The Working Class Close to the Edge

Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

May 8th, 2014 7:30 PM
The Working Class Close to the Edge
Ruth Milkman & Ed Ott
Join editors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott in a discussion based on the just released book, New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement (Cornell University Press) on recent developments and trends for the working class in the New York City area.

New York City boasts a higher rate of unionization than any other major U.S. city—roughly double the national average—but the city's unions have suffered steady and relentless decline, especially in the private sector. With higher levels of income inequality than any other large city in the nation, New York today is home to a large and growing "precariat": workers with little or no employment security who are often excluded from the basic legal protections that unions struggled for and won in the twentieth century.

Community-based organizations and worker centers have developed the most promising approach to organizing the new precariat and to addressing the crisis facing the labor movement. Home to some of the nation's very first worker centers, New York City today has the single largest concentration of these organizations in the United States, yet until now no one has documented their efforts.

Part I. IMMIGRANT UNION ORGANIZING AND UNION-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Part II. ORGANIZING THE PRECARIAT, OLD AND NEW
Part III. IMMIGRANT STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE IN AND BEYOND THE WORKPLACE
Part IV. GOING NATIONAL: NEW YORK’S WORKER CENTERS EXPAND

Contributors: Ben Becker • Ben Shapiro • Jeff Broxmeyer • Erin Michaels • Lynne Turner • Peter Ikeler • Kathleen Dunn • Martha King • Jane McAlevey • Steve McFarland • Susan McQuade • Marnie Brady • Mischa Gaus • Harmony Goldberg

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
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Location
Brecht Forum @ The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States