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You are Invited to a Labor and Work Life Forum …

"With God on Our Side: The Struggle for Workers’ Rights in a Catholic Hospital"

When: Jan. 24, 2013 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Harvard Law School, 1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036 B

Who: Presented by Adam Reich, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, and Assistant Professor of Sociology (on leave) at Columbia University

Join Adam Reich and area labor activists for a forum on Reich’s book entitled “With God on Our Side,” which tells the story of a five-year campaign to unionize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a Catholic hospital in California.

Based on his own work as a volunteer organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Reich will discuss how both union leaders and hospital leaders sought to show they were upholding the Catholic “mission” of the hospital against a market represented by the other. Ultimately, workers and union leaders were able to reinterpret Catholic values in ways that supported their efforts to organize. Reich will also discuss how unions must weave together economic and cultural power in order to ensure their continued relevancy in the postindustrial world.

Open to the public; no RSVP required

Sponsored by the Harvard Trade Union Program