Geography 298: Directed Group Study: Labor and the Global Economy

Geography 298
CCN: 36659
(1 units)
Harley Shaiken
Location: 2334 Bowditch (CLAS)
Times: M 4-7

Bob King and Harley Shaiken

“Labor and the Global Economy”

This special seminar will examine the challenges faced by working people and unions in today’s global economy. We will begin by looking at politics and the labor movement in the United States and then expand our focus to examine other national, political, and social contexts, including Latin America. We will focus on the challenges for labor during a time of globalization and rapid technological change. We will discuss the implications of labor’s decline for broader social and political change and look at the new links being formed between unions and social movements both in the U.S and internationally. We will conclude by examining new models of organizing from workers’ centers to Works Councils.

Bob King, visiting researcher, UC Berkeley, spring 2015 and president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union from 2010 to 2014.

Harley Shaiken, professor, Graduate School of Education and Department of Geography; chair, Center for Latin American Studies.

Mondays, February 2 – March 9, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

1 unit, pass/no pass grading option.  INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED

Open to graduate and undergraduate students

Drop-ins will not be permitted.

CONTACT Jacqueline Sullivan (jsullivan@berkeley.edu, tel 642-2088) for more information.