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Faith and Labor Webinar - Shared screen with speaker view
BETTY HUNG
01:04:58
name, pronoun(s), organization, geographic location, expectations or what you hope to learn from this webinar?
Bridie Roberts
01:05:23
Bridie Roberts, She/Hers, California, UNITE HERE Local 11 and Hollywood United Methodist Church
Abdi Muse
01:05:29
Abdi,Awood Center,Minnesota
Jon Stratton
01:05:34
The Rev. Jon Stratton (he/him). Trinity Episcopal Church St. Louis.
Jay Deck
01:05:40
Jay Deck, Virginia Education Association, Harrisonburg, VA
Michael Livingston
01:05:41
Michael Livingston, Riverside Church, NYC
Regan McBride
01:05:41
Regan McBride (she/her), UFCW21, Seattle
patrick carolan
01:05:42
Patrick Carolan Maryland vote common good
Joerg Rieger
01:05:45
Joerg Rieger (he/er), Professor, Vanderbilt University, Director Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice
Jeff Korgen
01:05:51
Jeff Korgen (he, him, y’all) evaluation consultant, Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Joseph McCartin
01:05:52
Joe McCartin, he/him, Kalmanovitz Initiative, Georgetown University
Connor VanAllman
01:05:56
Connor, he/him/his, Fordham Faculty United/SEIU Local 200United, New York City
Clayton Sinyai
01:05:57
Clayton Sinyai, Catholic Labor Network
Morgan, Sarah
01:06:01
Sarah Morgan (she/her/hers), ILO-USA, Washington, DC
Marilyn Sneiderman
01:06:05
Marilyn Sneiderman, she hers, Washington DC Rutgers Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) and BCG
kathleenmaasweigert
01:06:06
Kathleen Maas Weigert, Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership. Chicago, IL.
Yusuf Barzinji
01:06:07
Yusuf Barzinji, He/him pronouns, Organizing Specialist for Fairfax Education Association, hope to learn how to best organize religious places of worship.
Sam Wohns
01:06:10
Sam Wohns (he/him); Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Durham, NC/occupied Eno land
David Kociemba (he/his)
01:06:12
David Kociemba, East Coast Organizer for the AAUP, hailing from the great state of Massachusetts. I’m hoping for guidance on how to bring faith leaders into the fight for equitable and democratic campuses
Francisco Garcia
01:06:12
Rev. Francisco Garcia, Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice @ Vanderbilt Divinity School; BCG Advisory Committee
Valerie Copeland
01:06:21
Valerie Copeland, she/her, Boston, ways faith communities can partner with labor unions to improve the lives of working people
Andrea Zanetti SEIU
01:06:25
Andrea Zanetti, SHe/Her SEIU 1021. Director for North Coast Region of California from Marin County to Oregon Boarder
Doug Mork
01:06:28
Rev. Doug Mork, he/him, Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Anna K (she/her)
01:06:30
Anna, she/her, AFT, Atlanta, just hear to learn what is working and what the challenges are in coalition building of this kind.
Daniel Galvin
01:06:32
Dan Galvin (he/him), professor at Northwestern University
Kermit Moore
01:06:37
Kermit Moore, he, Memphis A Philip Randolph Instiyute
Cheryl Miller
01:06:44
Cheryl Miller - Teamsters 117, Union Rep - She/Hers - looking for positive partnerships!
Joshua Jordan
01:06:49
Josh Jordan, he/him/his. Faculty, Fordham. Chair, Fordham Faculty United/SEIU Local 200United
Adam C, he/him, PA
01:06:50
Adam Clark, he/him, PA State Edu Ass'n - hope to learn effective approaches for community bargaining
Suzanne Wall she/her
01:06:59
Suzanne Wall, she/her/sister, Mass Teachers Assoc, union organizer, on land of the Wampanoag people (MA)
Spencer Shimek
01:07:00
Spencer Shimek (he/him), incoming Master's student in Labor Studies at Rutgers, no union (yet!)
