Reviving the Labor Movement in a Postindustrial Society

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
WSU Manoogian: 289
Full Description: 

Tens of thousands of industrial jobs have been lost in the industrial Midwest, leaving workers facing uncertain futures. Some may pursue education, while some may take jobs in the service sector, either of which is likely to put them in more debt and/or in low wage jobs. The labor movement, particularly within the auto industry, helped create the middle class. Organized Labor and its membership have been reduced substantially. How can organized labor answer the cries of the working class once again in this new economy? How can the labor movement reinvent itself so that it can once again be the force for the working class that it once was? The answers to these and many other questions are important to explore in order to provide millions of workers a living wage, and are particularly important to Detroit and its residents as the City has been hit harder than most and continues to struggle to move from an industrial to a postindustrial economy.

Participants will be encouraged to participate in a productive discussion regarding the issues aforementioned, and will be asked to provide suggestions for strategies that can be employed from a grassroots level to a new social movement that once again speak for the working class.

Organizer Name: 
Michelle Proctor
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Madonna University
Organizing a Labor Movement for the 21st Century: crisis and opportunities
Detroit and the Rust Belt
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