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Larry Spivack

From Haymarket to Madison and the disappearing middle class: Is labor history still relevant?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011    11:15 am
ATC Auditorium
Free Admission

Larry Spivack

From Haymarket to Madison and the disappearing middle class: Is labor history still relevant?

Larry will discuss the connection and meaning of the Haymarket Martyrs Monument and the tragedy at Haymarket square in 1886 to the present in the context of the movement for economic and social justice and international labor solidarity. He will engage the audience in questions about how America has gone from the wealthiest and healthiest nation on earth to having a wealth gap greater than most countries in the world. Are there solutions to these problems? What role has the labor movement played in all of this?

Larry Spivack is President of the Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS), perhaps the most distinguished organization of its kind in the world as it is the holder of the deed and is steward to The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Forest Park, Illinois where the Haymarket Martyrs are buried. The Monument is the most important labor site in the world and is a National Historic Landmark. A former educator, Larry is Regional Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees Council 31, AFL-CIO (AFSCME)  in Illinois and has worked as a union leader his entire adult life. He engages in organizing, collective bargaining and staff development.