On March 21, 2011, the Kalmanovitz Initiative co-sponsored a symposium to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City. The fire resulted in the deaths of 146 workers, most of whom were female immigrants.
On February 25, 2011, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and the Labor Project for Working Families sponsored a talk with new labor leaders to discuss steps unions are taking to adopt more family-friendly policies.
On the panel were AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler, SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry, Veda Shook of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, and Larry Hanley representing the Amalgamated Transit Union. Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress moderated the conversation. The leaders spoke about challenges specific to their members as well as broader issues facing all workers. [Read more…]
Meet Rahul Vasireddy and Vail Kohnert-Yount, the students leading our 2011 Worker Justice DC Alternative Spring Break!
Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) is from Houston, Texas. She is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. At Georgetown, Vail is involved with the Center for Social Justice, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the College Democrats. In addition to leading the Worker Justice DC alternative spring break trip, Vail has also been part of the Coalition for One Georgetown campaign to unionize campus dining service workers.
Rahul Vasireddy (NHS ’12) is a transfer student from Virginia Commonwealth University and majoring in international health. His interest in fair and equal access to health care led him to issues of workers’ rights and the working poor. Outside of school, Rahul enjoys the outdoors and likes to run, hike, and kayak.
On November 30, 2010, Christine Owens, president of the National Employment Law Project, spoke to a group of over fifty students, staff, faculty and community members on Georgetown’s campus about the labor market challenges our nation’s workers face. She highlighted the loss of 8.5 million jobs between December 2007 and December 2009, noting that we have only recovered a fraction of that number. She also spoke about the paradox of our economy: while corporate America is thriving, this bonanza is not shared by most rank and file workers. [Read more…]
On November 29-30, 2010, Workplace Flexibility 2010 in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation hosted “Focus on Workplace Flexibility,” a one-and-a-half day conference that convened scholars, policy practitioners, as well as leaders from government, business and labor to discuss work-life integration in the face of social and economic changes that affect the way work is done. The conference began Monday night with a dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. [Read more…]