childress, Kate Shaughnessy, Mary Bellman, Tess Ewing, Charlie Fanning, Alayne Unterberger, Alma Couverthié, Jane Slaughter, Bruce Nissen, .
Helen Moss chaired the meeting. Action items are in italics.
Brief evaluation of working group’s track at this conference:
Helen Moss and Mary Bellman were elected co-chairs.
Should the committee be playing any role on CIR or TPP?
University of Minnesota
University of Oregon
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of Massachusetts-Boston
University of Iowa
University of Iowa
University of Wisconsin
National Labor College
University of Indiana retired now NLC
University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin
* add to list if not already on it
IGWG conference call
Kent Wong, Kate Conradt, Claudia, Judy Ancel, Ruth Needleman, Tess Ewing, Helen Moss, Howard Kling, Susan Winning, Mary Bellman, Katherine Schiacchitano
Notes: Helen Moss
Kent reported that three plenary sessions are planned for at the 2013 UALE conference:
Judy will talk to D’Arcy about the first two plenary sessions to see if he wants us to help/participate in some way.
We decided to submit a track of workshops from our working group. We have six proposals from our group, plus possibly two more that were submitted directly to UALE, and one proposal that was submitted to the popular education work group.
Submitted to IWIG:
Precarious and Dangerous: Work in Colombia under the FTA/Labor Action Plan
Ruth Needleman; Mary Bellman; Carlos Cruz. Sent to the IWIG listserv today, Ruth has a few revisions that she will add and re-send out.
Organizing Models for Migrant Workers in Asia
Tim Ryan, Asia Regional Director, Solidarity Center. Sent to the IWIG list. He plans to bring in additional speakers.
Building Labor Citizenship and Citizen Unions: Models for Advancing Worker Rights and Labor Struggle in Latin America.
Molly McCoy, Americas Regional Director, Solidarity Center. Sent to the IWIG list. She plans to bring in additional speakers.
The Immigrant Youth Movement: The Dream Act, DACA, and Dream University
Speakers: Kent Wong, UCLA, Dan Katz, National Labor College, Judy Ancel, University of Missouri. Sent to the IWIG list today.
China - Advancing the Field of Labor Education in China
Facilitators: Greg Mantsios, CUNY, Kent Wong, UCLA, Elaine Bernard, Harvard
Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO. Sent to the IWIG list today.
The Trans Pacific Partnership will be submitted by Judy Ancel and Katherine Sciacchitano.
Proposals that were submitted directly to UALE that seem to fit in our track and that we felt were innovative:
Working for the “Worst Company in the World” Canadian, Brazilian and Mozambican Workers Compare. Judith Marshall, USWA.
Retail Workers Organizing: Locally, Nationally and Globally. Sabrina Butt. Judy will contact her to see if they have a global (cross border) perspective on organizing.
There is also a proposal from the popular education group that could fit with our track or the Popular Education group:
A Tool for Transformation and Solidarity: Bilingual Popular Education. Jeannette Huezo and Steve Schnapp. Susan needs to meet with the Popular Education group about the proposals submitted directly to UALE and get back to us about this proposal.
Next meeting: We might need to meet again before the conference, and we want to meet at the conference, as we did last year. Helen will ask Tony about working group time slots at UALE. Note – I checked the tentative agenda and there is time set aside on Friday, 12 – 2 for working group meetings, also Thursday and Friday at 6 pm.
Immigration/Globalization Minutes August 14, 2012
Conference Call 12 pm Central time
Judy Ancel chaired and Helen Moss did the minutes.
Present: Tess Ewing, Kent Wong, Susan Winning, Mary Bellman, Robin Clark-Bennett, Charlie Barrett, Paul Krissel, Manny Ness (Howard Kling and José Soler could not make the call).
I. Reports on existing projects
A. Scope of work of the committee
There was a discussion on the scope of working group activities. Last year the main project that we worked on was coordinating proposals and presenters for the conference. It was a terrific conference with great presenters from our working group, but we want to think about what is a realistic plan for the scope of work? Mostly the conference? More?
