LAWCHA 2021 Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2021 LAWCHA Conference, Workers on the Front Lines, is now open. Please register here:

The conference is virtual and will run from May 20-28, 2021. Those who are on the program are required to join LAWCHA.

We have an exciting lineup of over 60 panels, roundtables, and workshops.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6 pm (ET) the conference will kick off with a plenary, "College for All and a National Agenda for Labor in Higher Education." This event will bring together LAWCHA members, laboractivists, Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Education, and union representatives serving a variety of higher ed workers to discuss the College for All bill and how to use it as a foundation for a bottom-up national movement, one that demands fair funding, fair tuition, and fair labor. The event will be live-streamed and does not require registration.

On Saturday, May 22, at 8 ET, we will gather for a plenary on the challenges faced by essential workers in the food industry during the pandemic. This panel will feature Mohamed Attia (Executive Director, Street Vendor Project), Dorothy Sue Cobble (Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Labor Studies, Rutgers University), Ryan Coffel (Colectivo Collective Union Organizer), Carlos Enriquez (Restaurant Organizing Project, Democratic Socialists of America), and Ben Wilkins (Organizing Director, NC Raise Up).

On Monday, May 24, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a night of music and poetry as well as a virtual tour of Vaxo Manka's murals in Pittsburgh's St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

On Tuesday, May 25, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a screening and roundtable discussion of Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s documentary film, 9to5: Story of A Movement.

On Wednesday, May 26, at 6 pm (ET), the LAWCHA Membership Meeting will begin with a short greeting from an organizer of the B’Amazon Union Council of RWDSU, which is supporting the organization of workers at Amazon warehouses in Bessemer and across the South. The meeting will also include the announcement of this year’s LAWCHA Distinguished Service to Labor History Award and other prizes as well as a discussion of LAWCHA’s future led by Vice President Cindy Hahamovitch.

On Thursday, May 27, at 8 pm (ET), we will gather for a plenary, The New Labor Journalist and the First Draft of Working-Class History. The session will feature Michelle Chen (Dissent/Nation), Steven Greenhouse (formerly NY Times), Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue), Juliana Reyes (Philadelphia Inquirer), and Micah Uetricht (Jacobin).

To close the conference, we will have a screening of Adrian Filmadria's new documentary film, Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle on Friday, May 28, at 8 pm (ET).

Closer to the conference, everyone who registers will receive an email with the password to access the webpage with links to all conference events.

Please spread the word about the conference and network with attendees on social media by using the hashtag #lawcha2021!

Posted: May 11, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia