Past Events

  • 2013 Feb 14

    "ORGANIZING THE FUTURE OF WORK"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Saket Soni
    Saket Soni
    Executive Director
    New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and
    National Guestworker Alliance

     

    Elissa McBride
    Opening Remarks by
    Elissa McBride,
    Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME
     

    Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride:
    "Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Saket Soni has been a driving force in the effort to secure justice for workers fighting for their dignity in post-Katrina New Orleans. During the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, black workers whose families had lived in New Orleans for generations were denied jobs. At the same time, thousands of immigrant workers were given false promises of steady jobs, fair pay, great conditions and even permanent legal status...Saket Soni brought those workers together, linking their struggles across the lines of race and class and citizenship. He helped build a broad platform from which they could wage an inspiring fight for justice and dignity."

     Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

  • 2012 Mar 29

    TENTH ANNUAL PENSIONS AND CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE

    9:00am to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    Cover Pension conference March 2012The Pension Project held its tenth annual conference, attended by pension trustees from across the United States as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom.  They were joined by scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the U.S., Canada, France, and Germany. The conference explored a range of issues concerned with the relationship between pension fund investment and economic growth and job creation; assessed the merits of financial markets reform in the United States, especially as it pertains to pension funds; considered the rationales for and the import for themselves and others of pension fund investment in commodities; discussed a range of activities - from research to engagement - concerned with the bearing of S-factors, particularly workplace related considerations, on investment decisions; described new and important ways of rethinking the meaning and practice of fiduciary duty; and described initiatives in the United States by which public sector pension plans can facilitate private sector worker participation in retirement plans.
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  • 2012 Feb 09

    “She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker”

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Brigid O’Farrell
    Brigid O’Farrell
    Mills College
    Elissa McBride
    Elissa McBride
    Director of Education and
    Leadership Training, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride, Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME:
    "Like Eleanor, [Brigid] knows that we can make real change if we link education and action. I hope you will listen, learn, and leave committed to honor the legacy of Jerry Wurf and Eleanor Roosevelt by passing on the knowledge you gain here to others, so that together, we can restore the right to organize and bargain for all workers – public and private."

    Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

  • 2011 Mar 16

    9th Annual Conference of the Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project: Pensions, Retirement Security and Strategies for Investment

    Wed - Fri, Mar 16 to Mar 18, 5:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    penconf_2011_4_COVERThis year’s annual conference featured speakers and panels on key topics, including a critical perspective on the operation of financial markets in which pension funds participate, the nature and implications for pension funds of the recently enacted financial markets reform legislation; the current and future landscape of those who provide financial services to funds, the relationship between pension fund boards and their staff, consultants, and asset managers,  the progress and impact of corporate governance reforms, efforts to sustain public sector pension plans both currently and with any eye to the future, and the challenge of retirement income security for all households.
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  • 2011 Feb 10

    "Raising Our Sights: Fighting for a Progressive Vision in Sharply Contested Terrain"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

        Miles Rapoport
    Miles Rapoport
    President of Demos  
    Paul Booth
    Paul Booth
    Executive Assistant
    to the President, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Paul Booth, Executive Assistant to the President, AFSCME:"Miles Rapoport is the president of Demos. What is Demos? There is an awful lot of Demos material out on the table there, and you really should indulge freely in it. To me, Demos is simply the leading voice in the United States for small d democracy. Its mission, as I see it, is this cause which it so
    ably advances.

    Miles Rapoport has a career that included personal involvement in Connecticut politics, to which he brought activism, organizational skills, and a set of real deep commitments."

    Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

  • 2010 Apr 21

    Capital Matters VIII - Managing Labor's Capital

    Wed - Fri, Apr 21 to Apr 23, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

    coverAmong the topics on which this year’s Capital Matters conference focused were systemic risk and its pension fund and other implications, various aspects of pension fund risk management, a rethinking of fiduciary duty, an assessment of the success of capital stewardship, challenges faced by employment-based retirement plans and the broader challenge of retirement security for all households, and the new landscape of pension fund investment in infrastructur0
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  • 2009 Dec 10

    Capital Matters in Europe 2009

    9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    International Trade Union House, Brussels

    The Project worked with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)  (with the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital as a knowledge partner) to convene a meeting modeled on the Project’s annual  “Capital Matters: Managing Labor’s Capital Conference.”  This one-day event, “Capital Maters in Europe 2009,” took place in Brussels on December 10th.  It brought together member-nominated pension fund trustees, trade union officers, pension and other experts and policy makers who offered views and shared experiences from across Europe and from a transatlantic perspective.  It focused on how workers’ and their families’ retirement and other long term savings can be invested in productive assets in the real economy in a fair, sustainable and responsible way and not diverted into unproductive financial transactions and speculation.
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