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Oct 06

A Summit on Workers’ Empowerment

Co-hosted by the Center for Worker Freedom, the Center for Union Facts, and the Center for Independent Employees 

Workers today face many economic challenges. The White House has announced a Summit on Worker Voice to be held on October 7 to advance the misguided notion that the decline in union membership represents a major problem for employees. However, 21st Century workers are choosing not to join unions because they see little benefit from union dues. In reality, the government itself often creates more significant barriers for workers trying to get ahead.

To show why workers are choosing not to join unions and to highlight problems with excessive regulations that hold employees back, The Heritage Foundation, the Center for Worker Freedom, the Center for Union Facts, and the Center for Independent Employees will hold a Workers’ Empowerment Summit on October 6 featuring workers from different industries throughout the United States discussing the problems they have encountered. 

These Americans will discuss their true experiences with collective bargaining and occupational licensing and also explain how changes to public policy could improve their lives.

9:00 a.m. - Economic Challenges Facing Today’s Workers

James Sherk
Research Fellow, Labor Economics, The Heritage Foundation

9:30 a.m. - Panel I: Union Representation and the Modern Workforce

Jesse Rojas, Farmworker from California
Megan Kelly, Flight Attendant with Allegiant Airlines
James Perialas, President, Roscommon Teachers Association in Michigan
Karen Cox, Lift-truck Operator from Illinois
Mike Burton, former Volkswagon employee in Tennessee
Matt Patterson, Executive Director, Center for Worker Freedom (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - Panel II: Government Barriers to Work

Isis Brantley, Hair Braider from Texas
Sabina Loving, Tax preparer
Bill Main, Tour Guide in Washington, DC
Derek Khanna, Acting Policy Lead, Lincoln Labs (Moderator)

12:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Derek Khanna
Acting Policy Lead, Lincoln Labs

More About the Speakers

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James Sherk James Sherk

Research Fellow, Labor Economics Read More