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REGISTER NOW: June LRAN Conference

April 28, 2022

REGISTER NOW: Workers’ Critical Voices: Fighting for Economic Democracy and Social Justice. Labor Research and Action Network National Conference. June 21-22nd 2022. Virtual and on site at the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

This is a conference for organizers and scholars to bring their experiences and analyses together.

Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene to share new ideas, research and best practices, and to identify points of connection and collaboration. This conference will focus on how the current moment makes it clear: Now is the time to acknowledge the links between racial justice and economic justice. Engaging this history and our present, with a special focus on efforts in the Southeast, can help us all get free.

Plenaries will include Jobs With Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley and speakers from new efforts to organize higher education. Workshops will feature campaigns to build worker power and climate justice in the South, strategies on industry standards boards, and corporate attacks on public education.

Register here for the in person conference ($110/50 early bird rates):

LRAN has a $199 room rate at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta (a union hotel). Please book here to access this reduced rate:

Virtual workshops will be held via Zoom both afternoons, and plenaries will be livestreamed. Registration is free with a suggested donation. Registration for the virtual conference is here:

NOTE: Full refunds will be available until June 10th

Click here for the conference agenda:

Tuesday June 21st

9-10:15am Opening plenary (livestream): Atlanta Campaigns

10:30-Noon Workshop Session 1

12-1 Lunch

1-2pm Plenary (livestream): Erica Smiley, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice

2:15-3:45 Workshop Session 3

4-5 Workshop Session 3 (VIRTUAL)

5-6:30 Happy hour

Wednesday June 22nd

9-10:15am Membership meeting

10:30-12 Workshop Session 4

12-1 Lunch

1-2 Plenary (livestream), Organizing in Higher Education

3-4 Workshop Session 5 (VIRTUAL)

4-5 Workshop Session 6 (VIRTUAL)

New this year—Our first LRAN song competition:

What: Worker Revival Song Competition
➢ $1,000 awarded for Work Song of the Future
➢ $250 (2 prizes) awarded for Best Work Song Cover
Who: Musicians, singers, songwriters and songkeepers
When: Submissions open during the month of May. Five finalists will be notified by June 9th. Final qualifiers aired and voted on live on June 22nd.
Where: Submissions should be submitted via google form, as both written lyrics and a video performance of the song. Note: We are looking for clear audio on the videos, they do not need to be cinematic! Set design is appreciated but will not be part of our assessment. Final selections will be streamed and voted on live from Atlanta. Voters can text their vote in or vote online from anywhere in the country.
Why: Song, and especially singing in a collective voice, has always been a tool that working people have used to fortify their movements, and to practice solidarity and collective action. This competition offers space to celebrate and revive classic work songs, as well as encourage contemporary musicians and songwriters to develop original work songs that speak to the struggles of the labor movement now and in the future.

Entry form:

Thanks to the following organizations and individuals for sponsoring this conference:

American Federation Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

American Federation of Teachers

Communications Workers of America

DePaul University Labor Education Center

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University


Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Service Employees International Union

United Steelworkers

Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

Worker Institute at Cornell University