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Join us for a Penn State Teach-In as part of Labor Spring, a nationwide series of teach-ins focused on worker justice that includes 60 events in 27 states. There are two central events on campus:

  • Thursday, March 30 at 7:45pm (121 Sparks): Elissa McBride, National Secretary- Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), will deliver a lecture entitled “A Rising Tide: Student-Worker Solidarity and the Future of Organizing.” This event is the School of Labor and Employment Relation’s 28th annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture.
  • Friday, March 31 from 10:30-12:00pm (Charlotte Ray Lounge, 1st floor HUB-Robeson): from 10:30-11:30am, unions and student groups will give presentations on local battles for responsible contracting, safe staffing in hospitals, and apparel workers’ rights. Then, at 11:30am, the United Students Against Sweatshops will lead a march calling on President Neeli Bendapudi to suspend Penn State’s contract with Nike until workers’ rights violations are remediated.


United Students Against Sweatshops at Penn State, Student Works at Penn State, The Seven Mountains Central Labor Council, The Coalition of Graduate Employees at Penn State, The Penn State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Central Pennsylvania United, The Labor & Law Society at Penn State, The Penn State Student Restorative Justice Initiative, The Colombian American Students Association at Penn State, Penn State Forward, the Centre County Wage Justice Coalition, Remake, and #PayYourWorkers. Our petition has also been signed and endorsed by State College Borough Mayor Ezra Nanes.