The Worker Institute's Labor Roundtable Celebrates 12th Year

Labor leaders and students connect in Ithaca at annual Labor Roundtable
Labor Roundtable 2015
Friday, November 14, 2014

Sixteen major leaders in the North American labor and social justice movements are meeting today with students for the Twelfth Annual Labor Roundtable.

Hosted by the Worker Institute, the event provides opportunities for students to speak with labor leaders and social justice activists from U.S. organizations.

Representatives circulate in 20-minute intervals between groups of about 10 students to answer questions participants may have on union and community organizing, strategic research and campaigns, public policy and advocacy, law and union administration.

"When we started the Labor Roundtable 12 years ago, we only knew that there was no forum within ILR or the university where large numbers of students could have real engagement with the diversity of labor and social justice organizations that make up these movements," says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research at ILR.

"But, when more than 100 students, mostly freshmen and sophomores, attended year after year, and increasing numbers became more engaged afterward in the university, the community and the world around them—then it became clear how important this event had become."

The Labor Roundtable continues through 5 p.m. today in the Statler Hotel Carrier Ballroom and is open to students from all colleges.