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Winter 2022: Making Labor Work - Organizing for Power in the 21st Century

Meets Wednesdays from 7-9pm in-person at the General Baker Institute (15798 Livernois St., Detroit); livestreamed simultaneously on Facebook.

Free & open to the general public; light dinner provided before each class.

Dates: February 9, 16, 23; March 9, 16, 23, 30

UM-Ann Arbor students: Register for the class here. Free transportation provided. Note: bus will depart Ann Arbor at 6pm each week and return by 10pm. 

Detroiters Speak returns for the Winter 2022 semester with a focus on the role of work in our lives and how workers have organized to improve their workplaces and communities. The course will begin by exploring foundational questions: What is work? Where do Detroiters work? Who are the working class? What is the labor movement and what are unions? How do workers without unions (the so-called “unorganized”) build power to improve their lot? We will hear from activists involved in contemporary organizing struggles in strategic work sectors: automotive, service/domestic, public sector, logistics/international, and more. The class will end with a workshop in which participants will develop their own organizing “toolbox” for their future experiences in the working world. Note: This class is open to the general public and may also include college students from Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and other area colleges, as well as anyone else in Detroit and the metropolitan area with an interest in learning.