Short course on Labor and a Jobs Guarantee
Time & Location
About the Event
Amid a health & economic crisis that has destroyed millions of jobs, a summer of uprisings that once again highlighted the deprivation of Black communities, and growing climate chaos, some policymakers are reconsidering a policy tool with a long history: to have the federal government provide jobs directly to anyone who wants one. But there are many questions about what a job guarantee can or should look like—especially how it can actually strengthen working class power.
On April 1, 8, and 15, three Thursdays in a row at 1pm EDT, you’re invited to join a short course on Labor and a Jobs Guarantee, hosted by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC (RLS-NYC), United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity (GISP), and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)!
This series will serve three purposes. It will:
1) be a popular education training on the Jobs Guarantee (JG);
2) highlight the historic potential of a JG for racial justice and climate justice; and
3) most importantly, build links between those advocating for a jobs guarantee and those fighting for a strong, mass, working-class, labor movement, following the framework of UE’s Them and Us Unionism.
This course will feature organizers and policymakers including Sara Nelson, Carl Rosen, Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Judy Ancel, Dr. William (Sandy) Darity Jr., Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, Keon Liberato, Kari Thompson, Sydney Ghazarian, and more!
The first week will focus on the jobs guarantee, and specifically the possibilities presented by Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s Jobs Guarantee Resolution. It will lay out the concept, what is included, and what is not included in the JG policy proposal, and explore its historic potential with regards to racial justice, climate, and labor.
The second week will pick up the strands and focus on the labor movement today. The invited labor leaders will talk about the challenges and opportunities facing unions today, and how the jobs guarantee can be a game changer for the mass, broad-based, labor movement that is necessary to achieve the Green New Deal.
The third week will be smaller interactive facilitated discussions to draw out the links from the first two weeks, in order to build toward a common understanding of what a labor-centered jobs guarantee could look like—and what it would take to make it a reality.
The panel discussions will be livestreamed & posted on Youtube. All sessions are open to the public. Rank-and-file union members are especially welcome to participate in the 3rd session!
Please circulate the registration link and promote this timely series in your networks!