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

February 13, 2013 - 9:00am to 1:30pm
CUNY’s Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St. 19th Floor, New York, NY 10036

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.  This will be an exciting half-day gathering of workers, organizers, advocates, scholars, candidates, and elected officials discussing 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.

Space is limited, so please visit to register.

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