2012 Conference Videos


Technology and Workers Organizing In The Global Economy: What’s Really Happening? What’s Needed?
What are the technology issues workers and unions face in the global economy and how can they overcome these new challenges? The digital revolution is having profound affects on the global workforce. This panel will look at these issues and what new questions labor is confronted with.

Richard Stallman – Free Software Foundation (www.stallman.com)

Making Change at Wal-Mart Organizing Campaign (http://makingchangeatwalmart.org)

Steve Zeltzer – KPFA WorkWeek Radio & Labor Video Project, CWA Media Workers Freelance Unit

 


Tech Workers Organizing Globally – Dec. 1, 2012
Technology workers called Information Technology Workers Solidarity Network (ITWSN) are organizing in Turkey and have faced censorship by Facebook in an effort to prevent them linking up with other tech workers globally.

Presentation by ITWSN (www.itwsn.net)


Technology and Workers Organizing In The Global Economy: What’s Really Happening? What’s Needed?
What are the technology issues workers and unions face in the global economy and how can they overcome these new challenges? The digital revolution is having profound affects on the global workforce. This panel will look at these issues and what new questions labor is confronted with.

Richard Stallman – Free Software Foundation (www.stallman.com)

Making Change at Wal-Mart Organizing Campaign (http://makingchangeatwalmart.org)

Steve Zeltzer – KPFA WorkWeek Radio & Labor Video Project, CWA Media Workers Freelance Unit


 

An Internet of, by, and for The People: Struggles and Successes in an Emerging Global Movement infrastructure off the grid: Dec 1, 2012

What do trade unionists and labor have to do to defend democratic rights and communication rights on the Internet and what are some lessons in this struggle?

Chris Witteman – Staff Attorney at the California Public Utilities Commission, representing the public and member of CASE

Todd Davies – Lecturer, Stanford University, associate director of Symbolic Systems Program

Mazi Buko Jara – Marikana Miners Support Committee in South Africa


December 2, 2012


 
Building LaborFests in the US & Around the World –
Mehmet Bayron – LaborFest Turkey

Jimmy Kelley – ReelWorks, Coordinator of Labor Studies, San Jose City College

Kent Noel – LaborFest Hawaii

David Duckworth – LaborFest (San Francisco)


 

 
Protecting Media Workers And The Freedom Of Communication

Labor media workers are under threat throughout the world facing prison and even being targeted for assassination and bombings.

In this panel, journalists from Turkey and Palestine will discuss the issues facing them.

Rengin Arsian – Journalist with Turkish Journalist solidarity group “Press Out” (www.pressout.net/?lang=en)

Nabhan Khraishi – Communications Officer, Palestinian Journalists Syndicate


 

 
Building Interactive and Information Websites for union locals and labor – (Cowell 107)

Steve Dondley – Prometheous Labor Communications http://prometheuslabor.com/

Sharon Higgins – Parents Across America, chartershcoolscandals.blogspot.com
 



 
Labor Journalism, Journalists and The Internet

Journalists and writers face an attack on their conditions and lives. The Internet is now being used as a tool to make workers temporary and part time throughout the media industry and use the internet for free labor and interns without pay. At the same time labor and our unions are fighting to get coverage of our stories and break the media blockade by the corporations and their media monopolies.

This panel will look at the attack on media workers, how their unions are grappling with these issues and how labor should be covered both by the labor press and in the struggle to get our labor stories out.

Steve Early – Labor journalist CWA Media Workers

Tom Ladd – NWU-UAW 1981 Bay Area Chapter Chair

Paul Burton – Editor San Mateo Labor Journal, member CWA