Susan mentioned putting curriculum on the website so that other labor educators can bring global issues into their work. Tess noted that there is material on our working group’s website, but we can add more. We wondered if there was a way to see if people were using any of the materials. Charlie thought we should see if NDLON would be willing to share some of their materials for day laborers. Kent said that the national office of NDLON is located at the downtown center for UCLA, so we should be able to work with them on sharing curriculum. Judy thought it would be great to have them become part of UALE.
Kent suggested that the working group become part of the efforts to educate young workers and students about the Deferred Deportation. 1.4 million people will qualify, not just students, up to age 30. We want to make sure that the young workers and students understand what their rights are under the new rules. It is a great opportunity to reach out to young workers, and our group should take the lead in getting the information out to labor educators who can help in this effort. Paul mentioned that in Oregon Causa has already done a round of forums in different regions of Oregon with parents and students, which has been very well attended and has another round of clinics scheduled to help them with the paperwork. UCLA labor center is doing a big event on August 25 for the National Day of Action, and one is planned in Kansas City. Judy mentioned that there are bilingual radio ads available if you want to work with a local radio station to put the word out, she will send out the link. Kent will send the group links on resources for curriculum, information and materials. He is also asking folks to work with local Central Labor Councils and State feds to do resolutions supporting the efforts to get these students and workers work authorization. It is a great way for labor and immigrants to work together. He will send out a sample resolution.
Kent also reported on the UCLA Labor Center and National Labor College certificate program for Dream Act students, which will start up in January 2013. The program received a lot of good media coverage but also some hostile coverage. The program will be reaching out to faculty nationally seeking participation on a range of activities, for example, mentoring students, or teaching a class. The classes are on-line and are transferable to a 2-year or 4-year college or university.
B. 2013 UALE conference in Toronto
Submission date for proposals is Nov 15, based on the draft brochure. Judy will check in with D’Arcy Martin about the RFP. Several people noted that since the conference is in Canada it is a very exciting opportunity for new ideas and more diversity in participants. We want to make sure we know the format for submitting proposals and not just assume it will be the same. Mary noted that since it is in Canada, we should take advantage of this opportunity and not be overly attached to having the same number of proposals as last year.
We felt there was a need to have two people from this working group on the conference committee, to be the liaison between the two groups. Helen noted she had not been part of either group before, so did not feel comfortable as liaison this year, but wanted to be come up to speed for next year, and will try and make the next call. Judy will copy her, Tess Ewing and Susan Winning (because she is coordinating the Popular Ed group) on the correspondence to D’Arcy.
In the meantime the members of this working group should be thinking about the proposals that they want to make, and when we send out the minutes, we will let the working group know that we will be setting up a conference call in September to discuss proposals. Judy noted that it is a lot of work to sort through the working group proposals and the group decided there should be a separate committee to do this. We can solicit volunteers during the conference call.
C. Suggestions for committee looking for ways to fund non-traditional organizations.
There is a small committee working soliciting suggestions, headed by Guillermo Perez. Robin is also on the committee. Judy told Guillermo we would give him input from the committee by August 17.
After a discussion, we decided that the following ideas would be proposed:
1.Give each workgroup a budget for bringing presenters to the conference. Our group needs a larger budget since by definition we are dealing with organization that are abroad or have a smaller budget.
2.Encourage participation and waive registration fees for local non-traditional groups at conferences.
3.Have a policy of not just inviting someone for one workshop or panel, have them be integral to the conference (and/or coordinating with other organizations for events outside the conference), to make better use of the funds.
4.Have one funded plenary dedicated to Global/immigration issues at all conferences, for the near future.
5.Set up an ongoing outreach committee for non-traditional groups to become part of UALE on an ongoing basis, beyond just doing workshops at conference. (Question whether this was what Steve Schnaap doing already?)
