A veteran public employee union leader, a worker center organizer and an airport worker who campaigned for a higher minimum wage will represent Minnesota Wednesday at the White House’s “Worker Voice Summit.”
The summit runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time and can be viewed live online here.
Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, a union of 43,000 public and non-profit workers throughout Minnesota, will participate on a panel about how the voice of workers is making a difference in Minnesota. Also participating on the panel will be Veronica Mendez Moore, co-director of CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha/Center of Workers United in Struggle), a Minneapolis-based worker center that has improved conditions for janitors at Target, Macy’s and other retailers
In addition to Seide and Mendez Moore, the panel also will feature representatives of IBEW Local 41 in Buffalo, NY; Working Partnerships USA in California; and the Target Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis.
The third Minnesotan taking part in the summit will be Abdi Ali, a cart driver at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who is leading the fight to improve conditions for workers employed by Delta sub-contractors.
According to a White House press release, “the Summit on Worker Voice will look to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work.”
“We know we have a lot of work to do to get working families the conditions they deserve, but Minnesota has been and will continue to be a leader in this fight because we are led by such amazing workers,” said Mendez Moore. “This summit is a great change to highlight our work, and I’m proud to be able to share the amazing work happening here in Minnesota.”