C/CGEU Schedule

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Thursday, Aug. 1, 4-9 pm

Registration will be available in the evening on Thursday, as well as check-in for those who preregistered, at the COGS Office: 20 E. Market St, Suite 210, Iowa City, 52245. (We are in the west wing of a former church building, Old Brick, at the corner of Market and Clinton St.)

If you will be staying in a homestay during the conference, please check-in on Thursday.

Friday, Aug. 2

9-9:30 am: Registration, meet’n greet. (Coffee provided.)

9:30-10:15 am: Welcoming remarks and shop reports.

10:30 am-noon: Presentation by Peter Fisher, Research Director, Iowa Policy Project. “Can the Inequality Express be Turned Around? The Role of Unions and the Public Sector”

12-1:30 pm: Lunch on your own. (Some good options in the Food Court below our conference proceedings.)

1:30-2:45 pm: Session 1. Political action and legislative fightback (Leann Dawson, Victoria; Paul Iverson, Iowa Labor Center; Jason Whisler, Iowa)

3-4:15 pm: Session 2. Building coalitions on and off campus (Trish Everett, British Columbia; Danielle Dirocco, Rhode Island; Anna Waltman, UMass-Amherst)

5-7 pm: Session 3. Screening of We are Wisconsin (105 minutes) followed by roundtable discussion moderated by Ed Kroc, British Columbia.

Dinner will be provided following the movie (Oasis Falafel).

Saturday, Aug. 3

9-9:30 am: Arrival, coffee provided.

9:30-10:45 am: Session 1. Organizing in a Right-to-Work State (Josh Pederson, Iowa; Kari Thompson, UE; Dominic Barbato, Michigan)

11-12:15: Presentation: Martin Ritter, Organizer, Chicago Teachers Union.

12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch provided.

1:30-2:45 pm: Session 2. Organizing with the Media, Old and New (Jim McAsey, Michigan; Erin Lewis, Central Michigan; Trish Everett, British Columbia; John Sweeney, Hawaii)

3-4:15 pm: Session 3. Planning for the Future, moderated by Larissa Werhnyak, Iowa.

4:30-5:45 pm: Session 4. Geographical Break-out Session (Canada, US Public/Private).

Evening: Dinner on your own, followed by a social event at location the Clinton Street Social Club at 9:30.

There will be no conference activities planned on Sunday, Aug. 4.


All conference activities on Friday and Saturday will take place in the “University Capitol Center,” which is the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center (it’s a mall) on Clinton and Washington Streets. For those not staying at the Iowa House Hotel, parking is available in a ramp that opens onto Clinton St. near Burlington St.

Check out a map of conference related locations here.

COGS extends our thanks to the UI Labor Center for their assistance in securing our conference meeting rooms.