Kent stated that for the conference in Toronto, the Canadian planning group would be doing this outreach to their brothers and sisters there, but that in 2014 the conference will be in LA and there will be lots of opportunities to do outreach. Manny had noted that some potential US presenters from non-traditional groups might have issues with crossing the border to participate.
D. Conference call with Cathy Feingold
Judy is setting up a conference call with Cathy Feingold from the International Affairs Department of the AFL-CIO, to discuss what they are doing, share what we are doing and look for possibilities for collaboration. We are trying to get a date in September. This will be a separate conference call from the Conference planning call, so we will have two working group calls in September.
II. Reports from group
Mary reported on her trip to Colombia with Witness for Peace. Colombian labor groups are experiencing extreme repression including murders, violence and jailing of leaders. Ruth Needleman also participated in the trip. There is a hunger strike of fired General Motors workers happening currently, and our action could help resolve the situation, she will send information to the group on what we need to do to help. Mary wondered if the working group wanted to have a more formal process for putting together materials to share, she is unclear of the group’s role.
Judy reported that she took part in a delegation to Honduras, where the narco-traffic situation is leading to a rapid militarization of the country, and destabilization. Lots of unions in the country are involved in the resistance.
Respectfully submitted by Helen Moss 8/14/12
I. Assessing the Role of Immigration and Globalization Working Group II. UALE 2012 conference Next meeting Sept 30
Minutes Immigration/Globalization working group meeting August 26, 2011 Conference Call 1pm Central Time
I. Call to order, roll call Judy Ancel called the meeting to order at 1:00pm Central Time.
Present: Mary Bellman, Tess Ewing, Howard Kling, co-chairs Judy Ancel and Robin Clark-Bennett. II. Assessing the Role of Immigration and Globalization Working Group
How can the working group best serve the needs of labor educators?
· Robin proposed that we more explicitly balance the conference planning role of the working group with other roles, for example: curriculum sharing, compiling information about immigration/globalization initiatives and actions involving unions around the country, discussion of the role of labor education in these topics, policy updates. · Mary recalled that, while conference planning took up most of the group’s time last year, the group was originally created with a broader mission. Tess and Judy agreed that the group has, in the past, focused more on sharing examples of immigration/globalization curriculum.
Survey of current UALE list
· Tess suggested that we might consider distributing a survey to the full UALE listserv to determine what people are doing on immigration/globalization and the kinds of needs they would like this working group to prioritize. · Mary agreed, but raised a concern that the survey should have a clear purpose, to craft questions that would bring useful and comparable answers. She suggested a Survey Monkey survey with options to click, as well as open-ended questions, to help focus our results.
· The group agreed to draft a survey with no more than 10 questions. One question, for example, could ask educators which issues related to immigration/globalization are currently the subject of labor/community action in their states, such as: wage theft (Iowa is having a conference on this with Kim Bobo in February), construction of new detention facilities, building trades and states banning PLAs and increased use of immigrant labor, DREAM act, new local and state immigration laws. Another question could ask: is your labor education program doing work around federal immigration reform, local and state laws, trade policy, wage theft, domestic worker organizing, global solidarity, etc. · Judy added that work such as the Cananea trip is an example of an entirely different approach, compared with curriculum development and education. Should our working group be developing more projects like this?
· Robin agreed to distribute a first draft of survey questions by next week. Responses to current opportunities and challenges in our states
· Robin gave examples of actions taking place in Iowa: rise in wage theft and organizing around this issue by National People’s Action affiliate and worker centers; struggles over permits to create immigrant detention facilities; presentation at Iowa Federation of Labor conference by filmmaker Luis Argueta who screened the recent documentary “abUSed, the Postville Raid” and other college-based screenings of this film in Iowa. · Judy discussed the film “Locked Out” (about the Rio Tinto struggle) as an example of a recent film that illustrates important lessons about globalization.
· Mary proposed that we create a film list on the UALE website, since this may be a more accessible approach for many labor ed. programs who would like to raise and discuss immigration/globalization issues with participants (could include AbUSed by Luis Argueta who is available for screenings, Locked Out by Joan Sekler "> who is also available for screenings, and the Cananea video). There was general agreement that this would be a great resource, and could be one of the survey questions: films you recommend, relating to immigration and globalization?
