On November 13, organizers, labor researchers and academics attended a forum to discuss “Labor Law Reform: Which Way Forward?” on Nov. 13. The forum was held at SEIU Local 888 and was organized by a Boston Regional committee of LRAN. Participants heard four presentations on new legislative and organizing approaches to address the serious obstacles to recruiting new union members and help rebirth the labor movement. The panelists discussed ideas including Just Cause, pre-majority bargaining, holding primary employers accountable, and extending rights to excluded workers. MIT Professor Thomas Kochan wrapped up the panel presentations: “These are good ideas that don’t require waiting for action at the federal level. Now we’ve got to get our message out to a wider audience and begin organizing for real change at the local level.” The LRAN forum was co-sponsored by Mass AFL-CIO, Mass Jobs with Justice, Justice at Work, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston and The Labor Guild.
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