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2004 Woodside Series Focuses on Low-Wage Earners
"Combating the Global Race to the Bottom: Low-Wage Earners in a Profit Driven World" is set for Monday, April 5
March 29, 2004
Finding solutions to the problems faced by low-wage workers in the U.S. and beyond is the focus of the 2004 Woodside Speaker Series at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. This year’s series, entitled “Combating the Global Race to the Bottom: Low-Wage Earners in a Profit Driven World,” is set for Monday, April 5, 2004 at the Moritz College.
The event will feature experts in a variety of fields who will engage in interactive discussions about raising awareness of the problems faced by low-wage workers and creating innovative, inter-disciplinary strategies that work continually to raise the "bottom" of the international workforce.
The conference will consist of four events, each highlighting and discussing different aspects of the “Global Race to the Bottom.” Scheduled panels include:
- Introduction Panel — A panel of experts, including representatives from the trade, immigration, safety, health, and freedom of association fields, will define the issues that will be covered throughout the day.
- “Sweatshops and Social Justice: Nike in Indonesia - A Case Study” — Educating for Justice will conduct an interactive multi-media presentation based on a film created by two Americans who lived in an Indonesian factory workers’ slum, living on $1.25 per day. This two-hour event will include slide shows, role-playing, powerful video footage, and a question and answer period.
- Attorneys and Advocates Panel — This panel will include local attorneys and advocates who work with low-wage workers. The panelists will discuss their experience in advocating for these individuals and will share their various advocacy strategies.
- Integrated Problem-Solving Panel — In this panel, led by Moritz Law Professor James Brudney, the experts will be given a timely issue dealing with low-wage workers to assess according to his or her area of expertise. Then, the panelists and audience will collaborate, taking into account the issues raised by panel members, to create a workable, inter-organizational program to address the issue.
Speakers scheduled to attend this year’s event include representatives from the Farmworker Justice Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the Worker's Rights Consortium, Youngstown State University’s Labor Studies Program and Center for Working-Class Studies, and attorneys from various Ohio law firms or legal aid societies.
For more information about the series or to obtain a brochure, contact Erin Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law firms.