April OPEN HOUSE: “Organized Labor in the 21st Century”

A Conversation with Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman & Northeastern University School of Law Professor Karl Klare


Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, examines the Labor Movement in the Commonwealth, with AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman & Northeastern University Professor Karl Klare. This forum, the seventh of the 17th season, will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 7:00PM-8:30PMat the Historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).Steven Tolman was elected President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO this past October,  after serving 17 years in the Legislature, as a State Representative and Senator. In this capacity, he was known as a strong voice fighting for the issues of working families and making sure that labor had a seat at the table on Beacon Hill. While in the Massachusetts Legislature, Mr. Tolman was an outspoken advocate for better health care, quality public education, enhanced workers’ rights and the continued preservation of vital safety net programs for those in need. Karl Klare, professor at Northeastern University’s School of Law, focuses on labor and employment law and policy. Professor Klare participated in the civil rights, antiwar, and student movements in the 1960’s. His activism and writing now focus on human rights and workplace issues, subjects on which he has authored a number of books. In recent years he has also worked on numerous projects with lawyers in South Africa.Together Representative Kaufman and his guests will examine the roots of the Labor Movement and its current impact on society today. Do Labor Unions hurt or help the economy during a recession? Are the negotiating tactics fair on both sides? Should mediation and arbitration settlements be binding? What is the impact of public sectors unions on municipalities? Do today’s laborers still need a Labor Union to protect their rights? Explore these questions or bring your own to the forum on Thursday, April 19th, at 7PM.  

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series.  The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington, Arlington, and Woburn.