Hearing Room 3: 5:00—6:00pm

From the 1946 General Strike when 100,000 workers in Oakland stayed home for two and a half days to the 2010 Port Shutdown, Oakland’s radical influence on labor movements continues to make headlines and change lives. This panel will address the history of Oakland labor and its contemporary valence.

FRED GLASS is Communications Director for the California Federation of Teachers and is an instructor of labor and community studies at City College of San Francisco. His forthcoming book, From Mission to Microchip, details the history of the California labor movement.

An associate professor at Fordham University, CHRIS RHOMBERG (No There There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland) writes on urban and political sociology, race and ethnicity, labor and labor movements, and historical methods.

CARMEN ROJAS, PhD is the CEO of The Workers Lab. Previously she has worked with Collective Impact at Living Cities, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out­-Migration, and the Social Equity Caucus.

BILL SOKOL (moderator) is a labor lawyer representing unions with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld. He has taught labor law at San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, Laney College, and San Francisco City College.