Winning @ Work: Labor Law for the 99%

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
CWA 1180, 6 Harrison Street


Daniel Gross
Brandworkers International,
author “Labor Law for the Rank and Filer”
… Sonia Lin
Attorney, Immigration and Employment Law

“If it’s effective, it’s illegal”. This is common wisdom for anyone trying to organize in workplaces today.

The Taylor Law, Taft-Hartley regulations, employer sanctions and numerous other regulations of workplace labor all stand as hurdles organizers face in taking on the 1% where it counts most – at work. Often the courts, laws, and stables of lawyers stand between workers and justice.

But the history of working class struggle is a history full of examples of how people overcame these challenges through creative methods of using, avoiding, or breaking the law.

Presented by the OWS LABOR ALLIANCE

2nd Assembly of the OWS Labor Alliance

Saturday, May 12th, 1pm in Zuccotti Park
(rain location: DC37, 125 Barclay St., Rm. 12 – downstairs)

Congratulations on a great, unified May Day! Time to dig deep and keep up the struggle! Last month we had a great Labor Alliance meeting including members of all OWS labor-related working groups – let’s keep the conversation going…

  • How can we foster better coordination between groups?
  • What are the various labor working-groups’ goals & ongoing projects?

All members of labor working groups are specially invited: Immigrant Worker Justice, Arts & Labor, Occupy Your Workplace, Rank & File Committee, Occupy the DOE, and Labor Outreach.

Saturday, May 12th, 1pm
Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza

Broadway & Liberty Street
Subway: A,C,2,3,4,5 to Fulton Street, N,R to Cortlandt Street
(rain location: DC37, 125 Barclay St., Rm. 12 – downstairs, A,C,1,2,3 to Chambers St)

Labor in the U.S. is suffering from a 30-year decline. Wages as a share of the economy are at historic lows, unemployment remains stuck close to record highs. This weakness stems directly from the fact that labor has never been more divided – between union and non-union, immigrant and native-born, young and old, North and South, private sector and public sector; by race, language, creed, color, education, and industry. As militants in the labor movement, we reflect this unevenness of class development in the different forms of organization we take on – but this is no excuse for disunity!

Join a discussion of how labor activists within OWS can make our work more unified, act in greater solidarity, and increase the space for workers to get their issues heard within OWS as a whole.
Sponsored by the Labor Outreach Committee, Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group, Occupy Your Workplace, the Rank-and-File Committee, and Arts & Labor