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November 2017

Made in L.A. – Documentary Screening and Q&A

November 21, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

MADE IN LA is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from the clothing retailer, Forever 21.

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Free Screening of Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights

November 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Union Time tells the story of one of the greatest union victory of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose Justice@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the campaign. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

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July 2017

Test Divisional Event

July 28, 2017

Testing, please disregard.

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May 2017

Building International Union Campaigns: McDonald’s and the ‘Fight for 15’

May 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Professor Tony Royle, University of York What are the challenges associated with building effective global union campaigns? One way to answer this question is to examine the development of the ‘Fight for 15’ campaign. The campaign, which began in 2012 in New York, went global in 2014. It involved low-paid workers around the world.  Professor Royle will discuss why the McDonald’s Corporation was chosen as the key target of the campaign and the challenges associated with organizing workers in the…

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April 2017

UCLA’s Role in Workers’ Lives Today

April 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Now more than ever, in this divided political era, higher education institutions like UCLA have an important role to play in upholding workers’ rights. Universities are where rigorous data-driven research happens on pressing economic, workplace, and political issues. They are where students develop research and critical thinking skills and engage directly in the cities where they live. For over 70 years, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment has conducted timely and impactful research on labor markets and…

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November 2016

Transnational Labor Alliances: Power, Coordination, and Why Some Succeed

November 18, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Labor activists are increasingly cooperating across national borders in campaigns aimed at convincing transnational corporations to improve wages, working conditions, and labor rights. Yet to date there are no systematic studies of why some transnational labor alliances succeed while others do not. This book thus develops a causal theory of success and failure in transnational labor alliances. I hypothesize that transnational labor alliances succeed only when they exercise a type of power that threatens a corporation’s core, material interests. Moreover,…

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October 2016

IRLE Colloquia Series — The Crisis of Public Sector Unionism

October 23, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Unionism and collective bargaining among U.S. state and local government employees are being widely debated, and some of these governments have sharply reduced or eliminated public employee unionism and bargaining rights. Such actions are based on a belief that fiscal adversity facing state and local governments stems mainly from the over-compensation of public employees that has ostensibly resulted from unionism, bargaining and supportive legislation enacted decades earlier. These changes, however, are being made with little or no consideration of empirical…

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IRLE Colloquia Series — Book Talk: Sunshine Was Never Enough: Los Angeles Workers, 1880-2010

October 16, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Delving beneath Southern California’s popular image as a sunny frontier of leisure and ease, this book tells the dynamic story of the life and labor of Los Angeles’s large working class. In a sweeping narrative that takes into account more than a century of labor history, John H. M. Laslett acknowledges the advantages Southern California’s climate, open spaces, and bucolic character offered to generations of newcomers. At the same time, he demonstrates that—in terms of wages, hours, and conditions of…

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August 2016

Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the US, China, and the World

August 19, 2016 @ 8:15 am - 8:30 pm

Today precarious work presents perhaps the greatest global challenge to worker well-being, and has become a major rallying point for worker mobilization around the world. This conference focuses on analyzing the growth of precarious employment and informal labor, its consequences for workers and their families, the challenges it poses to worker organizing and collective mobilization, and how workers and other social actors are responding to precariousness. We seek to understand the patterns of social and economic domination of labor shaped…

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May 2016

Does Innovation Go with Social Inclusion? Multinational Corporation in Mexico

May 25, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Recent research has revealed that contrary to the expectations generated by globalization, there is no automatic correlation linking world trade expansion and multinational companies, product innovation, and more generally, economic progress (measured in terms of growth) with social progress. On the contrary, there is evidence showing that even when there has been a significant job transfer to developing countries, there has been deterioration in its quality. This research stems from the need to understand and document the variety of paths…

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