Working Conditions, Working Families Subject of Conference

Working Conditions, Working Families Subject of Conference

The state of families and communities in the Inland Empire will be among the topics addressed at the 34th annual Conference of the Southwest Labor Studies Association presented by the Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies at Cal Poly Pomona May 15-17 in the Bronco Student Center.

The conference will feature approximately 20 panels and workshops, including:

Thursday, May 15

  • Screening of the film Maquilapolis followed by a discussion with director Sergio de la Torre and Lourdes Lujan, a factory worker featured in the film, from 6-8 p.m. in the Orion suite   

Friday, May 16    

  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. — Registration and welcome   
  • 9:30-11 a.m. — “Struggles of Undocumented Immigrant Students: Video Screening and Discussion” in the Andromeda suite or “Popular and Labor Education through Video and Film” in the Orion suite.   
  • 11:15-12:45 p.m. — “Organizing Undocumented Workers: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” in the Orion suite or “Schooling for Social Justice: K-12 and the CSU” in the Andromeda suite or “Current Campaigns and Struggles in California” in the England Evans Room.   
  • 1:45-3:15 p.m. — “Globalization, Workers, Communities and Resistance” in the Orion suite, “Cross-Border and International Solidarity” in the Andromeda suite, “Challenging the War on Supermarket Workers and Collective Bargaining in Southern California” in the Centaurus suite.   
  • 3:30-5 p.m. — A plenary session on “The State of Working Families and Current Union Campaigns in the Inland Empire” will be held in Ursa Minor.   
  • 5:15-8 p.m. — A dinner reception will be held during the screening and discussion of “Made in L.A.” in Ursa Minor. Dinner costs $10.   

Saturday, May 17    

  • 9-9:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast in Ursa Major AB    
  • 9:30-11 a.m. — “Workers, Gender and Resistance in Mexican and California History” in the Orion suite, “Workers, Theory and Action: National Labor College Thesis Presentations” in the Andromeda suite.  
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — “Asian Pacific Island Worker Organizing: Contributions and Challenges in a Globalized Economy” in the Orion suite, “Behind the War on Terror: U.S. Policies, Immigration and Resistance” in the Andromeda suite, “Struggling for Living Wages” in the Centaurus suite.       
  • 12:45-2:30 p.m. — A lunch plenary session will be held on: “NAFTA and the Struggle for Living Wages” in Ursa Major AB.    

The SWLSA is a regional organization of labor studies scholars and activists that promote a broad conservation on issues affecting working people.

Registration is free. There is a $10 charge for the dinner that will be held on May 16, but scholarships are available. Guests are asked to register online at:

For more information, please call Enrique Ochoa at (909) 869-3115.