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Cross-border solidarity: International strategies for modern union workers

SXU Renaissance Academy's John T. Farrell, Sr., Spring 2006 Forum

Chicago (April 17, 2006) – Terry Davis, retired international representative for the United Electrical Workers, will discuss international strategies for organized labor from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in Saint Xavier University’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. 

The lecture is part of the Spring 2006 John T. Farrell, Sr., Forum of SXU’s Renaissance Academy . It is free and open to the public. 

“The challenges of globalization require new labor strategies to gain living wages and decent working conditions,” said Fran Sowa, vice president of the Renaissance Academy, which offers peer-facilitated classes to retired and semi-retired people on topics such as philosophy, history, literature, current events, poetry and computer technology. 

Davis spent 27 years organizing and representing workers, and has participated in groundbreaking cross-border projects linking the efforts of organized labor in America with an emergent Mexican union. She has also aided projects with workers and unions from Chile, India and other countries. Davis will share her experiences and thoughts about modern organized labor and take questions from the audience.
The forum is named in honor of John T. Farrell, Sr., a senior economic research analyst and deputy branch chief for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 to 1979. Farrell and his wife, Lucille, were facilitators at the Renaissance Academy, teaching a class called Inside Washington and a writing workshop. After his death in 1994, Lucille gave a contribution to fund the speaker’s bureau in his name. 

The lecture will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please contact the Renaissance Academy at (773) 298-3149. 


Contact: Renaissance Academy at (773) 298-3149

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