Lessons of the Fight for $15 in the Trump Era

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Ross Building S802, York University
1:00-2:30pm

Labour organizer Jonathan Rosenblum will discuss the inside story of the first successful fight for $15. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. This talk will consider lessons from this campaign that may contribute to building a powerful, inclusive labour movement and enable workers to reclaim their power in the contemporary economy.

Jonathan Rosenblum was campaign director of the SeaTac Airport workers campaign, which he directed for the Service Employees International Union. Prior to SeaTac, he led healthcare organizing campaigns, coordinated multi-union drives in the Seattle area, and was founding organizer of Washington State Jobs With Justice, a labour, faith, student and community coalition organized to fight for the rights of all working people. Jonathan played a key role in the
historic 2015 re-election of socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. He also has served in leadership positions in multi-faith coalitions, and is a leader in Kadima (Jewish) Reconstructionist Community in Seattle. He
has written and spoken extensively about workers and the future of the social justice movement.

All are welcome. Registration is free.

The event is co-sponsored by York University’s Department of Social Science and Osgoode Hall Law School.

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