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Academic Trade Unionism and the Union Democracy Movement in the U.S

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A talk on the future of grassroots union democracy and political unionism from the perspective of organising in academic institutions, by two lead organisers in UAW 2865 , the University of California labor union which represents 13,000 graduate student teaching assistants from across the state of California.

Katy Fox-Hodess is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. A long-time activist in the trade union movement, Katy is the former Berkeley campus Chair of the UAW 2865 , the University of California labor union which represents 13,000 graduate student teaching assistants from across the state of California. She will be discussing UAW 2865 ’s vision of left-wing political unionism and grassroots union democracy.

Amanda Armstrong is an Assistant Professor in History and member of the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. She works on the history of anti-colonial and industrial unionism across the British imperial world, and has published widely on labour struggles and recent dynamics in higher education. She was a lead activist in the Berkeley branch of the UC Student-Workers’ Union, organising against university privatization.

The fourth in Cambridge-Anglia Ruskin’s UCU Trade Union and Labour History series, co-sponsored by the journal Renewal: www.renewal.org.uk. See our Youtube channel here.

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