Working for the Common Good at the Bargaining Table and Beyond

From Broadband for All to The Schools Our Students Deserve, both private and public sector unions and community allies have focused their power on advancing an agenda focused on the common good—a dedicated persistence to improve all people’s lives-- that goes beyond traditional wages, benefits, and working conditions. While Bargaining for the Common Good has become more familiar in the last decade, unions have continued to push the boundaries of their traditional roles pursuing common cause with their communities and developing additional avenues for victories for all. For example, unions and community organizations have sought broad-based victories for both their membership and the greater community through the judicial and legislative systems, in addition to the bargaining table.

Unions are seeing an unprecedented amount of interest and support. Thus these are the perfect conditions for an unparalleled level of organizing to expand efforts for the common good at the bargaining table and in all other arenas as well.

PLENARY I
WELCOME: Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: Joseph McCartin, Professor and Executive Director Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University

WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD IN THE COURTS, IN THE LEGISLATURE, AND AT THE BARGAINING TABLE
Mark Dimondstein, President, American Postal Workers Union
Christopher Shelton, President, Communication Workers of America
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

PLENARY II
NEXT STEPS: RECOMMENTATIONS AND COMMITMENTS TO SUPPORT THIS WORK
From Public Sector:
Fedrick Ingram, Secretary Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers
Jessica Tang, President Boston Teachers Union
From the Private Sector:
Larry Cohen, President Emeritus, Communication Workers of America
Javier Morillo, Fellow, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO), Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations; past-President SEIU, Local 26
Moderator: Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute