Which way forward for the unions and the working class? A Socialist Action Forum

Posted: April 13, 2015 in Call to Action, Solidarity

Friday April 17, 7:00pm

Carriage House Theatre, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford Ct.

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A Socialist Action Forum

In February, the Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation that enforces the “right to work for less.” In their effort to implement this anti-union measure, the Wisconsin legislature is following on the heels of its neighbors Indiana and Michigan, and 22 other states that using the law to try to hold down wages and workers’ rights. At the same time, 7000 oil refinery operators have had to go on strike to try to halt the twelve-hour shifts and abandonment of the most elementary safety standards by big oil. The leaders of the union representing 20,000 West Coast longshoremen, weakened by automation of the ports, have signed a contract but everyone knows that the shipping companies and ports will continue to do away with all they have won over the decades. Municipal workers lose their pensions. Teachers face the degradation of their profession as their public schools are turned over to predatory corporate privateers. The viciousness of these attacks, however, does not compare to the misuse and abuse of low wage, part time, contingent workers struggling for a decent wage in the fast food, retail, childcare, eldercare, warehouse and distribution centers, as well as the special victimization of workers without papers.

What is the answer to this situation? How can working people respond effectively to this offensive against their standard of living and their basic dignity? Hear the thoughts of veteran union militants who have studied the history of the labor movement, its defeats and its victories. Contribute your ideas about how to build a Connecticut union movement capable of defending all working people.

Panel Discussion featuring:

Ann Montague, organizer of the recent state rally for $15 minimum wage in Oregon; former leader of SEIU Local 503 (OR), former president of SEIU 503, Sub Local 001, and a founding member of the Lavender Caucus

Dan Durant, Hartford Rising and AFT Connecticut

John Woodruff, International Representative of UE and long time labor activist

Chris Hutchinson, Community Committee of Fight for $15 CT and Member of Teamsters Local 671 at UPS

There is ample free parking between the Mark Twain House lot and on-street parking. There is a closer parking for those needing spaces marked “Handicapped.”

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