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Profs. Brittain, Henderson Promote Labor Organizing as a Civil Right

Thursday, July 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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On July 30, 2014, UDC Law Professors John Brittain and Wade Henderson participated in Congressman Keith Ellison's press event in support of a new bill that would include labor organizing as a civil right.  Below, Prof. Brittain is pictured with Congressman John Lewis.  (More information below the photo!) 



Press Conference Agenda

2pm Opening: Mr. Ellison and Mr. Lewis made opening remarks.

Introduced Victims of Labor Discrimination: Mr. Ellison introduced 3 victims of labor discrimination and they will share their stories.
- Alex Paz, truck driver fired for organizing in LA.
o Alex lead the recent week-long ULP strike by truck drivers at the Ports of LA & Long Beach. He was recently fired for organizing, combating misclassification and filing wage hour claims with the California Labor Commissioner. 
- Keyona Dandridge, Federal contract worker fired for striking.
o Keyona prepares and serves food in a federal facility. She participated in a strike demanding higher wages and was fired.
- Edilcia Vanegas, Federal Contract worker 
o Works at the Ronald Regan building and is owed over 30,000 in back wages.

Introduction of Labor, Civil Rights, and Business Leaders: Mr. Ellison introduced leaders from the labor, civil rights, and business community
- Joslyn Williams, President of AFL-CIO Metro D.C. Council
- Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference
- Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel of the National Women’s Law Counsel
- Leo Hindery, co-chair of the Task Force on Jobs Creation, founder of Jobs First 2012, managing Partner of InterMedia Partners
- Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation
- John Brittain, former Chief Counsel for Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Professor, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

2:45 Closing Remarks
- Mr. Ellison and Mr. Lewisclosed the conference.

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