Session Type(s): Panel, Streamed Session
Starts: Saturday, Jul. 15 9:00 AM (Central)
Ends: Saturday, Jul. 15 10:00 AM (Central)
Room: Salon A-1
We’re in the midst of a historic uprising by workers. From Starbucks baristas and fast-food workers to gig workers and airline cleaners, workers are tired of corporations wielding all the power and they’re standing up to demand a voice on the job through a union with a force and clarity like never before. They are leading the charge on game-changing legislative approaches, rejecting a status quo that has never worked for working people, and in the process, inspiring other workers to unite together and demand a better future for their families and communities with unions for all. Come hear from workers who are leading the way on some of the most innovative and game-changing organizing and progressive legislative approaches with victories both nationally and in the states.
Kim Kelly is a freelance journalist and the author of ‘FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor.’ She is currently a labor columnist for Teen Vogue and Fast Company, and her writings on labor, politics, and culture have appeared in the Nation, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the Baffler, the New York Times, and many others. She is a proud member of and councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East, and is based in Philadelphia.
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Pedro Castro has been a driver for Uber and Lyft for 12 years, and he has become a powerful spokesperson for the benefits of unionization since joining the fight for the Rideshare Drivers Justice bill a few months ago. A father of four and grandfather of two, Pedro experienced firsthand the benefits of union membership at various factory jobs he held in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States in 1994. Now, this Boston resident is struggling like most drivers to make the same income he made just a few years ago. He has spoken about his plight before a State House committee, and he regularly helps coach other drivers to represent themselves and the interests of all drivers before legislators and the press.
Mysheka Ronquillo is a worker/leader with the Fight for $15 and a Union in California. She is a mom of one and resides with her family in Los Angeles, California. She works at Jack In The Box and is a home care provider. Mysheka is a fierce advocate for empowered communities and workers rights, including improved working conditions for fast food workers. She’s most recently advocating for a statewide Fast Food Council to give workers a seat at the table to improve workplace conditions and higher pay.