III. UALE 2012 conference · Judy reviewed deadlines for the 2012 conference: individual proposals due by Oct 15, Nov 15deadline for working group proposals. E-Board is selecting the plenary topics, so our working group should submit ideas soon.
· Judy suggested we propose a panel about global labor solidarity. The group discussed possible speakers, including: Leo Gerard (USW), John Hovis (UE), Larry Cohen (CWA), Baldemar Velasquez (FLOC). Panelists would discuss questions like: what steps unions are taking to implement global solidarity strategies, how to deal with solidarity in a recession, how to educate and involve members in international work. Judy will draft a proposal and circulate it to those present for feedback before sending it to the UALE Executive Board. · Robin raised the recent abuse of student visa workers in Hershey, PA – there was discussion about whether this could be part of a possible plenary topic. The group also discussed Dan La Botz’s idea of inviting a Dreamer to speak about their movement.
· Tess will send an email on the listserv, soliciting ideas for conference workshops, to stimulate discussion for our next meeting. She will also · Tess will also upload Cananea materials onto the UALE website.
Next meeting: Friday, Sept 30 at 1pm central time.
Respectfully submitted by co-coordinators Robin Clark-Bennett and Judy Ancel, Aug 27, 2011
Minutes Immigration/Globalization Working Group Meeting
5pm Wednesday, March 21 2012
UALE Conference, Pittsburgh
I. Call to order, roll call
Judy Ancel and Robin Clark-Bennett called the meeting to order at 5:00pm.
Present: Steve Schnapp, Tess Ewing, Kent Wong, Cam Duncan, Don Taylor, Susan Winning, Howard Kling, Dan Gilbert, Mary Bellman, Helen Moss, Luis Argueta
II. Reports on existing projects
A. UALE 2012 conference workshop track
Judy reported that at least eight conference workshops and one of the plenaries were developed from proposals generated by the Immigration and Globalization working group. Several participants provided more detailed descriptions of their workshops and encouraged everyone to attend and help spread the word.
B. Conference resolutions: 2011 and 2012
Robin distributed copies of the resolutions proposed by the Immigration and Globalization Working Group and adopted at the 2011 membership meeting, including: Resolution on Future Work on the Cananea Copper Strike by UALE, Resolution to Halt U.S. Funding of Union-Busting and Repression by the Mexican Government, and an untitled resolution that interpretation be considered an integral part of UALE conference planning when non-English speakers are part of the program or participating in the conference. Judy asked whether the Cananea resources had been transferred to the new UALE website, and offered to visit the website to find out.
Robin distributed draft copies of resolutions from the Immigration and Globalization Working Group, to be considered in the 2012 membership meeting: a budget request to fund workshop speakers for the 2013 conference, and a resolution calling for an E-Board committee to investigate ways of facilitating participation in the UALE conferences by worker activists and other allies) who lack the means to pay their way. document I/G WG Resolutions, 2012 (122 KB)
The group had a lengthy discussion about the second new resolution.
Judy and Robin explained the background – there was some confusion and difficulty in the planning process for this conference, because several speakers invited to conduct Immigration and Globalization workshops were from organizations without much money. The official policy required them to pay full conference registration, in addition to funding their own travel and hotel, even if they were only coming as guest speakers for their sessions. The registration requirement for some guest speakers was waived for this conference, due to confusion about the policy, but the group would like to clarify this for the future. Immigration and Globalization-related speakers were perhaps more likely to have funding challenges, because issues of interest to this working group often involve non-traditional labor movement allies and leaders of global unions with less money. However, because the conference as a whole is enriched by the presence of a diverse pool of speakers, and conference participation may build stronger connections between traditional and non-traditional workers’ organizations, and there are broader financial considerations involved, it may be best if the E-Board considered the issue rather than one working group.
