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Friday, October 21 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Mass Movements: Rising to Address Economic Inequality

As economic inequality in America reaches historic highs, people are organizing mass mobilizations not seen in many decades. Low-wage workers nationwide are demanding and winning $15/hour minimum wages in cities and states across the country, including restaurant workers demanding an end to sub-minimum wages and Walmart workers fighting for change in the world's largest employer. Come hear from some of the leaders of these movements about how we can build on this momentum to demand the greatest change possible. Hosted by Annette Bernhardt, UC Berkeley Labor Center.

With: Saru Jayaraman, ROC United; Andrea Dehlendorf, OUR Walmart; Laphonza Butler, the Fight for $15.


Workshop Speakers
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Annette Bernhardt

Annette Bernhardt, Ph.D, a Senior Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment/Labor Center, is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and was recently a visiting professor in Berkeley’s sociology department. A leading scholar of low-wage work, she has helped develop innovative policy responses to economic restructuring in the U.S. and previously served as Policy Co-Director of the National Employment... Read More →
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Laphonza Butler

Laphonza Butler, an SEIU International Vice President, President of SEIU California State Council, and co-convener of Raise the Wag, which successfully campaigned for a $15/hour minimum wage in Los Angeles, is Provisional President of the SEIU’s Local 2015, representing 283,000 nursing home and home-care providers throughout California. Butler has long occupied major leadership positions within the SEIU, helping further the rights of... Read More →
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Andrea Dehlendorf

Andrea Dehlendorf, Co-Director of Organization United for Respect, an innovative national organization of Walmart workers fighting to change the way low-wage workers connect and take action, has worked for 20+ years with low-wage service and retail workers to win improved pay and working conditions using creative organizing strategies, storytelling, and direct action.
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Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman, the award-winning Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC, Berkeley, and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, co-founded ROC after 9/11 with displaced World Trade Center workers. It now has 14,000 worker members, 150+ employer partners, and several thousand consumer-members in 32 cities nationwide.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room