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If you presented a paper, a workshop design, a PowerPoint or other presentation at the 2015 conference in Orlando, FL, and are willing to share it, please send it in to the Website Moderator.

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Elise Bryant and Yvette De La Cruz: "Connecting the Dots: Racism, the Economy and Labor"

Abstract:"Participants will be able to engage in a detailed examination of the impact of racism on social/economic forces and labor unions. The goal is to inspire local unions to develop work groups that will continue the dialogue at the local level."

Outline & handout
document Connecting the Dots Workshop (23 KB)

Cedric deLeon: “Black from White: How Civil Rights and Labor Rights Became Separate Freedoms with the U.S. Civil War”

Abstract: "This paper historicizes the recent confrontation between Black Lives Matter activists and Bernie Sanders in Seattle by tracing the separation of the struggles for civil and labor rights to the northern victory in the U.S. Civil War. In contrast to scholars of whiteness who typically trace this separation to the racial contradictions of the New Deal welfare state, I go farther back to the struggles against the expansion of slavery and in support of the eighthour day. Drawing on archival data from nineteenth-century Chicago, I argue that the postbellum labor movement framed the black civil rights agenda as already accomplished by the war, while insisting that the struggle to liberate white men from wage slavery had been unfairly forestalled. By addressing the organizational isolation of the labor and civil rights movements in this way, the paper addresses two subjects of importance to the call for papers."

Paper and PowerPoint
document Black from White (105 KB)

document Black from White ppt (4.82 MB)


Irene Jansen: “CUPE Anti-Racism Struggles in Canada and Across Borders, 1963 to Present”

Abstract:"The Canadian Union of Public Employees ...share[s] its digital timeline of equality breakthroughs over 52 years and how the project is being used in member and staff education to inform current anti-racism activism. The purposes of the display are to:(1) present the CUPE equality history project with stories and lessons most relevant to the conference theme and (2) invite dialogue about successful union anti-racism strategies. CUPE has been a lead union in Canada, championing equity and social unionism. Through the equality history project, we traced our role in key human rights struggles in Canada and internationally. The digital timeline describes in text and images more than 200 breakthroughs since our inception in 1963, covering bargaining, political action, organizing and education. We are using the data in our new weeklong labour history course and in equity workshops, using popular education methods."

document CUPE Equality History Project (14.13 MB)


Michelle Kaminski: “Comparing Face to Face and On-Line Labor Education: Financial Education for Union Members”

Abstract:"How does on-line labor education compare to face-to-face education programs? We present the results of three years of evaluation research that compares these two delivery methods. While the programs are not identical, two factors make them suitable for comparison. First, they are all on the same topic: financial education. Second, they were designed by the same people, so they incorporate the same expertise and the same approach to curriculum design. Data were collected from 256 participants in face-to-face programs and 102 people who used the website version. Results will compare participant ratings and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach."

PowerPoint presentation
document Face-to-Face and On-line Training (124 KB)


Emily Labarbera-Twarog: “A Roadmap of the Impact of Women’s Labor Leadership Education”

Abstract: "A visual roadmap of how women’s labor education helps to development leadership skills that impacts the workplace, the union, and communities. Engaging with previous research by other social scientists and educators as well as my own current qualitative and quantitative research, I will offer a visual representation of how women’s programming is more necessary that in the past. In this poster, I will argue that programs such as the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference should be the norm rather than the exception. I will also demonstrate how one union – the United Steel Workers – is using their Women of Steel program to build women’s leadership in their union. Through a longitudinal study of USW District 7’s initiative to establish a four-year, Women of Steel education program, I am documenting the process by which the Women of Steel committees are evolving from social service organizations to leadership committees that engage and train women to take on more leadership within their workplace and union."

pdf Roadmap (1.84 MB)


Kai Lai, Adriane Paavo and Barb Thomas: Invisible Minority: Working with White Privilege

Workshop abstract: "This workshop demonstration would try out a couple of tools with participants that we have developed to provoke: a) discussion of white rank/privilege and how to work consciously with it in the struggle for justice, and b) a sharing of other ideas and activities participants bring that we might all try in our teaching and facilitating. We hope the workshop will generate new ideas emerging from the synergy of the group who attends."

Workshop materials and links to further reading
document Invisible Minority workshop materials (154 KB)

document Invisible Minority links (161 KB)


Hester Lipscomb, Clayton Sinyai and Ashley Shoenfisch: “Unions seek to protect the health and safety of their members”

Abstract: Dozens of labor organizations sponsor occupational safety and health training programs. But do these programs prevent workplace injuries and illnesses – and if so, can we prove it? The authors are analyzing a dataset of Washington State Carpenters’ Union members and of Washington State workmen’s compensation claims to identify any association between safety training and claims activity. The presentation will examine the results and explore the implications for union bargaining and policy initiatives in occupational safety and health.

Pdf version of presentation
pdf Union Sponsored OSHA training and health outcomes (1013 KB)


Tom Marvin: “Connecting University Labor Education with the Community by Co-Designing a Course on Organizing”

Abstract:"The Sam Masarachia Scholars program’s first-year seminar has evolved from an academic course to a hybrid, combining elements of popular education with service learning and a student-led campus organizing project, which provides practice in a familiar environment, building confidence. Role-playing scenarios prepare students to conduct one-on-ones, tabling, and house visits for local labor unions and community groups. Currently eight local organizers are conducting a thorough review of the curriculum. The presentation will trace the evolution of the course and describe the new directions that emerge from the cooperative design process."

PowerPoint presentation
document Connecting Labor Ed with the Community (8.41 MB)


Sanjay Pinto and KC Wagner, Moderators: Training and Education in the Domestic Work Industry: Defining Goals and Understanding Impact

Session abstract:"While domestic worker training programs have been developed in New York and across the country, we know relatively little about their impact. How much do domestic workers actually learn through their participation in these programs? And is there a measurable impact on their ability to find work and command higher wages? Drawing on data gathered from recent training participants, this panel session will report the results of research that helps to address these questions. It will also engage representatives from relevant worker organizations in a conversation about the role of training and workforce development in their broader programmatic agendas." 

PowerPoint presentation
document Domestic worker training (2.02 MB)


Nick Wertsch: “Just Employment on University Campuses”

Abstract: "This paper focuses on how those communities – particularly institutions of higher education in the US – have been able to develop and implement their own just employment policies that pay a living wage to campus workers and protect their right to organize. While most attempts to implement a living wage policy or protect the right of workers to organize focus on action from the government, there are strong examples of how community-based anchor institutions can play a critical role in forging a new norm that better serves workers."

Paper, Model Policy, and Guide to Model Policy
pdf Just Employment on University Campuses (210 KB)
pdf Just Employment Policy Model (154 KB)
pdf Just Employment Policy Guide (271 KB)