The Worker Institute Kicks Off Union Days 2015 on April 7

An Opportunity for Students to Meet Today's Groundbreaking Labor Leaders.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sponsored by The Worker Institute, Cornell ILR's Union Days is a two day event highlighting the groundbreaking work of notable leaders and organizations in the field of labor. Join us as we discuss crucial innovations in the labor movement and their inextricable link to social justice. You can find all the information about Union Days below, and you can also download our poster (11x17, PDF).

Union Days Poster (Click to download as PDF)Labor on the Line:  Breaking Boundaries, Building Movements


Broadening the Labor Movement, Innovative Organizing
4:30 – 6:00pm, 105 Ives Hall

Michelle Lim, Strategic Campaign Organizer, Jobs with Justice
Silvia Fabela, Senior Campaign Coordinator, Making Change at Walmart
Sean Sellers, Co-Founder & Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council
Patricia Campos-Medina, Co-director, NY State/AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute, Worker Institute
Rana Jaleel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Law School; AAUP National Councilperson

Breakout groups (refreshments served)
6:00 – 7:00pm


Art and Social Activism
11:30am – 1pm, ILR Conference Center, King-Shaw Hall 225 (lunch served)

Mike Alewitz, Artistic Director, Labor Art and Mural Project
Internationally known Labor Muralist and Street Artist. Audio-visual presentation of some of the largely unknown but amazing art that has been a part of working-class struggles.
4:30 – 6:00pm, 105 Ives Hall   

Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice-President, AFL-CIO
Tefere Gebre was a political refugee from Ethiopia who emigrated to the US as a teenager.  He is a dynamic leader who builds strong partnerships between labor and community groups, immigrant rights advocates and civil rights organizations. 

Social Justice Career Fair
1:00 – 4:00pm, ILR Conference Center, Room 423
Explore careers in social justice with Cornell alumni and other representatives from labor & non-profit organizations.

EXHIBITION: The City at the Crossroads of History
6:00 – 7:00 PM, ILR CC King-Shaw Hall 225
The censored social & labor history murals by Mike Alewitz—learn why the Museum of the City of NY refused to show them!

All events are free and open to the public.  To find out more about the event, or to sign up for a table at the Social Justice Career Fair, contact Marcia Harding Zeller, Assistant Director of ILR Office of Career Services at or 607-255-8261.

Sponsored by The Worker Institute at Cornell, ILR School

Co-sponsors: Cornell Organization for Labor Action, Cornell Students Against Sweatshops, ILR Office of Career Services, Cornell Graduate Students United,
ILR Office of Student Services, Catherwood Library, Latina/o Studies Program, Department of Art, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell Farmworker Program, Law & Society minor, Tompkins County Workers’ Center.