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April 9, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00-2:30 pm
Labor Education Center, Room 130/131
50 Labor Center Way
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt present results from the first comprehensive examination of how the law views private equity firms as investors rather than employers, in turn leaving private equity owners unaccountable for their actions in ways that public corporations are. Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by private equity firms. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs?

This event is part of the Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy Lecture Series. It is sponsored by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Center for European Studies. Support provided by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. 

This is a FREE event. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

April 8, 2014

The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There

7:30pm
Multipurpose Room of the Student Resource Building at UCSB
University of California, Santa Barbara
Isla Vista, CA 93117

As part of a year-long programming series at UC Santa Barbara, "The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America 1964/2014," CEPR co-director Dean Baker will speak on "The Importance of Full Employment and the Routes for Getting There." 

On this fiftieth anniversary of the Great Society, UCSB's initiative provides an opportunity for teaching, public outreach, and community engagement on an extraordinarily broad range of still contested commitments (to political and social rights, economic and social opportunities, more inclusive immigration policies) that may once again be approaching historical turning points much as they were half a century ago.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mfjp722

 
 

April 4, 2014

Unemployment and Inequality: A Path Forward

7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Humanities Building, Room 2650
455 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

UW-Madison Campus

The Madison Institute is presenting this public forum featuring economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

All TMI events are free and open to the public. Contact Kelly for questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 608/438-4178.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - WI, Common Cause - WI, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and The Progressive Magazine.

 

April 2, 2014

Book Talk: "Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street"

12:30 - 2:00pm
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Cornell Hall D307
110 Westwood Plaza B201
Los Angeles, CA 90024

UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment is hosting this colloquium by:

Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Rosemary Batt, ILR School, Cornell University

About their upcoming book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street:

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies.  Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs?  The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model.  Noted labor experts Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence--including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship--to demonstrate that while private equity firms have had some positive effects on the operations and growth of small and mid-sized companies, the interventions of private equity more often than not lead to significant negative consequences for many businesses and workers. 

 

April 2, 2014

The Path to Full Employment: Making Jobs a National Priority

8:30am-11:00am
National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Five years into an economic recovery, unemployment remains high while income inequality continues to grow. In response, Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and previously Vice President Biden’s chief economic adviser, and the Center are seeking to begin a national dialogue to focus greater attention on the goal of full employment, with an April 2 kick-off event at the National Press Club.

Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, will present the keynote address. CEPR's Dean Baker will be one of the featured panelists, along with other renowned economists and public policy experts.

View the event online: http://www.pathtofullemployment.org/event/

 

March 31, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

12pm - 1pm
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

The University of California Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment is hosting this colloquium featuring Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic Policy Research and Rosemary Batt, ILR Cornell University

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs? The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model. 

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Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30st

Saturday, 6:00 PM
Salón Bolivariano
2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, 5:00 PM
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital

with

Dr. Luther Castillo
Community organizer and co-founder of the First Garifuna People's Hospital of Honduras

Documentary (40 minutes) followed by discussion with Dr. Luther Castillo.

Read more...
 

March 28, 2014

The Conference of Economic and Political Inequality

3:15 - 4:00 pm
University of Kentucky Worsham Theatre
404 S. Limestone St.

Download video from this event
Lexington, KY 40508

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be speaking about "Inequality, Causes, Consequences" at this conference at the University of Kentucky.

We know that Social Stimulus Do-Gooders, like yourself, are aware that we are all important pieces of a larger community. Communities thrive when every voice has the opportunity to be heard, but there are many obstacles holding back voices that are vital and often go unheard.

This free and open to the public conference is an opportunity to expand our horizons and understand ways to break down the walls of economic and political inequality that stifle those voices which are integral to the health of our community.

Questions? contact Ron Formisano, History, University of Kentucky.

Download video from this event (mp4)

 

March 28, 2014

Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hinckley Caucus Room
University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, 84112

The Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Economics Department at the University of Utah are co-sponsoring this forum.

Speaker: Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Research Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC.

Private equity firms have long been at the center of public debates on the impact of the financial sector on Main Street companies. Are these firms financial innovators that save failing businesses or financial predators that bankrupt otherwise healthy companies and destroy jobs? The first comprehensive examination of this topic, Private Equity at Work provides a detailed yet accessible guide to this controversial business model.

Economist, Eileen Appelbaum and co-author, Professor Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, carefully evaluate the evidence—including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship—to demonstrate the effects of private equity on American businesses and workers.

For more information call: (801) 581-8501

Listen to the audio from this event

 

 

March 27, 2014

Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

10:00 am-11:30 am
Rayburn House Office Building | Room 2175
Education and the Workforce Committee Room
45 Independence Ave SW,

The Honorable Thomas E. Petri (WI-06), Member of Congress, along with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, are hosting this briefing.

Opening Remarks:
Congressman Thomas E. Petri (WI-06)

Panelists:

  • Robert Cherry, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, GRAD Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Shawn Fremstad, Senior Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Christine Kim, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Isabel Sawhill, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center on Children and Families and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

Moderator:
Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, March 26th
Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-785-5100.

 

 
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