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Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor Kalmanovitz draws on Georgetown’s commitment to social justice to help develop creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives.

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☀️ Looking to spend your summer advocating for worker justice? KI's Summer 2022 research and organizing internship appli...
02/15/2022
KI 2022 Summer Internship Applications Open - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

☀️ Looking to spend your summer advocating for worker justice? KI's Summer 2022 research and organizing internship applications are now open!

Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to this paid opportunity to build skills and contribute to meaningful campaigns in the DC-area and nationally. Applications are due on March 13 at 11:59 ET. Find out more below.

KI is now accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Research in Action and Organizing Internships. These paid internships are open to all Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students. The Organizing Internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of community and....

02/09/2022
Working-Class Writing: From the Community to the Archives

Working-class people have long used writing to reflect on and to critique the the struggles, strengths, and pleasures of working-class life. Some have written alone, even in secret, while others gathered in writing workshops offered through unions, libraries, community centers, and alternative schools. While working-class writing provides thoughtful, moving, often humorous insights on working-class life, it often reaches only local audiences or is kept tucked away and private.

In this panel, we’ll hear about some strategies for developing, collecting, and archiving working-class writing and consider why such efforts matter.

Calling young leaders in the worker justice movement! Consider applying to the 2022 Women Innovating Labor Leadership Em...
02/01/2022

Calling young leaders in the worker justice movement! Consider applying to the 2022 Women Innovating Labor Leadership Emerging Leaders cohort!

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https://www.willempower.org/emerging-leaders/

✨APPLY NOW for the WILL Empower Emerging Leaders Cohort Program!

✨APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 23rd!
The Women Innovating Labor Leadership Emerging Leaders Cohort brings together activists in the early stages of their careers in the in worker justice movement to participate in a dynamic and diverse cohort to discuss and shape their leadership plans and trajectories.

For more information visit: https://www.willempower.org/emerging-leaders/

WEBINAR: Working Class Writing: From the Community to the ArchivesJoin KI and the Lannan Center Readings, Georgetown Uni...
01/31/2022

WEBINAR: Working Class Writing: From the Community to the Archives

Join KI and the Lannan Center Readings, Georgetown University for a webinar on strategies for developing, collecting, and archiving working-class writing and why such efforts matter.

Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School, Jessica Pauszek of Boston College and Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, and Emma Penney of the Working-Class Writing Archive will speak on a panel moderated by Sherry Linkon.

Register➡️https://georgetown.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DNoL8QfcTSSQdX3tKLAQFA

✅ Accepting Nominations: An upcoming forum on the wave of worker activism during the pandemic, June 2-3.The Kalmanovitz ...
01/24/2022
Call for Nominations: The Pandemic Worker Wave and a New Social Compact - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

✅ Accepting Nominations: An upcoming forum on the wave of worker activism during the pandemic, June 2-3.

The Kalmanovitz Initiative will host an international forum on the deep inequities exposed by the pandemic and the future of worker organizing and power, "The Pandemic Worker Wave & a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Working-Class Prosperity in a Transformed World."

Submit nominations of people, panels, workshops, film, or cultural offerings by February 28. Nominees are not obligated to participate and self-nominations are acceptable.

The Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University will convene a major public virtual gathering entitled, “The Pandemic Worker Wave and a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Working-Class Prosperity in a Transformed World,” June 2-3, 2022, to explore and amplif...

"Catholic social teaching has long supported all people's right to engage collectively and to be part of a union, and ou...
01/19/2022
What Catholic social teaching has to say about the Great Resignation

"Catholic social teaching has long supported all people's right to engage collectively and to be part of a union, and our current pope has made that all the more clear...

The bad jobs we've been having for 30 years, the bad pay, the horrible hours, the no child care, it's not working for us. And then you throw a pandemic on top of it and ask people to risk their livelihood and they're just not going to do it."

KI's Lane Windham and Juan Belman Guerrero featured in the National Catholic Reporter commenting on the "Great Resignation."

When Leo Mendoza's parents got COVID-19, both had to go without pay while they recovered. His father, who drives pilots and airline crews in L...

KI's New Social Compact project is hosting a webinar, "AI & Global Workers' Rights," on the impact of AI in the workplac...
01/11/2022
AI & Global Workers' Rights

KI's New Social Compact project is hosting a webinar, "AI & Global Workers' Rights," on the impact of AI in the workplace and how policymakers around the world are working to address its impact on workers.

