NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H201
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Session 6: Sunday June 30th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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In recent years, states and cities across the U.S. have pursued a range of creative -- and increasingly assertive -- efforts to strengthen workers' rights. New standards-setting legislation has been enacted that establishes sharply higher minimum wages, guarantees various forms of paid leave, prohibits abusive scheduling practices, and provides access to public retirement savings programs, among other measures. However, legislation that would directly strengthen worker organizing has been pursued more tentatively and with less success. Notable initiatives in this vein include legislation to allow app-based drivers to unionize in Seattle and a law in New York City that would allow fast food workers to form a novel form of organization and fund it through payroll deductions. In this panel, a diverse set of speakers will take stock of the new wave of policies concerning workers’ rights, assess strengths and limitations, and discuss strategies for furthering a pro-worker agenda at the state and city level. Janice Fine, Professor of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, will provide an overview and analysis of the recent wave of state and local activity on workers’ rights. Mansoor Khan, Organizing Coordinator at SEIU, will discuss the history of unionization among publicly-financed home care and child care providers. Driven by state and local policy innovations, home care and child care workers’ successes over the past two decades, followed by recent setbacks, hold important lessons for current strategy. Sam Krinsky, Research Director at the New York City Office of Labor Policy and Standards, will review recent proposals for using wage boards and benefit programs to strengthen worker organizing and discuss how these can be implemented by states and cities despite constraints posed by federal law.

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Sam Krinsky is the Research Director for the NYC Office of Labor Policy and Standards. In this role, he helps enforce NYC's workplace laws and conducts original research on the city's labor markets. He previously worked with unions in a variety of research and policy positions....

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Mansoor Khan has been in the labor movement for for over 20 years. Currently he is a strategic campaigner for SEIU's, Faculty Forward campaign. He has a graduate degree in mathematics but has never used mathematics in real life. He is based in Los Angeles.

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Janice Fine holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science and is Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, where she teaches and writes about low wage immigrant labor in the U.S., historical and contemporary...

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