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Learn about organized labor in Douglas County at event Saturday

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A panel discussion Saturday morning will bring together leaders of several Lawrence and Douglas County-area labor unions.

Matt Hall, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 696, will moderate the panel. The union represents workers of multiple City of Lawrence departments and numerous other local employee groups.

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The panel will feature representatives from:
• the International Association of Firefighters Local 1596, the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical union;
Lawrence Education Association, the Lawrence Public Schools teachers union;
PAL-CWA, the Lawrence school district classified staff union (Personnel Association of Lawrence – Communication Workers of America);
• the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners;
• and Starbucks union organizers.

The event is this month’s Douglas County Democrats’ Saturday Seminar, a regular program that features a new topic each month.

“Organized Labor in Douglas County: A Report from Union Leaders” is set for 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Lawrence Arts Center auditorium, 940 New Hampshire St. It’s free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed at this link, and a recording will be available to view afterward.

There will also be networking opportunities from 9:30 to 10 a.m. ahead of the panel.

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