📆 Thursday, January 20
⌚️ 11am ET
Featuring: Sheheryar Kaoosji of Warehouse Workers United,
Strea Sanchez of United for Respect, Michael Schoenstein of Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, Rob Weil of AFT - American Federation of Teachers, moderated by Uma Rani of International Labour Organization.

Register ⬇

A webinar on the political and social implications of AI in the workplace.

📚 PREORDER NOW: "Undoing the Liberal World Order: Progressive Ideals and Political Realities Since WWII"Preorder KI seni...
01/05/2022
Undoing the Liberal World Order | Columbia University Press

📚 PREORDER NOW: "Undoing the Liberal World Order: Progressive Ideals and Political Realities Since WWII"

Preorder KI senior resident scholar Leon Fink's new book on the development of liberal internationalism after WWII and the successes and failures of American liberals in achieving these ideals on the world stage.

Coming this month from Columbia University Press!

In the decades following World War II, American liberals had a vision for the world. Their ambitions would not stop at the water’s edge: progressive intern... | CUP

⏰ Apply by Friday: Labor Capital Strategies Spring 2022 FellowshipStudents from any undergraduate or graduate institutio...
12/29/2021

⏰ Apply by Friday: Labor Capital Strategies Spring 2022 Fellowship

Students from any undergraduate or graduate institution are invited to apply to our Spring fellowship program with Heartland Capital Strategies to work with worker-driven and progressive investment funds. Our Summer 2022 applications are also open and will remain open until March 11.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KGQ7YD3

12/13/2021

WEBINAR: "Unions, Catholic Social Teaching & Bargaining for the Common Good"

The Catholic Labor Network will host a conversation on workers and the faith community partnering for the common good featuring Joseph McCartin of Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Rebecca Simonsen of SEIU District 1199 New England, and Callie Gale Heilmann of Bridgeport Generation Now.

📆 Wednesday, December 15
🕰 2pm ET
⬇ Register
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvcu2sqD4pGtE4pt6BFa9OqEWMZsPsLOrP?e

⏰ KI Spring 2022 Internship Applications Due Sunday!Georgetown undergrad and grad students are invited to apply for our ...
12/02/2021
KI Spring Internship Applications Open - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

⏰ KI Spring 2022 Internship Applications Due Sunday!

Georgetown undergrad and grad students are invited to apply for our research and organizing internships. These PAID internships place students with local and national organizations advocating for worker justice. Apply by Sunday at 11:59pm ET.

KI is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Research in Action and Organizing Internships. These paid internships are open to all Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students. The Organizing Internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of communi...

Check out KI Program Manager, Juan Belman Guerrero, and Executive Director, Joe McCartin in Quartz on the lack of workin...
11/30/2021
Texans are bearing the cost of keeping the working class out of the statehouse

Check out KI Program Manager, Juan Belman Guerrero, and Executive Director, Joe McCartin in Quartz on the lack of working-class representation in the Texas legislature.

“In a lot of working-class jobs in Texas, where people are working from very early in the morning to very late in the evening, they sometimes have to have two jobs in order to cover their expenses. There’s plenty of people who I think would be great at this job and who would run for that position if it was accessible to them." -Juan Belman Guerrero

The Texas state legislature killed a bill to expand Medicaid, another consequence of the absence of working-class elected officials in the statehouse.

"The pandemic really shook up what workers want and what they expect from a job. We’re living in a moment of a new heigh...
11/24/2021
Starbucks baristas are on the verge of forming a union. The company is pushing back.

"The pandemic really shook up what workers want and what they expect from a job. We’re living in a moment of a new heightened awareness of workers’ rights."

KI Associate Director and Women Innovating Labor Leadership co-director, Lane Windham, comments on the rising worker activism and SBWorkersUnited in the Washington Post.

Much of the focus is on workers in Buffalo.

Join us next week for a book talk, "Bridging the Divide: Working-Class Culture in a Middle-Class Society," with author J...
11/23/2021
Book Talk: Bridging the Divide

Join us next week for a book talk, "Bridging the Divide: Working-Class Culture in a Middle-Class Society," with author Jack Metzgar. The event will be held in person with an option for a Zoom link on request.

📆 Thursday, December 2
🕰 4pm ET
🗺 ICC 662, Georgetown University

Register below on Eventbrite.

A book talk on Bridging the Divide: Working-Class Culture in a Middle-Class Society with author Jack Metzgar.

🌻 We're looking for our Spring 2022 class of research and organizing interns! Internships are open to Georgetown Univers...
11/10/2021
KI Spring Internship Applications Open - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

🌻 We're looking for our Spring 2022 class of research and organizing interns! Internships are open to Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students passionate about worker justice.

