"Labor Soidarity in a 'Right-to-Work' State" featuring author James P. Kraft
10:30 am to 11:30 am
AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Program for 2014:
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce. Professor James P. Kraft, author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985, will discuss the changing fortunes of organized and unorganized labor as Las Vegas evolved from a small, somewhat seedy desert oasis into the glitzy tourist destination that it is today. Danny L. Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO will shed light on how right-to-work has affected union membership in Nevada.
This program will provide librarians with information they can use to help their patrons and community members understand the impact of “right-to-work” laws.
James P. Kraft, Professor of History at the University of Hawai`i, is the author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
Danny L. Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO is a nationally recognized labor leader with 125 affiliates and more than 225,000 members state-wide in Nevada. He directs one of the most effective state labor movements in the country.
Program is on Monday, June 30, 10:30 – 11:30am at the Las Vegas Convention Center, N236
Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups