Going Big: Reversing Trump's Agenda & Modernizing Labor Rights

Civic NYC • 2 October 2019
Event date 15 Nov '19 08:30 am - 10:30 am
Event location The Murphy Institute - CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies • 25 West 43rd St., 18th floor, New York, 10036, NY, United States
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*Going Big: Reversing Trump's Agenda & Modernizing Labor Rights*

Featured speakers include:

Randi Weingarten -- President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT);

Steven Greenhouse -- Longtime New York Times labor journalist and author of the new book, *Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor.*

Vincent Alvarez -- President of the NYC Central Labor Council

Although union density is near an all-time low, labor activism has surged in many sectors. From adjunct faculty to video game developers, digital media workers, platform app drivers, and public school teachers, labor movement activism is growing in a number of key sectors. This is happening as many full-time jobs with benefits are disappearing, consumer/student debt is skyrocketing, the “gig economy” is expanding, and economic insecurity is increasing for American workers and families. Housing and child care costs – which heavily impact workers’ income, wealth, and health – have also become more burdensome for many families. Under President Trump, a number of worker rights and protections have been weakened or denied, including:

• No movement toward federal minimum wage increase
• Weak overtime protections for salaried workers
• Allowing employers to self-report wage violations and escape penalties
• Siding with employers against rights of gay and transgender workers
• (Mis)classifying Uber drivers and others as independent contractors, denying them basic rights
• Continuing ‘Right-to-Work’ efforts kickstarted by Supreme Court’s Janus decision
• Restricting workers’ right to organize at franchised businesses like McDonald’s
• De-funding and weakening OSHA

What should be Democrats’ top policy priorities to strengthen all workers’ rights? What are the most significant gaps and weaknesses in protections for worker organizing and economic rights today? ‘Right-to-work’ laws? Legal constraints against strikes and other worker actions? Minimum wage? The growing numbers of workers who fall outside the protections of the NLRA? Lack of livable safety net benefits for displaced and underemployed workers? Lack of protections for flex/gig workers? What new policies would best promote stronger worker protections and greater economic justice?

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3 weeks agoAdd to Calender 2019-11-15 13:30:00 2019-11-15 13:30:00 Going Big: Reversing Trump's Agenda & Modernizing Labor Rights *Going Big: Reversing Trump's Agenda & Modernizing Labor Rights* Featured speakers include: Randi Weingarten -- President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Steven Greenhouse -- Longtime New York Times labor journalist and author of the new book, *Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor.* Vincent Alvarez -- President of the NYC Central Labor Council Although union density is near an all-time low, labor activism has surged in many sectors. From adjunct faculty to video game developers, digital media workers, platform app drivers, and public school teachers, labor movement activism is growing in a number of key sectors. This is happening as many full-time jobs with benefits are disappearing, consumer/student debt is skyrocketing, the “gig economy” is expanding, and economic insecurity is increasing for American workers and families. Housing and child care costs – which heavily impact workers’ income, wealth, and health – have also become more burdensome for many families. Under President Trump, a number of worker rights and protections have been weakened or denied, including: • No movement toward federal minimum wage increase • Weak overtime protections for salaried workers • Allowing employers to self-report wage violations and escape penalties • Siding with employers against rights of gay and transgender workers • (Mis)classifying Uber drivers and others as independent contractors, denying them basic rights • Continuing ‘Right-to-Work’ efforts kickstarted by Supreme Court’s Janus decision • Restricting workers’ right to organize at franchised businesses like McDonald’s • De-funding and weakening OSHA What should be Democrats’ top policy priorities to strengthen all workers’ rights? What are the most significant gaps and weaknesses in protections for worker organizing and economic rights today? ‘Right-to-work’ laws? Legal constraints against strikes and other worker actions? Minimum wage? The growing numbers of workers who fall outside the protections of the NLRA? Lack of livable safety net benefits for displaced and underemployed workers? Lack of protections for flex/gig workers? What new policies would best promote stronger worker protections and greater economic justice? The Murphy Institute - CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies America/New_York public Economic Justice #unions #labor