Vol 2 Symposium: Labor Movement 2.0

Labor Movement 2.0: The Role of Organized Resistance in the 2012 Elections

April 9, 2012

9:00am – 3:00pm

American University Washington College of Law (“WCL”)

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603

A timely examination of the fight for workers’ rights and the critical role of political action, through unions and grassroots community organizing.  Political action has been used to establish wage floors and hours ceilings, provide for workers’ health, safety, and long-term security.  The other side of the coin reveals that it has also been used to limit workers’ abilities to negotiate the terms of their employment.  How will political action via unions, PACs and grassroots community organizing impact the current status of the American worker in 2012?

9:00 am     Registration and Coffee

9:15 am     Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Jennifer Brown, Editor-in-Chief of theAmericanUniversity Labor & Employment Law Forum

9:30 am     Opening Keynote: The History of Politics and the Labor Movement

Jon Hiatt, Chief of Staff/Executive Assistant to the President of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

10:15 am   Organized Labor at a Crossroads: State and Federal Attacks

This panel will examine the recent attacks on labor in states likeOhioandWisconsinand will explore the reasons for labor animosity at both the state and federal levels.  Do battles such as these represent death knells in the labor coffin or an opportunity to reinvigorate traditional labor bases and beyond?  This panel will also explore the various forms of political action employed by pro and anti labor forces in these battles.

Moderator: Susan Carle, Professor at the American University Washington College of Law

David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress

James Shirk, Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Mary Joyce Carlson, Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, PLLC

12:00 pm   Lunchtime Keynote: What’s Organizing Got to Do with It?

Richard Kahlenburg, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation and author of Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice


1:30 pm     Influences of Populism and Campaign Finance: A Changed Landscape in 2012?

This panel will focus on recent political movements, including the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, as well as the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, as prediction for the upcoming election season.  The panel will include discussions of whether or not Labor will play a significant role in this discussion.  And will also discuss the implications of Super-PAC’s and national protests?

Moderator: Alex Wohl, Fellow at the American University Washington College of Law

Darren Hutchinson, Professor at the American University Washington College of Law

Lynn Rhinehardt,General Counsel for AFL-CIO

Mark Schneider, Associate General Counsel at Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Michael Trister, Trister, Ross, Schadler and Gold

3:00 pm     Reception

Please register online at: https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/cle_form.cfm

Up to six (6) CLE hours will be applied for as requested to different states, for a charge of $95.00.


For further information, contact

Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, 202.274.4075 or secle@wcl.american.edu