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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Read in this week's Working Class Perspectives on how the Labour Party has lost its way with working class British voter...
05/11/2021
WCP: Labour and the Working Class in the UK - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Read in this week's Working Class Perspectives on how the Labour Party has lost its way with working class British voters and how to win back its traditional base of support.

Tim Strangleman of University of Kent writes more below.

Last week’s byelection in the UK brought a raft of losses to the Labour Party. Working-class voters used to be a rock-solid base for Labour, but no more. As Tim Strangleman explains in Working-Class Perspectives (new window), Labour long counted on working-class votes but did little to help workin...

04/30/2021
New Social Compact: Social Protection and Global Resilience

Social Protection and Global Resilience
Evelyn Astor, Advisor on Economic and Social Policy, International Trade Union Confederation
Isabel Ortiz, Director, Global Social Justice Program, Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University
Adriana Paz-Ramirez, Latin America Regional Coordinator, International Domestic Worker Federation
Eric Manzi, Secretary General, Rwanda Workers Trade Union Confederation (CESTRAR)
Moderated by Cathy Feingold, International Director, AFL-CIO; Deputy President, ITUC

Spanish Interpretation Provided

04/28/2021
Getting It Right This Time: A Roundtable Discussion on the New Social Compact

Getting It Right This Time: Discussing the New Social Compact in the PRO Act Moment

Part of Constructing a New Social Compact Program: A Public Forum for Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class

Featuring:
Erica Smiley, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
William P. Jones, historian, president LAWCHA, University of Minnesota
William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Reyna Lopez Osuna, Executive Director, PCUN
Moderated by Lane Windham, Associate Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University

04/28/2021
The Future of Workers and Democracy

Part of Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class

Featuring:
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation
- Chris Lu, Senior Fellow, UVA Miller Center
- Sarita Gupta, director, Ford Foundation's Future of Work(ers) Program
- Moderated by Joseph McCartin, Executive Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University

Join us next week for "Rebuilding with Care: The Infrastructure of Equity," a conversation on building an economy that c...
04/20/2021

Join us next week for "Rebuilding with Care: The Infrastructure of Equity," a conversation on building an economy that centers care work and care workers.

📆 Friday, April 30
🕰 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
📢 Feat. Fatima Goss Graves of National Women's Law Center, Ai-jen Poo of National Domestic Workers, Rebecca Cokley of Ford Foundation, and Dorian Warren of Community Change

Register ⬇
https://eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

Join us next week for "Rebuilding with Care: The Infrastructure of Equity," a conversation on building an economy that centers care work and care workers.

📆 Friday, April 30
🕰 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
📢 Feat. Fatima Goss Graves of National Women's Law Center, Ai-jen Poo of National Domestic Workers, Rebecca Cokley of Ford Foundation, and Dorian Warren of Community Change

Register ⬇
https://eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

Join us for a panel as part of our #NewSocialCompact convening: "The Future of Workers and Democracy"📆 Wednesday, April ...
04/15/2021

Join us for a panel as part of our #NewSocialCompact convening: "The Future of Workers and Democracy"

📆 Wednesday, April 28
⌚️ 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
🎙 Featuring: Sharan Burrow of the ITUC, Sarita Gupta of the Ford Foundation, and Chris Lu of the Miller Center of Public Affairs. The panel will be moderated by KI's Joseph McCartin.

Register for this panel and all of our #NewSocialCompact convening ⬇
https://eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

Join us for a panel as part of our #NewSocialCompact convening: "The Future of Workers and Democracy"

📆 Wednesday, April 28
⌚️ 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
🎙 Featuring: Sharan Burrow of the ITUC, Sarita Gupta of the Ford Foundation, and Chris Lu of the Miller Center of Public Affairs. The panel will be moderated by KI's Joseph McCartin.

Register for this panel and all of our #NewSocialCompact convening ⬇
https://eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

Today, we join with 90 editors of Duke University Press journals in support of the right of DUP workers to democraticall...
04/13/2021
In Solidarity with Duke University Press Staff - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Today, we join with 90 editors of Duke University Press journals in support of the right of DUP workers to democratically organize and join a union. We call on Duke University press to take the high road and voluntarily recognize the DUP Workers Union with Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA.

Statement from Duke University Press journal editors and editorial board members concerning the DUP Workers Union “As the editors of academic journals, we are proud to collaborate with the outstanding professional staff at Duke University Press.  Whether working with copy-editors, graphic designe...

