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2006.01.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Brennan Institute Conference Set for March 11

Omaha - The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host its Seventh Annual Labor Community Conference on Saturday, March 11.  "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme.

Edwin D. "Ed" Hill, the international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), AFL-CIO, will open the conference with an address titled "The Fight for America's Future."  Hill has been a member of the IBEW since 1956 and began serving his local union a year after turning out as a journeyman.  He became the union's international president in 2001.

During his career, Hill has said that he has personally witnessed the loss of the American Dream.  He served his union while secure jobs that paid fair wages and ended in pensions that assured a safe retirement disappeared.  Hill's presentation will serve as a reminder about the universal issues of fairness, justice and equity, said John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

"Ed Hill is a great leader in the labor movement and a great speaker," Kretzschmar said.  "His presentation is extremely timely in today's labor environment."

In addition to Hill, workshop and plenary sessions will include:

·      "The Wal-Marting of America," presented by a representative from the Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign;

·      "Unionism 101," presented by Kretzschmar;

·      "Human Rights and the American Dream," presented by Henry Rosemont Jr., professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland, senior consulting professor at Fudan University in China, and professional lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. 

·      Closing plenary by Elise Bryant, a senior staff associate at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies/National Labor College.  Bryant is also the leader of the DC Labor Chorus, as well as an actress, playwright and theatre director.

All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Registation for the event is $20 for students and $30 for the general public through March 3.  After March 3, the registration fee is $30 for students; $40 for the public.  The fee includes lunch.

To register for the conference, call (402) 595-2344. For more information, visit the conference Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wbils/lbrconf.html.

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