Labor’s New Kids on the Block:
Collaboration between Immigrant Worker Centers and Unions
Join DC LERA for a conversation between Dr. Ben Kreider, Policy Consultant, and Discussant Carlos Jimenez of the AFL-CIO about immigrant worker centers, new forms of organizing, and collaboration between immigrant worker centers and unions. Dr. Kreider will be presenting his dissertation research on the subject.
Dr. Ben Kreider completed a PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2021, where his dissertation examined low-wage immigrant worker organizing in the Boston area. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Kreider was a Strategic Researcher for the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which represents over 500,000 workers in construction and the public sector in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Kreider is a recognized expert on unions and labor policy who has been interviewed by outlets including the Washington Post, Associated Press, WGBH, and WBUR. He has also provided legislative testimony for bills in Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, including a worker safety bill that was signed into law in Maryland in 2012. Dr. Kreider currently serves as a Board Member and as the Communications Director of DC LERA. In the past, Kreider was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a Research Fellow for the National Employment Law Project, and a Visiting Researcher at The George Washington University School of Business. He holds MA degrees from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a BA in Government and German from Bowdoin College.
Carlos Jimenez leads special projects in the Growth Division of the AFL-CIO. In that role he helps build and guide coalitions to address the complex challenges and systems challenging working families around the country. He was previously the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO. He came to the council after more than a decade of union, political, community, and student organizing including as regional field organizer at Jobs with Justice, where he had the privilege of supporting local leaders and organizations as they built long term relationships and coalitions committed to building powerful organizations and movements for social and economic justice.
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