Flight Attendants’ leader to keynote 2020 conference

Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, will keynote the 39th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society Saturday, March 28, in Milwaukee.

Sara Nelson

Entitled “Progressives, Populists and Socialists: How the Past Informs the Future,” the conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Postal Workers Union Hall, 417 N. 3rd St. in downtown Milwaukee.

Nelson has been President of the 50,000-member union since 2014 and has been credited with leading successful efforts to achieving a two hour increase in minimum legal rest for Flight Attendants and other efforts to combat fatigue on the job. Before that, she led the 90-day campaign to reverse national security policy to keep knives and other weapons off planes. She also crafted the campaign for “100,00 Eyes in the Skies,” which successfully resulted in mandatory training for Flight Attendants to recognize and report human trafficking.

The program will include historians who will speak on how the labor movement with Socialists and Progressive Republicans early in the 20th Century helped to build the Wisconsin’s traditions of pro-worker and democratic governments.

The program will include historians who will speak on how the labor movement with Socialists and Progressive Republicans early in the 20th Centuryhelped to build the Wisconsin traditions of pro-worker and democratic governments.

Aims McGuinness, professor of history at UW-Milwaukee, will discuss labor’s role in the Socialist era and Jillian Jacklin, WLHS Board member and lecturer at UW-Green Bay, will speak on the progressive roots of right-wing populism.

In the afternoon session, Joe Uehlein, founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability, and Mark Dudzic, of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, will outline current efforts for progressive changes in environmental protections and health care. A prominent Wisconsin State Senator is also invited to discuss state issues.

The conference is designed for unionists, historians and those who care about the future of workers and the heroic struggles of working people to achieve a fair and just society. The Society will also present awards for lifetime achievement and to high school students for winning essays on labor history.

WLHS will also hold its annual meeting, including the election of officers following the conference completion.

Information and registration for the conference is available at the website of the Wisconsin Labor History Society (www.wisconsinlaborhistory.org). Registration may also be made online at https://wlhs2020.eventbrite.com.

The Wisconsin Labor History Society was founded in 1981 and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. It is supported by individual members, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and many labor councils and local unions throughout the state.

Further information available from Ken Germanson. Ph. 414-687-6954 / email: keng@wisconsinlaborhistory.org.