Reclaiming Prosperity is a Town Hall produced speaker series focused on transforming our economy and building a prosperous future for working people and their families.
Tue07Jan20147:30–9:00pmDownstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca St. $5.
The Northwest is known for adopting innovative business models and technology. Right now our region is on the forefront of national debates on living wages, paid sick leave and mobilizing workers. What’s on the horizon for business and labor here?
Visionary labor leader Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will talk about how shifts in labor demographics and business attitudes, coupled with technology advances like robotics in manufacturing, are shifting the way we think about labor, jobs and prosperity.
Andy Stern is the former president of SEIU and author of A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track. During his tenure SEIU was widely credited for helping elect President Barack Obama and helping secure the historic passage of the 2010 Health Care Reform Act. Andy led SEIU out of the AFL-CIO and transformed the national labor landscape by founding the Change to Win labor federation with six other major unions in 2005.
Since his retirement from SEIU, Andy has continued to advocate for the interests of workers around the country through his non-profit AmericaWorks, a Project of the Tides Center. As a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Richman Center, Andy has helped lead research into the future of work in the United States, with a focus on the changing nature of the employer-employee relationship and the increase in contingent and part-time employment.
Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Civics series and the Reclaiming Prosperity sub-series, presented with Working Washington. Series supporters by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.