Labor unions and the economics of healthcare will be the focus of two keynote addresses at this year’s Maine AFL-CIO Summer Institute, Aug. 7–8 at the University of Maine, co-sponsored by UMaine’s Bureau of Labor Education.
An address by longtime justice and labor activist Bill Fletcher Jr., “Common Myths and Falsehoods that Surround the Subject of Unions,” begins at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 7, 100 D.P. Corbett Business Building. Fletcher, director of field services for the American Federation of Government Employees, is the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us!’: And 20 Other Myths about Unions.” A well-known labor movement leader, Fletcher has served in the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.
“Economics of Healthcare: Why It Costs So Much and What We Can Do About It,” will be the focus of on address by Jeff Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute, at 10 a.m., Aug. 8, 100 D.P. Corbett Business Building. Faux’s most recent book on working class economics is “The Servant Economy: Where America’s Elite Is Sending the Middle Class.”
For more information, contact Bureau of Labor Education Director Marc Cryer, 207.581.4126.