AIAS Lunch Seminar 16 oktober - Ruth Milkman (CUNY Graduate Center & the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at SPS)

‘The Labor Movement and Precarious Worker Organizing in the USA

Ruth Milkman":

Day: Thursday 16 October 2014
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 2nd floor, G building, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 15 October, 12.00 hrs, to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


The twenty-first century US labor movement has increasingly come to resemble its counterpart in the Gilded Age a century ago. Starting in the 1970s, deindustrialization and deregulation began to gradually undermine the New Deal labor relations system, and simultaneously led to the proliferation of precarious labor. In response, many unionists began to experiment with alternative organizing strategies and increasingly sought out political alliances with other progressive movements, reproducing practices that were widespread among US unions prior to the New Deal era. Although many of these experiments have succeeded on a small scale, they face intransigent opposition from employers and anti-union organizations, and whether they can be expanded enough to generate a new labor movement upsurge remains to be seen.


Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at SPS, served as Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment from 2001 to 2008. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before moving to UCLA in 1988, she was on the faculty at the City University of New York, and then returned to CUNY at the end of 2009. She has written extensively about work and labor organization in the United States, including four sole-authored books: Gender At Work: The Dynamics Of Job Segregation During World War II, which was awarded the 1987 Joan Kelly Prize from the American Historical Association; Japan’s California Factories: Labor Relations And Economic Globalization; Farewell To The Factory: Auto Workers In The Late 20th Century; and L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers And The Future Of The U.S. Labor Movement. Work in progress includes a study of California‚Äôs paid family leave program as well as research on wage theft and other violations of employment law. For more information visit

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Nuria Ramos Martin
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