🎞 FILM SCREENING: "Union Time: Fighting for Workers' Rights"We will be screening this exciting documentary as part of ou...
04/09/2021

🎞 FILM SCREENING: "Union Time: Fighting for Workers' Rights"

We will be screening this exciting documentary as part of our #NewSocialCompact convening later this month. Join us and director Matthew Barr at 7pm EDT on April 30 to hear about a groundbreaking union campaign at a Smithfield plant in North Carolina.

Register ➡️ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

🎞 FILM SCREENING: "Union Time: Fighting for Workers' Rights"

We will be screening this exciting documentary as part of our #NewSocialCompact convening later this month. Join us and director Matthew Barr at 7pm EDT on April 30 to hear about a groundbreaking union campaign at a Smithfield plant in North Carolina.

Register ➡️ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/constructing-a-new-social-compact-tickets-138682802997

"In 2019, Burnley was one of dozens of ‘traditionally Labour’ constituencies where the largest number of voters supporte...
04/07/2021
WCP: Why Burnley Voted for Brexit – and Why It Matters - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

"In 2019, Burnley was one of dozens of ‘traditionally Labour’ constituencies where the largest number of voters supported Boris Johnson’s party because of his promise to ‘get Brexit done’. This marked the first time that places like Burnley had returned a Conservative for 110 years."

Mike Makin-Waite writes in this week's Working Class Perspectives on the politics of #Brexit in Burnley, an industrial town outside of Manchester, UK.

Brexit is often presented as reflecting the politics and direction of the United Kingdom as a whole, but its roots lie in local histories and tensions. In Working-Class Perspectives this week, Mike Makin-Waite describes one example — Burnley, an industrial town about twenty miles north of Manchest...

"The next step for Biden is to reclaim the term “working class.”" Chris R. Martin of the University of Northern Iowa wri...
03/31/2021
WCP: Bringing Ourselves to Say “Working-Class” - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

"The next step for Biden is to reclaim the term “working class.”"

Chris R. Martin of the University of Northern Iowa writes that even as Joe Biden argued that unions benefit workers, he could not bring himself to refer to them as “working class.” Read more about the reclamation of the term in this week's Working-Class Perspectives.

President Joe Biden recently did the most pro-working-class thing any U.S. president has done in decades: he endorsed the right of workers to organize. Yet, as Christopher R. Martin points out in this week’s Working-Class Perspectives (new window), even as Biden argued that unions benefit worker...

📢 Announcing: "Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class"KI will h...
03/29/2021
Constructing a New Social Compact

📢 Announcing: "Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class"

KI 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 at the Eventbrite link below.

A virtual convening on building a new social compact for racial, social, and economic justice.

***REMINDER***Applications are open for KI Summer Internships! Undergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown Univers...
03/26/2021
KI Spring Internship Applications Now Open - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

***REMINDER***

Applications are open for KI Summer Internships! Undergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown University are invited to apply to our summer organizing and research internships. These paid, remote internships will integrate students into exciting local and national worker justice campaigns and offer an opportunity to build research and organizing skills.

📝 Apply by Sunday April 4th at 11:59pm EDT. Internships will begin June 7th.

KI is now accepting applications for its paid virtual internship for Spring 2021 open to undergraduate and graduate Georgetown students.  Internship deadline: Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET Each semester, KI recruits Georgetown students who are dedicated to social justice to work with...

03/24/2021
"Right-Wing Populism as an Anti-Worker Agenda?”

A conversation with an esteemed panel on far-right political movements and the challenge the pose to unions and progressives.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung United States | Canada Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN

"Much of the media attention on the “BAmazonUnion” effort gives the election the unicorn treatment.  “Stunning” wrote on...
03/23/2021
WCP: Southern Black Women Are Key to Alabama Amazon Union Drive - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

"Much of the media attention on the “BAmazonUnion” effort gives the election the unicorn treatment. “Stunning” wrote one commenter, who couldn’t believe the news that the first major U.S.-based union effort at Amazon was in Alabama. Yet Southern Black women have been leading unionizing efforts like the one at Amazon for more than fifty years, often well outside the media spotlight."

Read more for KI and Women Innovating Labor Leadership's Lane Windham on the historical context of Black women workers organizing with BAmazonUnion.

