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2011.02.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 9

Omaha - Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 9 by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The 12th annual conference, titled "Promoting the General Welfare," will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. The sessions and presenters:

Morning Plenary
- "Organized Labor's Contributions to Economic and Social Justice" Liz Shuler, secretary treasurer, AFL-CIO

Workshops
- "Understanding Taxation and its Contribution to Our Nation's Commonwealth" Rebecca Thiess, policy analyst, Economic Policy Institute

- "Retirement: How This Important Component of the American Dream Has Changed Over the Last 30 Years" Ken Kriz, Ph.D., UNO School of Public Administration

- "The Ties Between Union Density and National Happiness" Benjamin Radcliff, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame and Alexander C. Pacek, Ph.D., Texas A&M

Closing Plenary
- "Putting it all Together - Finding Ways to Make a Difference" Elise Bryant, National Labor College Registration is limited to the first 120 participants.

Early registration is under way through Friday, April 1 and costs $25 for students and $35 for general admission. After April 2, registration increases to $35 for students and $45 for general admission. For a refund of your registration fee, you must cancel 48 hours prior to April 9.

To register, call 402.595.2344. For more information, visit the website at http://www.unomaha.edu/wbils/conferences.php. Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for participants who request them in advance.

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