Tess noted that in the past, funding has focused on plenary speakers more than speakers in workshops. Susan agreed that this is a broader organizational, rather than working group issue. Mary felt that the underlying budget questions should be in the hands of people who see the financial “big picture,” but that this issue is also central to the question of how UALE attracts participation by other groups. Steve felt that the resolution should not be limited to encouraging conference attendance by a more diverse pool of labor allies, but also UALE membership and participation. Mary and Tess agreed, and proposed that the resolution be amended to include membership and participation. Don felt that the creation of a committee increased the likelihood that progress might be made on this issue, as opposed to similar previous resolutions that have not yielded results. Steve agreed to work on revising the resolution to reflect the group’s discussion.
The group unanimously voted to recommend the two resolutions, as revised.
C. Robin reported on the results of the online survey Immigration and Globalization Working Group conducted with UALE members in 2011. There were 39 responses. Perhaps most interesting, over 80% of respondents wanted the group to help disseminate case studies of innovative union and community responses to immigration and globalization challenges, followed by over 60% who were interested in curriculum sharing. Film clips were the third most popular priority. [Full results available – contact Robin for more information.]
III. Reports on recent news and labor initiatives
Kent reported on positive developments in the labor movement, in regard to immigration and globalization-related issues. For example, President Trumka recently delivered a powerful address to NDLON, including a statement that the future of the labor movement rests in efforts like theirs. Trumka also delivered a recent statement of support for a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. The AFL-CIO is encouraging new union/workers’ center partnerships – Ana Fink is staffing this, and there is a new LIFT fund to strengthen partnerships. Kent proposed that our group could track, promote, and highlight these types of partnerships. The AFL-CIO has embraced the work of the Excluded Workers’ Congress and is changing its approach to China. There is strong new leadership of the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department. The Immigration and Globalization Working Group could play a meaningful role by writing case studies about these kinds of initiatives, and showcasing bilingual materials.
Luis Argueta described his film, abUSed: The Postville Raid, and asked for assistance with a curriculum he is working to develop for use with the film. He would like to finish the curriculum by the end of the summer. Kent noted that he would like to have a film screening in LA, and offered that the Immigration and Globalization Working Group could also compile lists of films and curricula, along with concrete examples of ways in which previous screenings have helped to promote new labor alliances, and disseminate them through state feds and labor ed programs. Tess offered to put a link to a clip from this film on our working group’s resource page, on the UALE website. Steve expressed an interest in working on popular education questions that could accompany the clip.
Cathy Feingold has expressed an interest in joining us via conference call in the next month, since she was unable to attend the conference as she had hoped. She wanted to discuss ways of sharing information and working together. Kent could help on that call – he has met with Cathy, and he also felt she is eager to work with us. Kent felt we should be prepared to propose specific initiatives on that call, and he would be willing to facilitate the process.
DREAM University – Kent reported on a new degree program by the National Labor College that would be open to undocumented students, who now are unable to attend college in states such as Georgia, Missouri, and others. It’s the first major institution opening its doors to undocumented students. It would help if UALE would support this. There will be about 50 students in the first class. They need online support, online lectures…UCLA is assisting with the curriculum, and NLC is making its courses available. Please contact Ken if you have ideas.
IV. Proposals for Working Group Activities in 2012-2013
Susan – film compilation. She is a big fan of clips, and this seems achievable, though she is aware and concerned that we need to encourage people to purchase the full film, to support the filmmakers.
Mary – get back in the habit of sharing curriculum, case studies, descriptions of immigration/globalization related events our programs have hosted
Ruth – more systematic work on globalization and international solidarity initiatives
Judy – pinpoint a couple upcoming events that we want to do more research on, such as Transpacific Partnership, G8, GATS and guestworker programs
Tess - with the new website, we need someone to update lists and web materials
Mary – should we do more delegations, like the Cananea example? Talk to Solidarity Center or Cathy Feingold for ideas?
Ruth – meet with labor educators in other countries
Respectfully submitted by Robin Clark-Bennett June 27, 2012