Saqib Bhatti
01:07:08
Saqib Bhatti, he/him, Action Center on Race and the Economy, Kentucky - hoping to learn about groundbreaking campaigns
D-EUA-AFL-CIO Vonda McDaniel
01:07:12
Vonda McDaniel she/her Nashville Central Labor Council of Nashville/Middle TN
Candace Lilyquist
01:07:17
Candace Lilyquist- She/Her - Organizational Specialist, NEA, Arlington, VA
Kermit Moore
01:07:17
A Philip Randolph Institute
Anton McParland
01:07:25
Anton McParland. SEIU Local 500.
Rigo Valdez (he/him)
01:07:29
Rigo Valdez, he/him, MLK Labor/UFCW770
Rafael Morataya
01:07:33
Rafael Morataya He/Him ; American Federation of Teachers , Community Coordinator for West Coast
Michael Flores-Castaneda
01:07:38
Michael Flores0Castaneda, he/him, Human Rights Consultant, California Teachers Association - eager to leran about community partnerships
Kasi Perreira (she/her) WSLC
01:07:39
Hi all, Kasi (she/her), WA State Labor Council, on unceded Duwamish and Muckleshoot territories (aka Kent, WA)
Kimberly Adams
01:07:41
Kimberly Adams (she/her), President, Fairfax Education Association, Fairfax, VA - improving students' learning conditions as they are our employees' working conditions.
Sam Wohns
01:07:54
yes!
Murph Brown
01:07:56
Murph Brown, she series, MTA-Quincy, Mass. lea& information
Luis Caraballo-Burgos
01:07:56
Luis Caraballo-Burgos, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Boston... everything Betty is talking about with educator local unions.
Emma
01:08:00
Emma Galvin, she/her, Alliance for Fair Food/Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee Florida
Brian Eldridge
01:08:02
Brian Eldridge (he/him), California Teachers Assoc, I am not a religious person, so looking to learn how to connecting labor and faith.
Taylor
01:08:04
Taylor Baker, she/her, Student at George Mason University
Norine Gutekanst
01:08:18
Norine Gutekanst, retired CTU
Robin Harvey
01:08:50
Robin Harvey, she/her, NLRB field attorney (here in a personal capacity)
Emmanuel he/him
01:09:26
Emmanuel Flores, he/him/his, DePaul University Labor Education Center, Chicago, IL, I hope to learn the intersection of faith and labor
bob king
01:10:05
Bob King, Retired UAW & Active LEO AFT MI
Makeba Walls-Robinson she/her
01:13:51
Makeba Walls-Robinson, she/her, Caucus of Working Educators, PFT, Phila. Pa.
chap clark he/him LA Voice
01:14:19
Chap Clark he/him MSW, LA Voice, Civic Engagement Organizer, Los Angeles
Marilyn Sneiderman
01:42:14
please be blunt and real!!
Marilyn Sneiderman
01:42:22
Thank you
KB Brower
01:42:26
in about five minutes we will open it up to Q&A— please start writing your questions in the chat and we will get to as many as possible!
Francisco Garcia
01:42:27
Yes! This is how we will move forward
Jeff Korgen
01:43:46
Question: How have you been able to engage faith leaders outside of the religious left and what was most effective about your strategy?
David Kociemba (he/his)
01:44:59
Are there examples of faith-labor alliances in higher ed with faculty unions? Are there specific obstacles to such a coalition?
Connor VanAllman
01:46:38
Francisco and Bridie, both of you have used words like “authentic” to describe effective relationships between labor and faith. Do you have examples of what inauthentic relationships between labor and faith looking like? What doesn’t work as far as authenticity goes when beginning relationships between labor and faith if currently no relationship exists?