Interns are placed in paid internship roles with local and national organizations that focus on issues of labor, immigration, housing, and economic justice.

⬇ Find out more and apply by December 5th!

KI is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Research in Action and Organizing Internships. These paid internships are open to all Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students. The Organizing Internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of communi...

⏰ TODAY, 5pm ET: Understanding OSHA's New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary StandardJoin KI, Georgetown University School of ...
11/09/2021
Understanding OSHA's New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

⏰ TODAY, 5pm ET: Understanding OSHA's New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

Join KI, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, and the Georgetown Global Health Initiative this evening for a conversation with KI fellow Debbie Berkowitz who will answer questions about the effects and implementation of the new standard. Register below.

Join Kalmanovitz Initiative practitioner fellow and former OSHA senior advisor, Debbie Berkowitz for a virtual conversation on OSHA's ETS

"More workers have died of COVID-19 in the last 18 months in the meat and poultry industry than died from all work-relat...
11/02/2021
Opinion | They worked so we could eat: What we learned from the pandemic’s meatpacking calamity

"More workers have died of COVID-19 in the last 18 months in the meat and poultry industry than died from all work-related causes in the last 15 years."

KI fellow Debbie Berkowitz testified before House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on the failure of the meatpacking industry to protect workers and communities. The Washington Post Editorial Board writes on the urgency for greater oversight and accountability to protect essential workers in the future.

Meatpacking plants suffered terribly during the pandemic. We must learn the lessons.

🎙 Check out KI Executive Director, Joe McCartin on yesterday's NPR All Things Considered discussing #Striketober in the ...
10/29/2021
'Striketober' could have lasting impact on labor

🎙 Check out KI Executive Director, Joe McCartin on yesterday's NPR All Things Considered discussing #Striketober in the context of American labor history.

"A lot of people sacrificed a lot in the past year - the essential workers, for example. And yet they're looking at a labor market that they feel like still doesn't reward them as they feel they ought to be rewarded."

Thousands of workers are striking for better wages, working conditions and benefits. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Joseph McCartin, professor of history at Georgetown, about what this moment means.

🗣 Check out KI practitioner fellow Debbie Berkowitz tomorrow at 2pm ET testifying before the House Select Subcommittee o...
10/26/2021

🗣 Check out KI practitioner fellow Debbie Berkowitz tomorrow at 2pm ET testifying before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on "How The Meatpacking Industry Failed The Workers Who Feed America."

Debbie will testify alongside Rose Godinez of ACLU of Nebraska, Magaly Licolli of Venceremos, and Martin Rosas UFCW Local 2. Use the link below to watch the livestream of the hearing.

https://coronavirus.house.gov/news/press-releases/select-subcommittee-hold-hearing-impact-coronavirus-meatpacking-workers

"The pandemic revealed that child care is a lynchpin in the economy.  When working mothers left the workforce in droves,...
10/18/2021
WCP: Blue-Collar Babies: Why America’s Working Class Needs Affordable Child Care - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

"The pandemic revealed that child care is a lynchpin in the economy. When working mothers left the workforce in droves, especially the women of color who held many of the frontline, essential jobs, many cited a lack of child care as a major reason. Seen in this light, the nation’s “labor shortage” is, in part, a direct result of the child care shortage that we have refused to tackle for more than 40 years."

KI Associate Director and Women Innovating Labor Leadership co-director, Lane Windham writes on child care and the the must-see new series, #MAIDnetflix, in this week's Working Class Perspectives

The recent Netflix series Maid, based on Stephanie Land’s memoir, highlights the challenges that poor and working-class mothers face in juggling low-wage jobs, social services, and child care. As Lane Windham writes in Working-Class Perspectives (new window) this week, the series makes clear why t...

Recently, we hosted a conversation with Georgetown Global Cities Initiative on affordable housing in DC during the pande...
10/06/2021
EVENT: Affordable Housing in DC During (and after) the Pandemic - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Recently, we hosted a conversation with Georgetown Global Cities Initiative on affordable housing in DC during the pandemic and afterward. If you missed it, check out a recording of the webinar on our website!

Housing affordability has long been an issue of concern for residents of Washington, one of the major U.S. cities most affected by gentrification (new window). Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s an issue that continues to shape regional patterns of development.  It has national implication...

