UI conference Feb. 18 to focus on justice for Iowa workers

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An upcoming one-day conference at the University of Iowa will discuss the challenges workers face in Iowa’s growing low-wage economy. “Building Bridges for Worker Justice” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference is designed to bring together Iowa immigrant rights advocates, labor union activists, faith leaders, and community service providers to review basic workplace legal protections and discuss ways communities can promote justice for all Iowa workers.

A keynote address will be presented by Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and author of Wage Theft: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do About It.

Sponsors for this conference include the UI Labor Center in the Division of Continuing Education; UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs; Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (Civil Rights Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice; and the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Sarah Clark at 319-335-4144 or labor-center@uiowa.edu, or visit http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/laborctr.

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