ILR Online Webcast: Inequality and Worker Rights

ILR Online Webcast with Lara Skinner & Shannon Gleeson
Monday, April 25, 2016

The crisis of inequality is arguably one of the greatest social and economic issues facing the United States today.  In our upcoming webcast, we examine the ways in which worker rights and collective representation impact inequality and explore innovative solutions developed by the labor movement to solve this growing crisis.

DATE: Wednesday, April 27
TIME: 12 Noon (EDT)


Lara Skinner, Associate Director
The Worker Institute at Cornell

Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor
Labor Relations, Law & History

Additional perspectives by:

Sarita Gupta

Executive Director of Jobs With Justice
Co-Director of Caring Across Generations

Kendall Fells

SEIU National Coordinator
President of Fast Food Forward

Lou Jean Fleron

Emeritus Extension Faculty (Cornell ILR)
Director of the High Road program in Buffalo


The webcast will address the role that industrial and labor relations has historically had in reducing inequality and how changes in the country’s collective bargaining system can be linked to the extreme levels of inequality we see today.

We will then present new ways in which low-wage workers are organizing to address inequality and look at two specific examples: Caring Across Generations, a campaign that works to expand access to in-home care while creating living wage jobs for care workers; and Fight for 15, a fast food worker-led movement to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour.

This is a live webcast, and questions and comments from our viewers are encouraged. Click here to register →