Beth Folsom, Bobby Travers, and Jonathan Tagoe during the Fall Conversation “How Does Cambridge Unionize?”

Nov. 14 Fall Conversation 2022 Recap: How Does Cambridge Unionize?

Mon November 14, 2022
7:00 PM ET

On November 14, we concluded our year of asking, “Who Are Cambridge Workers?” with our Fall Conversation at the Cambridge Public Library.

“How Does Cambridge Unionize?” explored the history of labor organization in the city and the current state of unions in the wake of the recent dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism.

We were joined by representatives from the Cambridge Education Association and the MIT Graduate Student Union, who described the current state of their professions and the need for organized labor actions.

Our guest speakers discussed the changes they are witnessing in attitudes toward labor unions, both by workers themselves and by the general public, and detailed the ways in which the events of the past several years have created a new awareness of the role of labor organizations on both the local and national levels.

This program was a great opportunity to look back on our journey this past year, and to look forward to the future of work and workers in Cambridge.

The Fall Conversation 2022 is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Fall Conversation 2022 has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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