RaCarol Woodard She/Her The Equity Alliance
01:47:58
This is great! I would love to connect for TN
Jim Dixon
01:48:57
Alex Tindal Wiesendanger has an excellent book "Seeds of Justice: Organizing Your Church to Transform the World" that helps Pastors think about activating a church. https://www.christianbook.com/seeds-justice-organizing-church-transform-world/alex-wiesendanger/9781626983656/pd/983656
Doug Mork
01:49:17
How have you addressed the power differential challenges of working in a mostly white majority faith context with mostly BIPOC workers who are organizing
Melissa Powell cwa1168
01:50:09
Hello all my name is Melissa Powell Buffalo NY better organizing skills and build more leadership skills
Makeba Walls-Robinson she/her
01:57:15
yessss
Anna Woodbury
01:57:24
Same @Jeff's q
RaCarol Woodard She/Her The Equity Alliance
01:59:19
Yes strategic
Joerg Rieger
02:00:29
Here are some resources on religion and labor from the Wendland-Cook Program at Vanderbilt: https://www.religionandjustice.org/labor-and-religion; and here: https://www.religionandjustice.org/interventions-forum-faith-class-and-labor; and a book on the topic: https://chalicepress.com/products/unified-we-are-a-force
KB Brower
02:00:58
thanks Joerg, folks should definitely check out Wendland-Cook!! And for those who have to leave on the hour, here’s like the BCG website:
KB Brower
02:01:04
https://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/
KB Brower
02:01:18
and attached here is a memo with concrete examples of “common good” bargaining demands:
Michael Livingston
02:01:21
This is great, friends. Sorry I have to leave.
Makeba Walls-Robinson she/her
02:01:48
do you find that there are people of faith that don't want to participate in unions? They consider it too worldly
patrick carolan
02:02:04
can you talk about the importance of language is. I gave a talk a couple years ago in western Pa on environmental justice. I talked all about the Green New deal without once mentioning the GND. At the end these folks who would be considered conservative Catholics were all in agreement.
KB Brower
02:02:24
https://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bargaining-Demands-Memo-Long-12.2020.pdf
Ana Garcia-Ashley
02:02:46
Gracias!!! Great Job!!! ana@gamaliel.org
Frank Thornton
02:03:24
Rent a Pastor approach
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:03:42
Love the “authenticity” here!!
Ana Garcia-Ashley
02:05:13
We need to build the relationships before we need each other.
patrick carolan
02:05:37
amen to that Ana
Jeff Korgen
02:05:39
Great meeting, sorry I have to leave
Doug Mork
02:05:49
This is one of the many gifts of BCG, this anchoring in long term shared values that are beyond individual labor fights and look at the whole person and the whole community
Bridie Roberts
02:06:18
Exactly!
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:06:23
Amen to that Ana! And you have been leading on this! Agree, Doug!!
Kevin Hilton
02:07:23
I think its also important to approach new relationships with an open mind to new perspectives. Try to avoid seeking confirmation for pre-determined outcomes.
Connor VanAllman
02:07:34
Thank you for the compliment CJ :)
RaCarol Woodard She/Her The Equity Alliance
02:09:05
RaCarol Woodard email: racarol@theequityalliance.orghttps://theequityalliance.org/
Candace Lilyquist
02:09:22
This is really great. The sabbatical project I am working with is about this very topic. I am documenting the faith/belief groups across the nation. Plus, looking to connect some of the Red for Ed Campaigns and the role of the faith/belief groups and how they were connected. It would be great to connect with anyone who is interested in discussing this with me. clilyquist@nea.org or 202-431-6715
Doug Mork
02:10:56
For some on the labor side with little or only negative experiences of faith communities, just meeting those communities that value justice can be transformative. It's the same way for faith folks with no knowledge or negative experiences of unions.
Doug Mork
02:11:41
Really helpful Bridie
Andrea Zanetti SEIU
02:11:53
I really appreciate this discussion. I am just at the beginning of a relationship with the IAF, which is predominately full of faith based partners. and we don't "want" anything yet except to be one of their partners.
Andrea Zanetti SEIU
02:13:19
sorry to leave early, another meeting to attend. thanks everyone. great info. and great stories.
KB Brower
02:13:51
we’ve drafted a “principles of partnership” document— attached here, and would love to here your thoughts on what stands out and what is missing! please put yourself on stack in the chat if you have thoughts you want to share
Makeba Walls-Robinson she/her
02:16:04
thank you
Holly Beaumont
02:16:26
Bridie, that's important for me: misinformation and anti-union
Norine Gutekanst
02:18:01
Thank you for this excellent conversation; I have to drop off. Appreciate your varied work and experiences!
