Building a Pro-Worker Anti-Monopoly Movement
June 2, 2020 | Zoom Webinar
Moderated by David Dayen, Executive Editor of The American Prospect
Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director, Open Markets Institute
Andrea Dehlendorf, Co-Director, United for Respect
Brian Callaci, Postdoctoral Scholar, Data & Society
Emma Rebhorn, Assistant General Counsel, Change to Win
The growth of monopolies and concentrated corporate power has intensified income inequality, suppressed wages, and eroded the economic well-being and political rights of workers. The coronavirus pandemic is making a bad situation even worse, with nearly 40 million people now out of work and many independent businesses struggling to stay afloat.
Meanwhile, dominant corporations have become pandemic profiteers. They are doing everything in their power to gain from the crisis, including trying to buy up competitors to capture more market share and greater market control, overcharging people for essentials, and firing and mistreating their workers. But a new pro-worker anti-monopoly coalition is emerging to fight to halt and reverse the trend of concentrated economic power across industries.
Our event will explore how we can solve these problems by building a pro-worker anti-monopoly movement that will reclaim and restore our antitrust laws to protect working families, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Participants will also discuss Open Markets’ and coalition partners’ work developing and supporting the recently proposed corporate merger moratorium, remaking antitrust law as a tool for worker freedom, and protecting collective action among workers, professionals, and independent firms – and this work’s salience in the midst of the pandemic. The discussion will also bring on-the-ground perspectives from worker organizations to bear on policy discussions that too often operate at a distance from the experiences and needs of working people.
Please join us for a virtual event on Tuesday, June 2, from 3-4 p.m. EDT, as we explore what’s next in antitrust and labor law and policy to promote a pro-worker anti-monopoly agenda.
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