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Bill Fletcher on State Of American Labor (10/29)

Jeremy Sprinkle
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UPDATE: 2nd Talk with Bill Fletcher at Quail Ridge Books at 7:30 pm

Bill Fletcher will also speak tomorrow night at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Join him for a discussion about his book, Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice.

When: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Where: Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave Raleigh, NC (map it)

(Picture) Bill Fletcher, AFGE

SPECIAL EVENT: "Challenges Facing Organized Labor in the Great Recession"

Bill Fletcher is Director of the Field Services and Education Department of AFGE. He's also one of the leading activists and writers today on labor and race in the United States.

The Department of History at North Carolina State University is sponsoring a talk by Bill Fletcher on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm in Withers Hall room #331. The event is free and open to the public.

What: Talk with Bill Fletcher on Challenges Facing Labor in the Great Recession
When: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Where: Withers Hall room #331 on campus of NCSU, Raleigh, NC (map it)

Fletcher is the co-author of the book Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice.

"Anyone concerned with the struggles of America's working people is going to be fascinated by this rare, insiders' look at the external forces and internal fumblings that have so drastically weakened the labor movement. Both in its sweeping analysis and priceless reportage, SOLIDARITY DIVIDED is a deeply illuminating book and a solid argument for why our unions need to reclaim their historic heritage as a militant, grassroots movement."
-- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

Fletcher was formerly the vice president for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO. Prior to his work at the George Meany Center, Fletcher served as AFL-CIO Education Director and later as Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.

Fletcher got his start in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Combining labor and community work, he was also involved in ongoing efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in United Auto Workers District 65, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

For more information about this special event, contact Professor David Zonderman at 919-513-2222 or [email protected]