Over the past decade, unions have been under attack in state legislatures across the country.  At the same time, there have been dramatic cuts in essential services, including both K-12 and higher education.  And while unions have been the target of legislative offensives, so have non-union workers, with laws to limit the minimum wage, block the right to paid sick leave, and expand the use of teenage labor in place of adults.  How do all these things fit together?  In his new book, Gordon Lafer shows that laws undermining unions, defunding public services and limiting the rights of non-union workers all come from the same place — the nation’s premier corporate lobbies, which form the most powerful and best-funded political forces in the country.  Lafer puts the attacks on unions and education in the context of the broader effort to restrict our rights as workers, consumers and citizens.  Join us to discuss some of the most important laws adopted by Michigan legislators in recent years, in order to understand them as part of this national legislative offensive.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Start Time: 7:00pm
Ending Time: 9:00pm
Location:UM East Quad Room 1405 701 E University Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Start Time: 4:30pm
Ending Time: 6:30pm
Location:AFT Michigan 2661 E. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48207
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Gordon Lafer is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center, and a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.  He has worked as a union organizer for a number of labor organizations, and has testified as an expert witness on labor and employment policy in numerous state legislatures.  In 2009-10, Lafer served as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.

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