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:18:24
Please give us any feedback on draft principles
Steven Ashby
02:19:10
Would panelists want to speak to the power of clergy participating in union non-violent civil disobedience actions, as part of a contract campaign or strike or lock-out?
Candace Lilyquist
02:19:58
For people looking to work with networks that are already built and functional (hopefully) - check out Industrial Areas Foundation groups. My experience has been with WIN - Washington Interfaith Network is and has been organizing in the Washington, DC area for years. https://www.windc-iaf.org/
Holly Beaumont
02:20:41
is rampant because there has been a well funded 40 year campaign by right wing to discredit labor movement combined with lack of understanding on how our economy actually works. How important is it to educate faith leaders and their congregations about all of this?
Doug Mork
02:21:27
Thanks, Bridie, helpful thoughts.
Bridie Roberts
02:22:59
So important Holly!
Doug Mork
02:23:29
Helpful everyone, have to jump but great conversation. Thanks especially to all the organizers who pulled it together!
Bridie Roberts
02:23:46
@Steven Ashby: That is super important! Its one of the gifts of the faith community.
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:23:49
Thanks for joining!
Doug Mork
02:24:03
Absolutely right, Abdi, great!
Makeba Walls-Robinson she/her
02:24:45
I absolutely LOVED this :)
Jim Dixon
02:24:50
https://gamaliel.org/ Gamaliel Network is a national organization with a faith/labor tradition. NOAH in Nashville works with the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee & Faith Coalition for the Common Good works with Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:24:54
Agree, Rigo!
Francisco Garcia
02:25:11
Thanks so much for joining us friends. This will be continued! La lucha sigue!
Bridie Roberts
02:25:20
Yes Rigo!!!
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:25:44
https://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/
Mike Budd
02:25:51
Thanks, this has been great!
Robin Harvey
02:26:01
Thank you!!
Bridie Roberts
02:26:08
That is right. We belong in the streets
Candace Lilyquist (she/her/hers)
02:26:36
Thank you to all the speakers
Melissa Powell cwa1168
02:26:48
Thank you all
Cecil Prescod (he/him)
02:26:48
Thank you all. This has been helpful and inspiring.
Theresa Zeigler, VEA UniServ Director
02:26:49
Thank you!
Jennifer Matter (she/her)
02:26:52
Thank you!
BETTY HUNG
02:26:56
Such an inspiring and thought provoking conversation. Thank you everyone!
bob king he/him
02:27:00
Thx very much! Excellent!
Chris Cox
02:27:09
Thanks, everyone - this has been a great event!
Spencer Shimek
02:27:17
Thank you so much, everyone!!!
Francisco Garcia
02:27:34
Sorry we didn’t get to all questions, but let’s keep the convo and organizing ideas going!
KB Brower
02:27:37
https://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/
RaCarol Woodard She/Her The Equity Alliance
02:27:39
Faith work is organizing!!!
Rosa Morales
02:28:02
Great job! 👍🏽😊
KB Brower
02:28:10
https://www.religionandjustice.org/
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:28:11
Sign up for our listserve….join our activist community
Holly Beaumont
02:28:48
This was incredibly helpful for me. I want MORE. Well done.
Bridget Seery (she/her)
02:28:55
Really appreciated the perspective and want to share this context and apply it in our contract and Steelworkers strike in Natrona Heights, Pa.
Marilyn Sneiderman
02:28:56
Thanks, KB!! Francisco, and the whole team!!
Candace Lilyquist (she/her/hers)
02:28:57
faith groups are unions of believers - yes, let's do this again soon
Joerg Rieger
02:28:59
Great job everyone!
Morgan, Sarah
02:29:05
thanks very much!!
Kimberly Adams
02:29:10
Working with our union members in their own faith organizations is powerful.
Yusuf Barzinji
02:29:15
Thanks for a great event!
RaCarol Woodard She/Her The Equity Alliance
02:29:15
Wonderful conversation
Cheryl Miller
02:29:17
Thank you.