Event: When Women Have a Union: Fighting for Equality and Power in the Workplace and Community

June 05, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

Portland Rising, a JwJ committee, invites you to a presentation and discussion
When Women Have a Union:
Fighting for Equality and Power in the Workplace and Community
Wednesday, June 13th, 6:30 pm
Jobs with Justice, 1500 NE Irving, Basement Conference Room
Since the election of Trump, there has been an explosion of women's organizing, highlighted by the "Me Too" movement.  And in recent years the power of women's organizing has also been felt in workplaces, as teachers, nurses, hotel workers, domestic workers, fast food workers and others, have organized and fought for better wages and working conditions, and increasingly, expanded social services and new progressive taxes as well.  But the fight for women’s equality and power is far from over. 
Come hear four women from our community talk about the challenges faced by women in the workplace and the effort of unions to respond to these challenges, as well as how unions and working women have historically influenced the broader women's movement.   We'll also get a chance to think about and discuss what issues and struggles might well be next for women and their unions and how contemporary struggles by women in unions might welcome in a new "working class feminism.”
Presenters: Reyna Gillet, campaign organizer of grocery workers; Jennifer Graham, Vice President of Oregon Unite-HERE Local 8; Andrea Lemoins, organizer with AFSCME District Council 75; and Nikki Mandell, Professor Emerita of History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Submitted by: Amy K Coplen
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
PhD Candidate, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
National Science Foundation ESUR-IGERT Fellow
Portland State University

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