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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
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"Promoting the General Welfare"

Tenth Annual Labor Studies Conference

04, 2009
9 am–5 pm
Registration to begin at 8:00 am


University of Nebraska Omaha
Milo Bail Student Center
6001 Dodge St.

Omaha Nebraska


 Registration Information
Registration is limited to the first 100 participants
Payment may be made via cash or check.


Early registration until
Friday, March 27
Students $20
General admission $30

After March 27
Students $30
General admission $40




Social Work CEUs
6 hrs are available!


The University of Nebraska is an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution.

"The labor movement was the principal force that transofrmed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold strugges, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1965

UNO's William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies is proud to bring you a one day conference exploring how to expand the boundaries of our democracy.

Who Should Attend:

  • Local union members and their leaders
  • Members and leaders of community and faith based organizations
  • Faculty and students interested in expanding the boundaries of our democracy
  • Professionals in the field of social work

    Morning Plenary: An injury to One is an injury to all.
    Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
    Mr. Ayers will explain how the old trade union adage "An injury to one is an injury to all" applies to the state of affairs in our state, nation, and indeed the world today.

    The following presentations will run 75 minutes and be repeated three times during the conference:

    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 emplolyer/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 polor 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 or 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 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 of us 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 to it.

    Closing Plenary: putting it all together - find ways to make a difference. Stewart Acuff, Director or Organizing, American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
    Mr. 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 we can use the knowledge we gained today to become more effective agents for change.