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