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Two UAW leaders will discuss workers’ rights in a global economy at WSU’s North American Labor History Conference

10/16/13

When the conversation turns to labor, it’s an issue that crosses geographical borders. Two UAW leaders will help explain the importance and impact of global solidarity during the 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference (NALHC) Oct. 24-26 at Wayne State University’s (WSU) McGregor Memorial Conference Center.

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and Moe Fitzsimmons, director of the UAW Global Organizing Institute, will discuss immigration and solidarity with Mexican workers during the three-day conference featuring addresses, book talks, panels, roundtables, and other events related to a variety of topics under the theme of “Geographies of Labor.”

Estrada will address the group in a luncheon meeting Friday, Oct. 25, on the topic “In Defense of Immigrant Worker’s Rights in a Global Economy.” The luncheon is co-sponsored by the WSU Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

A luncheon on Saturday will focus on the UAW Mexico campaign and feature Fitzsimmons as the moderator with panelists Huberto Juárez, Autonomous University of Puebla, and UAW International Representative Salvador Quintana.

Other special event offerings include film screenings of “Harvest of Empire” and “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” Also scheduled is a guided tour of the DIA’s Diego Rivera murals.

Researchers, union members, activists and students will attend meetings and discussions led by scholars from North America and around the globe. In addition to formal papers, the program includes poetry, discussions of labor activism and daily keynote addresses.

Francis Shor, WSU professor of history and NALHC organizer, says this year’s conference explores transformations in technology and economic, social, political and cultural practices over the last several centuries. “These transformations have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment.”

Individual sessions are free and open to the public. However, there is a fee for the luncheons, which can be booked separately. For UAW locals interested in sending a delegation to the conference, the group registration fee is $250. There is also a daily rate.

For further information about the conference or to buy tickets, visit http://nalhc.wayne.edu/Home.html, or contact Shor at (313) 577-9325 or f.shor@wayne.edu.