2009.03.12 > For Immediate Release
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Brennan Institute Labor Conference Set for April 4 at UNO
Omaha - The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the 10th annual Labor Community Conference Saturday, April 4. “Promoting the General Welfare” is the event's title and overarching theme.
The daylong conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center, third floor.
The keynote speaker is Mark Ayres, president of the AFL-CIO’s Building Trades Council. Ayres will speak on the topic, “An injury to one is an injury to all.”
Details of the conference’s three core workshops are as follows.
Looking at immigration through a “union lens”
Angel Gonzalez Irizarry J.D., University of Iowa Labor Center
The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. We have a long history of welcoming immigrants who come here for a chance to achieve the American dream. But the history of the interplay between immigration and the employer/employee relationship is neither taught nor well understood. This workshop will examine the controversy about today’s immigration from a union perspective. See why the union expression “an injury to one, is an injury to all” is just as true today as it was over 100 years ago.
Understanding the role of government in everyday life
Edgar Moore, UNO William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
Americans are of two polar extremes in viewing the role of government in every day life: (1) “The deeper purpose of democratic government is to assist as many of its citizens as possible—especially those who need it most—to improve their conditions of life, to retain all personal liberty which does not adversely affect their neighbors, and to pursue the happiness which comes with security and an opportunity for recreation and culture;” or (2) “Government isn’t the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” This workshop will explore the role of government in our democracy whose Constitution states the government exists, in part, to promote the General Welfare.
The need for health care reform now
Jennifer Carter J.D., Director of the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed
The U.S. is the only modern industrialized nation that doesn’t have some form of universal access to health care for its citizens. We ration health care on the ability to pay, leaving approximately 47 million with no health care coverage. The rapidly increasing cost of health insurance is also limiting the ability of entrepreneurs to both start a business and treat their employees well. This workshop will explore the problems associated with a worsening health care crisis and the many potential solutions.
Stewart Acuff, special assistant to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, will address the closing plenary: “Putting it all together—finding ways to make a
difference.” Acuff brings with him a lifetime of experience working to empower the disenfranchised and expand democracy in and out of the workplace. He’ll share insights into how to use the knowledge gained to become more effective agents for change.
Tickets cost $20 for students and $30 for the general public through Friday, March 27. After March 27, tickets cost $30 for students; $40 for the public. On-site registration the day of the conference begins at 8 a.m. The conference fee includes lunch. There are five CEUs available for social workers who attend the entire conference.
To register for the conference, or for more information, call (402) 595-2344. Visit http://laborstudies.unomaha.edu for more information about the conference.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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