2021 Conference Videos

Friday, January 15

Conference Opening and President's Address

Benediction by AFGE President Everett Kelley. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond welcome the attendees. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivers remarks, urging us to push ourselves and society forward.

Keynote Address & Closing Remarks

A poem by Shanna Peeks (UMWA) opens the afternoon session. NAACP President Derrick Johnson delivers the keynote address and takes questions from attendees, moderated by April Sims, Washington State Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer. Tefere Gebre wraps up day one of the conference.

Saturday, January 16

Day Two Conference Opening and Plenary

Benediction by Regena Thomas (AFT). AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler opens day two of the conference. Plenary on how Black women saved our democracy and how all women can help carry the load.

Virtual Award Ceremony and Conference Closing

A virtual awards ceremony honoring: Stacey Abrams, Helen Butler, Rebecca DeHart, AFT Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Dr. Lorretta Johnson, Deborah Scott, Nsé Ufot, and the Labor Coalition for Community Action. Tefere Gebre's remarks to close out the conference.

Issue Forums

Building Power From the Ground Up: What to Know About the Census and Redistricting

Cecelie Counts, AFL-CIO
Madiba K. Dennie, Brennan Center for Justice
Beth Lynk, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Renata Strause, AFL-CIO

Radical Progress: Building the Beloved Community Within the Labor Movement

Claude Cummings, Jr., Communications Workers of America
Montserrat Garibay, Texas AFL-CIO
Tracy Lai, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Jeremy Lannan, AFGE
Wilf Sullivan, Trades Union Congress

COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Black Coalition Against COVID
Shanna Peeks, Mine Workers
Maneesh Sharma, AFL-CIO
Dr. Reed Tuckson, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

Big Flipping Deal: Field Notes from Arizona and Georgia

Carlos Garcia, Phoenix City Council Member
Betty Guardado, Phoenix Vice Mayor
Kellie Morgan, Painters and Allied Trades
Deborah Scott, Georgia Stand-Up
Nsé Ufot, The New Georgia Project
Richard Womack, Jr., AFL-CIO

We Are All Essential: Coronavirus and Its Impact on Front-Line Workers

Bonnie Castillo, RN, National Nurses United
Tamara Lefcowitz, United Steelworkers
Eduardo Peña, United Food and Commercial Workers
James Ridley, Fire Fighters

Celebrating America's Frontline Workers

Kristie Small, AFL-CIO, leads a virtual program recognizing and honors America's frontline workers durning the COVID-19 pandemic.