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Morning plenary

Feeling Wisconsin's Labour Pains: Stopping Alberta and North America's Union-Busting Contagion


November 21, 2015 at 9am - 10:15am


Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta
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with Stephanie Bloomingdale

The abrupt end to Wisconsin's union-busting Governor Scott Walker's presidential does not signal an end to the war on working people. We must recognize and respond to the growing threat against unions in the US, Canada and across the globe. Framed by recent events in Wisconsin, Bloomingdale examines who's behind the anti-labour agenda and how progressive movements in Alberta can stop the anti-union crusade from spilling across the border.

Elected the first female Secretary-Treasurer for the WI State AFL-CIO, Stephanie Bloomingdale has more than 20 years of experience in the labor movement as an organizer, negotiator, and activist.  Stephanie previously served as the Director of Public Policy for the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, where she had a key role in strengthening the voices of nurses and healthcare workers throughout Wisconsin. Stephanie is married to Doug Savage, a member of AFT-Wisconsin, and has two sons who are often seen at rallies and door to door canvasses. Stephanie currently serves as a Parkland Institute Research Fellow.