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LERC Fall Webinar Series

The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy

Workers are at a political and economic crossroads in society amidst a growing wealth gap while unions are under attack. The reality of worker’s rights under siege requires a new form of worker advocacy and renewed activism, which puts the community and workplace at the center of the social and economic fight for racial justice!

September 30, 5–6:15pm
Interrupting Systems of Oppression in our Unions
Sandra Lane and Paris Walker, AFSCME
This training will explore how institutional racism shows up in our society and the labor movement. Participants will identify historical and institutional barriers in our unions to building stronger, inclusive unions that fight for all workers.

October 7, 5–6:15pm
Understanding organized anti-union campaigns and sentiments by examining unionization in the 21 century.
Daniel Ho-Sang, Yale University, and Sherman Henry, LERC
How might a new vision for a Public Reconstruction in the wake of the pandemic help to shore up support for unions and build new commitments for an expansion of public and private sector interest that protects the well-being of all workers?

October 14, 5–6:15pm
Exploring Systemic Racism in Arbitration
Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law
Unions rely heavily on arbitration to resolve contract disputes. Arbitration is not immune from the impact of institutionalized racism. How does racial and gender bias show up in the arbitration process and what can unions do to combat it? 

October 21, 5–6:15pm
Toolbox Essentials for Creating Racial Justice
Donna Hammond, IBEW 48
Allies for racial justice in the trades has three domains; (1) Apprentice, (2) Union membership, and (3) Leadership. These domains will help unionists explore the complexities of creating an inclusive culture. We will discuss the internal process of NECA and IBEW Local 48 as an auto ethnography of Donna Hammond’s reflective experience as a Business Representative.

All talks are free and open to all.  Questions? Contact the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center

Persistent Unpredictability

A new LERC and UO Sociology study on the impacts of the first statewide Fair Workweek law reveals “Persistent Unpredictability” in Oregon retail, food services, and hospitality workers’ schedules, as employers find ways to continue changing workers’ schedules at the last minute and avoid  predictability pay obligations.

Scheduling report cover

While the law is a first step in addressing unstable scheduling practices and increases advance notice and ensures workers have the right to rest between shifts, certain provisions, such as the voluntary standby list, leave room for improvement.

This study also reveals the need for adequate funding for BOLI as more robust resources for education and enforcement are necessary. For more see full report here: Persistent Unpredictability: Assessing the Impacts of Oregon’s Employee Work Schedules Law


In a follow up study to the “Predictable Unpredictability: Assessing the Impacts of Oregon’s Employee Work Schedules Law” LERC and UO Sociology researchers conducted 52 in-depth interviews with Oregon retail, food services, and hospitality workers about what it means to be an essential worker in the service sector under COVID-19. This study reveals that workers have no choice but to be essential and continue working despite facing new physical and emotional hazards in their workplaces. See the brief here.  

The Care Revolution

The Care Revolution:
The Transformation of Home Health Care in Oregon

A film collaboration by
Sonia De La Cruz, Division of Culture, Arts and Communication, University of Washington-Tacoma
Bob Bussel, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon

Length: 28 minutes

 “The Care Revolution” tells the inspiring story of the first wave of organizing by Oregon’s home care workers. Grounded in extensive interviews with workers, the film explains how union representation has transformed the lives of caregivers and improved the quality of care for the people they serve.

For more information on how you can arrange a screening of the film, please contact Bob Bussel at LERC or the LERC office:
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