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are voting this month on whether to form a union. As Lane Windham writes in this week’s Working-Class Perspectives, African-American women are playing a major role in this effort, as they have in many labor battles over the last few decades. They...

💻 Webinar: "Right-Wing Populism as an Anti-Worker Agenda?" March 24, 11am EDT.How can the labor movement best understand...
03/18/2021
Right-Wing Populism as an Anti-Worker Agenda?

💻 Webinar: "Right-Wing Populism as an Anti-Worker Agenda?" March 24, 11am EDT.

How can the labor movement best understand this present danger and how should union leaders, members, and activists respond? Join KI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung United States | Canada for a conversation with an esteemed panel on far-right political movements and the challenge the pose to unions and progressives.

Featuring:
▪️ Federico Finchelstein, Professor of History at The New School and Eugene Lang College
▪️ Vonda McDaniel, President of the Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN and Vice-President of the AFL-CIO Executive Council
▪️ Thomas Greven, Associate Professor of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin and a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International Relations
▪️ Moderated by Knut Panknin, Program Officer at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Register via Eventbrite.

How should the labor movement and the broader progressive political community respond to the international rise of right-wing populism?

☀️ APPLICATIONS OPEN: KI Summer InternshipsUndergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown University are invited to a...
03/16/2021
Applications Open: KI Summer Internships - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

☀️ APPLICATIONS OPEN: KI Summer Internships

Undergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown University are invited to apply to our summer organizing and research internships. These paid, remote internships will integrate students into exciting local and national worker justice campaigns and offer an opportunity to build research and organizing skills.

Some of this summer's partners are Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, DC Jobs With Justice, Latino Economic Development Center, and ONE DC.

📝 Apply by Sunday April 4th at 11:59pm EDT. Internships will begin June 7th.

KI is now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 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....

"The PRO Act would finally give workers the right to organize and form unions that they're supposed to have had under la...
03/10/2021
House passes sweeping pro-union bill that would reform labor laws

"The PRO Act would finally give workers the right to organize and form unions that they're supposed to have had under law for years and years, but that employers have routinely stripped them of because employers have broken and bent labor law to such an extent that the current labor law is virtually meaningless."

📢 KI Associate Director and Women Innovating Labor Leadership co-director, Lane Windham on the PRO Act and the urgency for labor law reform in USA TODAY

If passed into law, the PRO Act would reform labor laws and give U.S. workers more power to organize after decades of setbacks for unions.

"Given the highly politicized, often divisive nature of the rhetoric surrounding climate change, we should listen more c...
03/04/2021
WCP: Workers, Climate Change, and Useless Stereotypes - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

"Given the highly politicized, often divisive nature of the rhetoric surrounding climate change, we should listen more closely to what workers are actually saying."

🌳 Read James Catano's take on workers' perspectives on climate change and how we can avoid falling for unfounded stereotypes in this week's Working Class Perspectives.

Stories about climate change often depict workers as uniformly resistant to progressive policies. They are more interested, it would seem, in protecting jobs in coal mining than in protecting the planet. That stereotype misses a large part of the story, as James V. Catano explains in Working-Class P...

⏰ Deadline Extended! Heartland Capital Strategies and KI's Summer 2021 Labor Capital Strategies Fellowship will now acce...
03/03/2021
Fellowship | United States | Heartland Capital Strategies

⏰ Deadline Extended!

Heartland Capital Strategies and KI's Summer 2021 Labor Capital Strategies Fellowship will now accept applications through March 7 at 11:59pm EST! If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at any university, consider applying to for this exciting paid opportunity!

Apply ➡ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/l892cmc
Find out more ⬇
https://www.heartlandnetwork.org/fellowshipprogram

Heartland and Georgetown's Kalmanovitz Institute provide fellowships each summer to educate the next generation of responsible investors

In a powerful, decisive statement, President Joe Biden speaks out in favor of the union election at an Amazon warehouse ...
03/01/2021
Biden Backs Amazon Warehouse Workers' Union Drive

In a powerful, decisive statement, President Joe Biden speaks out in favor of the union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

"Unions put power in the hands of workers. They level the playing field. They give you a stronger voice for your health, your safety, for higher wages, protection from racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Unions lift up workers both union and non-union but especially Black and Brown workers."

More than 5,800 warehouse workers at the Bessemer, Ala., Amazon facility are voting this month on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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