Meeting in a year in which surging corporate power has threatened both unions and democracy as we know it, the 2013 LAWCHA conference in New York City focuses on how varied groups of working people have built the solidarity needed to challenge their employers, each other, their communities, and the state to seek justice and improve their lives. Historically and today women, immigrants and people of color have often been at the forefront of these struggles. Many have seen the revitalization of their organizations—unions, cooperatives, mutual aid societies, and political movements—as critical to their struggles for equality and democracy in and beyond the workplace. In the present moment, faced with obstacles to organizing that evoke earlier centuries, workers and their allies are creating innovative organizational forms and strategies in the U.S. and around the world.Download the official LAWCHA 2013 Conference Program
New: The conference has passed and was a success! LAWCHA Conference 2013 Recap and Reports
About the Conference
WhereThe 2013 LAWCHA Conference will be held in New York City, right in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Conference panels and roundtables will be held at the Graduate Center for Worker Education, on the 7th Floor of 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004. Plenaries and other events will be held in venues nearby. For more information, see the Program. Useful links:
WhenThe conference will take place from Thursday, June 6th through Saturday the 8th, 2013. The committee is working closely with the Left Forum in New York, so as to reduce conflicts and allow interested scholars and activists to participate in panels, presentations, and plenaries for both events.
- Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, CUNY
- Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development
- City College of New York, Center for Worker Education, CUNY
- Consortium for Worker Education (Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO)
- Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs
- Empire State, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
- Haymarket Books
- The Murphy Institute, School of Professional Studies CUNY
- National Labor College
- New York University Department of History
- Worker Institute, Cornell University ILR School
- Workforce Development Institute
Online Registration ClosedOnsite registration will be available through check only.
|Register & Join LAWCHA||$120||$70||$70|
|One-Day Registration (Saturday, June 8)||$35||$25||$25|
RegistrationsWe are truly proud that LAWCHA is both an international organization. This year’s conference registrations reflect that fact, with guests from Thailand, to New York, to New Zealand. For a more detailed breakdown of where our registrants hail from, we have assembled some of the data below. For an interactive map, see the page for the LAWCHA 2013 Conference Guest Countries, Cities, and States. Note: no sensitive data is contained in this map.
AccommodationsThe three hotels listed below are union hotels, but other accommodations like the YMCA and our various hostels are not. There is a website dedicated especially for searching for union hotels in New York City, however, run by the New York Hotel Workers’ Union. Columbia University also has a list of Short-term Housing Options near their campus, most at affordable rates. If you have questions or comments, please contact our accommodations organizer, Chris Michael, at [email protected] or by phone, 1-646-789-8078.
If you have questions or comments, please contact our accommodations organizer, Chris Michael, at [email protected] or by phone, 1-646-789-8078.
Conference ProgramLAWCHA extends a generous thanks to this year’s program committee for organizing the conference:
- Chair: Kim Phillips Brooklyn College
- Co-Chair: Immanuel Ness Brooklyn College
- Joey Fink UNC Chapel Hill
- Erik Gellman Roosevelt University
- Laurie Green University of Texas, Austin
- Jim Gregory University of Washington
- Clarence Lang University of Kansas
- Chris Michael Graduate Center, CUNY
- Priscilla Murolo Sarah Lawrence College
- Ryan Poe Duke University
- Jacob Remes SUNY Empire State College
- Shelton Stromquist University of Iowa
- Daniel Walkowitz New York University