Progressive Labor Summit on 4/9
Discount code for clubs included!
Join the Progressive Labor Summit next Saturday!
DISCOUNT CODE FOR DEM CLUBS: PLS2022_SDCDP
The Progressive Labor Summit is a one-day event, bringing together members of the San Diego Labor community with left-of-center activists and leaders to build stronger understanding, knowledge, skills, and partnerships in tackling the broader social challenges we are facing today.
Within the context of the current political climate, it is more important than ever that we are able to build strong, authentic relationships that allow us to move forward together in solidarity, as we strive towards greater justice for the communities we serve and represent. While many of us have collaborated and interacted tangentially — and are even members of both organized Labor and the Democratic Party — the new political landscape requires us to be more intentional and strategic than ever in order to create the changes we seek.
The fifth annual summit will occur online and in-person and help us strengthen our foundation for vital progressive work.
Plenary Session Panels:
Union Busting IS Disgusting - The recent surge of newly invigorated organizing culture among workers at giant, multi-national corporations such as Amazon and Starbucks, and right here in our own back yard in San Diego has resulted in the very public exposure of age-old union-busting tactics being used by employers and management. Hear from experts and the workers who are continuing to press for a union against all odds.
Unions Are Good, Actually: Legislating in Support of Labor - Labor leaders join San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Chair Nathan Fletcher from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and to talk about how to create and pass not just pro-worker policy, but pro-union policy that raises the bar for working conditions while empowering workers to bargain effectively for themselves.
¿Se puede? Making Labor’s Radical Past into its Radical Future - Journalist and author Kim Kelly and incoming head of the California Labor Fed Lorena Gonzalez interview each other about the intersectional past of the labor movement and how that history can provide a blueprint for its future.
Oh, You’re Gonna Be Surprised, We’re Going to Organize: New Unions Everywhere - For decades, union membership has fallen and entire industries have been left unorganized. But in recent years, workers are standing up and organizing in some unexpected places, from legislative staff to childcare to big tech. Where are these new unionization efforts taking us and what's on the horizon?
Shelter from the Storm: Building Quality Housing with Quality Jobs - Representatives from the Building and Construction Trades, housing developers, financers, and elected officials discuss how to overcome roadblocks to sufficient housing supply and provide appropriate housing for all.
Breakout Session Panels:
Get Thee Behind Me: Emerging From the Right-Wing Wilderness - A decade after the right-wing political wave crested in San Diego, we're still working to dig out of the damage that decades of poorly conceived and often illegal governance created in the region. A panel of people on the front lines of crafting the recovery discuss what's been done and what's next on the list.
More Than Just a Transition: Greening Existing Jobs - Environmental advocates, union members, and policy makers discuss how to ensure that our transition to cleaner energy protects the livelihoods of current impacted workers.
Taking the High Road: Equity in Cannabis - The legalized cannabis industry has sparked complex discussions about how to ensure equity for workers, customers, and communities that were negatively impacted by the decades-long war on drugs. Industry experts, workers representatives, and policy makers discuss how to get the balance right.
We Don’t Mind Working, But We Do Mind Dying: Equity in Public Health - The ongoing COVID pandemic has been overlaid on existing shortcomings in our health systems, homelessness response, and ability to effectively create and maintain healthy communities for everyone. What have we learned about the gaps in our systems, what new challenges are emerging, and how do we fix what's not working?
Unmasking the Ongoing Right-Wing Assault on Education - Longstanding efforts to undermine public education have seized on new challenges presented during the pandemic to organize and redouble their efforts. Nationwide, these efforts are targeting school boards and seeking dramatic restrictions on LGBTQ community, accurate discussions of history, and a revitalized effort to ban books. Education experts talk about how newly-emerging flashpoints are connected to decades-long efforts to undermine education, and how these battles are being waged in San Diego.