BILL FLETCHER JR. will speak about the future of the labor movement and his new book: They’re Bankrupting Us and 20 Other Myths About Unions
Labor and human rights activist Bill Fletcher Jr. will discuss his new book, “They’re Bankrupting Us, and 20 Other Myths about Unions,” and reflect upon the state of the American labor movement. He will be joined by young organizers who will describe current union and immigrant rights organizing campaigns in the North Bay and a dialogue will follow.
The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Please call 707-623-7395 for more information.
Presented by The Living Wage Coalition / Jobs With Justice Organizing Committee & CoSponsored by: SEIU 1021, North Bay Labor Council, North Bay Organizing Project, Project Censored, Progressive Democrats Sonoma County, MoveOn, UNITE HERE 2850, Graton Day Labor Center, Committee on Immigrant Rights, Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, and California Healthy Communities Network
Bill Fletcher, Jr., is a longtime labor, racial justice and international activist. He is an Editorial Board member and columnist for BlackCommentator.com and a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum and a founder of the Black Radical Congress and is an Advisory Board member of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA).
Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California Press). He was formerly the Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO. Prior the George Meany Center, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.
Fletcher got his start in the labor movement as a rank and file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Combining labor and community work, he was also involved in ongoing efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Fletcher is a graduate of Harvard University and has authored numerous articles and speaks widely on domestic and international topics, racial justice and labor issues.