Group to Host Forum on Organized Labor

Alameda Public Affairs Forum will present a discussion on the crisis in the American labor movement from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 12, at the Main Library at Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue. The event is being co-sponsored by Labor Notes.

Michigan, the home of the modern American labor movement, recently passed a “right to work law.” According to the two groups. This law is likely to undermines the power of organized labor, and its passage signals a broad attack on organized labor.

At the Jan. 12 event, Alameda Public Affairs Forum will present the views of three long-time Bay Area labor activists. They will lead a discussion about what new strategies and ideas are needed to counteract anti-labor legislation and build a labor movement that can revive the voice of working people.

The panelists are Tenaya Lafore, an organizer representing teaching assistants with the University of California; Mike Parker, formerly of the United Auto Workers and now with the Richmond Progressive Alliance; and Steve Early, who has worked for the Communications Workers of America and has written two books on the labor movement.

For more information, send e-mail to AlamedaPublicAffairs@comcast.net, see www.alamedapublicaffairsforum.org or call (510) 814-9592.

At the event, suggested donations of $5-$10 will be requested, but no one will turned away due to a lack of funds.

Also, guests are invited to bring juice, desserts, cheese, snacks, etc. to share with others for a potluck from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Janet Levaux