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Even before the global pandemic, artificial intelligence (A.I.) was poised to radically upend how people work all over the world. Now the coronavirus has hastened this transformation, accelerating and initiating trends in using A.I. in worker surveillance, education, organization, and performance measures. Will working people have a voice in how A.I. governs their workplaces and work lives? How is the A.I. work experience mediated by various countries’ laws and policies? How can a new social compact center worker rights and power even as A.I. and the pandemic revolutionize work? Together with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, we invited policy experts and union leaders to consider these questions, and to see if answers can be found which listen to the voices and needs of workers. Watch highlights of the conversation here. To view the full-length event, visit the Kalmanovitz Initiative page: https://fb.watch/bafZRCCxTm/
📢 Calling all womxn working in worker justice movements! This is for you! APPLY NOW for the WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) Emerging Leaders Cohort Program! → https://bit.ly/emerging2022 ✨ HURRY! APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 23rd! ✨ The WILL Empower Emerging Leaders Cohort is for womxn in early stages of working in worker justice organizations who seek community, mentorship, knowledge of labor history and innovative strategies, resilience practices and much more. For more information visit: https://www.willempower.org/emerging-leaders/ [Women Innovating Labor Leadership/WILL Empower, the legacy project of the Berger Marks Foundation, is a joint initiative of Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers University & Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University]
A new report outlines the economic toll brought on by the pandemic in our largest cities, showing how pre-existing inequities became worse for lower-paid workers, while leaving white-collar workers largely unscathed. Rockefeller College, Princeton University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
⏰ Due Friday: Applications for apprentices and host sites for the 2021 WILL Empower Apprenticeship Program WILL Empower is recruiting recent college graduates and rank-and-file activists for our **paid** 2021 Apprenticeship program to the gain skills and experience needed to make a difference in the labor and worker justice movement. We are also seeking movement organizations to serve as host sites to invest in the next generation of a diverse leadership group and bring in fresh energy and talent to their organization. See our website for more details and to apply. Applications due Friday, May 21. Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor Center for Innovation in Worker Organization
🚨Happening soon!🚨 Join NNU Lead Industrial Hygienist, Jane Thomason at Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor's New Social Compact virtual gathering: #WorkplaceSafety & Health Featuring: Darcy Tromanhauser (Nebraska Appleseed) Laura Huizar (National Employment Law Project) Deborah Berkowitz(National Employment Law Project) https://lwp.georgetown.edu/constructing-a-new-social-compact-full-schedule/
STARTING TOMORROW: "Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class" Our friends at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor will host a multi-day, international forum April 28-May 1 featuring activists, scholars, and workers to analyze, evaluate, and propose next-gen solutions for the intersectional issues affecting working people's lives in a post-pandemic world. All are welcome to join this important conversation. Plenary sessions and panels will take place on Zoom. Register for free 👇
Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT- Join a virtual public gathering with nurses and Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor to help build a new social compact towards racial, social, and economic justice. ⬇️Sign up today⬇️
🚨Next week!🚨 Join #nurses and Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor for➡️ New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class. Sign up below to attend this virtual convening and help build towards racial, social, and economic justice.
Join our allies at Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor for a virtual gathering to explore solutions to racial, social, & #EconomicJustice issues in a post-pandemic world. RSVP to "Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class"👇
📢 REGISTER NOW: "Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class" Our friends at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor will host a multi-day, international convening April 28-May 1 featuring activists, scholars, and workers to analyze, evaluate, and propose next-gen solutions for the intersectional issues affecting working people's lives in a post-pandemic world. All are welcome to join this important conversation. Plenary sessions and panels will take place on Zoom. Register for free here 👉 https://bit.ly/2RXHwF6
WEBINAR: Strike for the Common Good After years of activism, students and educators find themselves in the midst of a historic pandemic and economic crisis. How can unions, parents, students, and neighborhoods respond to this new challenge? Join us for a webinar on fighting for the schools our students and communities deserve. 📆 Tuesday, March 30 🕰 6:30pm EDT 🎙 Featuring students, educators and scholars from Chicago Teachers Union Students Deserve Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor @Arizona Educators UTLA Rutgers LEARN Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - SMLR Center for Innovation in Worker Organization Register below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-strike-for-the-common-good-tickets-146788364951
It's #WomensHistoryMonth and we're celebrating our #Sheroes throughout March! These women are leaders in labor & community organizations who are innovating the faces and strategies of the worker justice movement and securing big victories for #workerjustice. Here are today's CIWO Sheroes: Darlene Lombos | Greater Boston Labor Council Bree Carlson | People's Action Keani Christiansen | SEIU Sara Myklebust | Bargaining for the Common Good / Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor