Past Events

  • 2005 Apr 27

    Capital Matters III - Managing Labor's Capital: Conference

    Wed - Fri, Apr 27 to Apr 29, 6:00pm - 2:20pm


    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    The Harvard Labor and Worklife Program's third annual "Capital Matters: Managing Labor's Capital" conference was held on April 27th though the 29th. Organized under the aegis of the Program's new Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, this year's conference was somewhat larger than in the past, with a total of over 90 participants, presenters, and speakers, including an increased number of union trustees. In keeping with the Project's aim of enabling trustees to become more active and effective, the opening session focused directly on what should and can be done in that regard. More so than at previous conferences, recent challenges to the survival of defined benefit plans both in the private and public sector have become a subject of intense debate while similar heated arguments rage over Social Security. For these reasons several sessions were held to assess the current and future status of those plans and Social Security. There continues to be considerable and increasing pension fund activity arising as a result of ownership of shares in publicly traded corporations. One session focused on a critical assessment of the goals for such activity, for example, whether the aim is to influence corporate governance (and in what ways) or more broadly to affect corporate behavior (and, again, in what ways) and challenges to efforts to achieve agreed-upon goals. 

  • 2003 Oct 07

    "The Future of the Democratic Party and the Latino Vote"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Bill Richardson

    Bill Richardson
    Governor of New Mexico
    Introductions and Opening Remarks by: Elena Kagan
    Harvard Law School,
    Harvard University

    Gerald McEntee
    American Federation of
    State, County and
    Municipal Employees

    Opening Remarks by Elena Kagan, Dean, Harvard Law School:
    " This is a great privilege for us. Actually, before I say anything else I'd like to welcome Jerry Wurf's family: Mildred Wurf and his children, Abigail and Nick Wurf. We are extremely pleased that you could join us today.
        For those of you who don't know, Jerry Wurf was the seventh president of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is now one of the biggest unions in America. Most of that union's great growth, really its coming into being as a major force in the union movement, took place under Jerry Wurf, who was really one of the great modern labor leaders."

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  • 2001 Oct 04

    "The Strength of America"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Al Gore

    Honorable Albert J. Gore

    Opening Remarks by Lawrence H. Summers, President, Harvard University: 
     " Al Gore is going to speak to us about the strength of America. In a moment, I want to say a few words about the strength of Al Gore but, before I do, I want to say a few words about public service. I want to recognize Jerry Wurf, someone I knew well as his family vacationed near mine in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and someone who I admired for his commitment to doing the right thing by the people he represented and doing the right thing by this country. Jerry made what I think is a point that none of us at the university can make often enough or strongly enough and that is the importance of public service. There was only one group of people who were going up the stairs in the World Trade Center on September 11 and those were public servants. Public servants. People who are paid by taxes. People who were workers in the government of New York City, workers in the government of New York State and workers in the government of the United States. Anyone who wants to say that government work is wrong or that government is wrong or that government is bad should think about those people going up those stairs at that moment."

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  • 1989 Nov 01

    "The Changing Role of the Union and Competitiveness"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Keynote Address: "The Changing Role of the Union and Competitiveness"
    Donald Ephlin
    International Vice President and Director of the
    General Motors Department, United Auto Workers

    William Lucy
    International Secretary-Treasurer, American
    Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

    Postscript I: Lessons Learned
    Linda Kaboolian
    Research Fellow in the Center for Business
    and Government, John F. Kennedy
    School of Government, Harvard University

    Postscript II: The Forces Driving Change
    Kim Clark
    Professor of Business Administration,
    Harvard Business School

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  • 1984 Nov 01

    “Employment and Welfare”

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Olof Palme
    Olof Palme,
    Swedish Prime Minister

    "Some time ago in Vienna, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bruno Kreisky's speech when he retired as chancellor and leader of the Austrian Social Democratic Party. As we in the audience sat there listening, we expected to hear an account of his long and eventful life and of his wide-ranging and successful political experiences. But not at all! Bruno Kreisky talked only about the future. At his retirement from official life, the whole of his thinking was looking forward..."

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