Tzedek Salon: Teachers Unions & Organized Labor in 2018

Top Pick June 19, 2018 Boston Free
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Join JALSA for our June Tzedek Salon! We bring young people in their 20s and 30s together with activists and policy experts at local bars to explore the issues facing our society.

This month, we will speak with Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union (BTU).

This year, teachers and school employees across the country have carried out successful strikes for higher wages and increased funding for education. At a time when wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few and a Supreme Court case threatens union funding, teachers and school employees have reminded us of the immense power of and continued need for organized labor.

We will learn about how teachers unions play a role in the fights for racial justice, economic justice and public education, and how we can take action to support these fights in Massachusetts.

As the president of the Boston Teachers Union, Jessica Tang represents 10,000 active and retired educators. She is a co-founder of the Teacher Activist Group-Boston and serves as a board member for several civic and labor groups including Citizens for Public Schools and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. As a teacher-activist, she has been involved in many different community organizations that are working to advance racial, social and economic justice. Jessica serves as a vice president of both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, and is a former co-chair of the Massachusetts Asian-American Educators Association. She is also serving a three-year term on the New England Federal Reserve Advisory Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University (’04) and holds an Ed.M. (’06) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
903 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115

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