Young union organizers to speak at upcoming event

Following several months of headline news about unions, workers and labour, Brock’s Department of Labour Studies and the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) will co-host a virtual event featuring young organizers from Amazon, Starbucks and cannabis retailers.

Generation Organize: Young Workers and the Future of Unions,” a free virtual discussion focused on youth, work and the future of the labour movement, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Assistant Professor Paul Gray calls the upsurge in workplace organizing and unionizing “inspiring.”

“These young workers have had impressive success organizing in difficult sectors and among some of the most anti-union companies in the country,” says Gray. “At this event, we will hear workers in key union struggles talk about the challenges they have faced and the strategies they have developed.”

Gray says that all are welcome, but students are especially encouraged to attend this online event and learn about organizing in the workplace.

Those interested in attending are asked register in advance.

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