Paul E. Almeida has been President of the Department for Professional Employees (DPE), AFL-CIO since 2001. Prior to DPE, Almeida was President of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO & CLC. In 2000 he was one of the leaders of the longest strike, lasting nearly six weeks, by Boeing engineers. This job action was one of the largest strikes by professional workers in the nation’s history. Almeida received his degree in engineering from Franklin Institute of Boston and was employed by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston from 1971–1994. Almeida currently serves on several policy committees of the AFL-CIO, including: Vice Chair of the immigration committee; and member of the education and training; legislative/public policy; international affairs; organizing; strategic approaches; and women workers committee. Almeida is a board member of the Albert Shanker Institute, the Labor Advisory Board of American Income Life, and past board member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
Today, American democracy is in crisis, and voter suppression is at the center of that crisis. There is ample evidence that it has been used to thwart the democratic will of “we the people” in a different states and in a number of recent elections. Our panel gathers not to belabor the self-evident – that voter suppression is morally wrong and injurious to democracy – but to discuss, from a variety of perspectives, what we should be doing to end it.Wednesday, January 9, 2019, noon to 2:00, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. More information and registration.