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Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00am to 12:05pmVirtual Event
A Worker-Centered Economic Recovery
A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment
A Contested Political Terrain
On March 26, 2021, the Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative is sponsoring a national conference to explore the challenges and opportunities labor faces in the coming year. This convening will celebrate Cornell ILR’s 75th Anniversary and honor the legacy of Lois Gray, a towering figure in the field of labor relations and labor education.
The conference will focus on labor’s vision for a worker-centered economic recovery, labor’s agenda in a changing legal and regulatory environment, and labor’s strategy on a contested political terrain.
Leaders, activists, academics and educators are invited to join a spirited and provocative conversation about how labor might relate to the Biden administration, employing both an inside strategy to advance a truly progressive platform and an outside strategy to build power and pressure to drive a pro-worker agenda.
How should labor respond in 2021 to the challenges and opportunities born of the multiple and intersecting crises of 2020, including a pandemic, economic collapse, mass uprisings against racist violence, climate catastrophes, growing inequality, and existential threats to democracy itself? This question will animate and inform the discussions at the conference.
This virtual event will feature some of the most innovative thinkers in the labor movement and academia and will offer a space for an imaginative conversation about our collective future.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
The National Employment Law Project (NELP)
MARY KAY HENRY
Labor Union Activist,
International President International Union (SEIU)
ANALILIA MEJIA (Invited)
Deputy Director, Women’s Bureau,
US Department of Labor
Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
Past Chairman, National Labor Relations Board