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LRAN 2021 Conference: “What Did Workers Teach Us in 2020?”

The 10th annual Labor Research Action Network (LRAN) conference was held virtually on June 16th and 17th, with in person gatherings in DC, Boston and LA. It was our largest attendance yet with nearly 250 people registered. With the theme “What Did Workers Teach Us in 2020?” we heard from labor campaigners and scholars from across the country who’ve been engaged in building collective worker power and confronting the massive challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic. People shared lessons learned through campaigns and research across a range of sectors (education, service, warehousing) and involving a multitude of issues (safety & health, immigration, racial justice). The keynote session spotlighted the effort by Amazon workers in Bessemer to organize. Moderator Steven Pitts of the Black Work Talk podcast generated a thoughtful and candid conversation with RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and RWDSU Midsouth Council organizer Michael Foster. Our 2020 LRAN New Scholar award grantees also shared their research at the conference, which raised over $24,000 towards the 2022 grant competition.

Check out the conference program here.

Thank you to the following conference sponsors:

American Federation Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
American Federation of Teachers
Communications Workers of America
DePaul University Labor Education Center
International Association of Ironworkers
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University
Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Service Employees International Union
United Steelworkers
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Labor Center
Worker Institute at Cornell University

LRAN National Conference Archive

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National Conference Archive