City College hosts labor conference

Tom Gustafson

Students, unionists, and other community members and activists attended “Labor and Community in Times of Crisis,” a day-long conference in the Education Technology Center on March 4.

Discussion panels were chaired primarily by City College faculty. From “Maquiladora Workers’ Struggle” with Chicano Studies professor Enrique Davalos to “Women in Labor” with labor studies coordinator Kelly Mayhew and “Student Activism” with political science professor Larissa Dorman, the panels discussed a diverse array of issues.

According to a promotional flier, the conference was geared toward fostering “connections between workers in different unions, workers centers, communities, industries and countries to strengthen the movement – from the bottom up.”

“Corporate America has created the worst crisis for communities and workers in decades,” the flier added.

The conference was co-sponsored by the AFT Local 1931, the United Domestic Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135.