Future American Workers

Working in America 2013

As efforts to eradicate union representation in America’s labor market gain ground, organized labor confronts questions of survival and relevance. Union representatives Maria Elena Durazo and Paul Booth and labor scholar Harley Shaiken offer strategies to rebuild a movement to create a robust economy for all Americans. Durazo is executive secretary–treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; Booth is executive assistant to the president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees; and Shaiken is a professor of social and cultural studies at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he specializes in issues of work, technology, and globalization.

Hammer Forum

This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues.

Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programs Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

Hammer Forum is made possible in part by Bronya and Andrew Galef. 

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.