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When Sandy hit, the Labor movement was there. Workers, particularly in the building and construction trades, jumped into action and went from furlough benches to 12 hour days, 7 days a week. Why was this labor so undervalued and underpaid during good times and then so in demand during bad? How to do fight to ensure and remind those in power that it is workers and labor that keep a city resilient and work hard to help in through recovery.
This panel will present an overview of the true economics taught to students at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies (HVACLS) at SUNY Empire State College. Panelists include Moshe Adler, author of Economics for the Rest of Us, other instructors and staff of the HVACLS, and a student at the college, Danny Ferreyra, who worked as part of the city???s Rapid Repairs program. Two of the panelists also engaged in Sandy relief efforts on a volunteer basis as well.