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Workers Rising: A Symposium on Low-Wage Worker Organizing in NYC

United NY and Center for Popular Democracy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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Recent months have seen an unprecedented upsurge in low wage worker organizing, with thousands of New Yorkers demanding decent wages and dignity in the workplace. 

Join us on February 13, 2013 starting at 9:00 a.m. for an exciting half-day gathering of workers, organizers, advocates, scholars, candidates, and elected officials to discuss these exciting campaigns and how we can build a more just and fair New York City in 2013.

Moderated by New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse, the plenary session will feature a conversation about this landscape among leaders in the field. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ana Avendaño, Assistant to the President for Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO
  • M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, United States Department of Labor
  • Dorian Warren, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Angelo Falcón, President and Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy

Morning break-out workshops will provide an opportunity to engage with worker leaders, policy thinkers, and academics on the challenges facing low-wage working New Yorkers and new policy proposals that New York City could enact to improve standards for all working New Yorkers.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m., leading elected officials and candidates will join UnitedNY and the Center for Popular Democracy for a press conference to announce the release of a report entitled Workers Rising: Organizing and Legislating for Shared Prosperity in New York City.

The report describes the worker movements now underway in New York City, and lays out a set of ambitious, innovative policy recommendations to improve the quality of low-wage jobs, educate consumers about business practices, and enforce the rights of all New Yorkers.

We hope you will join us for this exciting half-day event at CUNY’s Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St. 19th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Space is limited, so please visit to register.


Amy Carroll                                                           Camille Rivera

Deputy Director, Center for Popular Democracy        Executive Director, UnitedNY


For questions and additional information, please contact:
Ady Barkan, 347-985-2374,

Have questions about Workers Rising: A Symposium on Low-Wage Worker Organizing in NYC? Contact United NY and Center for Popular Democracy

When & Where

Murphy Center, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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