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LWV Voter Education Series: Union 101 for Sweet Home Alabama

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On Monday June 10, 2024 at 6:30pm Adam Keller of Alabama Arise and Jennifer Sherer of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) will reprise their discussion of what unions do, who today’s union members are, and why unions matter for racial, gender, and economic justice and democracy—especially in Alabama.

The League of Women Voters Alabama believes that governments must respect human, labor, religious, and political rights of all people. Alabama is ultimately responsible for maintaining environmental standards as well as health, labor, and human rights that are more stringent than international standards or than those of its trading partners. Over the last several years, the State of Alabama has seen a surge in union organizing, as workers are seeking to receive equitable and fair treatment from their employers. The Alabama government continues a long history of being fiercely anti-union and anti-worker. Alabama uses the term “right to work” in an attempt to obfuscate and confuse the public into thinking that the state is acting in the interest of workers, when in fact they are harming them.

Here are some of the topics they will be discussing during this forum:

  • “What impact do unions have in workplaces and in the broader economy?
  • How do state or local policies on collective bargaining, “right to work,” or other measures expand or limit worker power and how have changes to state labor policy affected Alabama over time?
  • Who are union members today and where/why are new generations of workers unionizing?
  • Which workers have or haven’t had the chance to join a union, and why?
  • What opportunities exist right now for expanding worker power through organizing and policy reform?”

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