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The Meltdown & the Solidarity Economy
Report from the European Social Forum
Thursday, October 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Join trade unionist Pasqualino Colombaro for the second "Labor Leads Conversations" as he provides an account of the ESF 2008 held in Malmo, Sweden in September. Colombaro will organize his presentation around the collective international work being done to build alternative and sustainable economic institutions. Download the flyer here. Read the full report here
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PASQUALINO COLOMBARO researches and is active on comparative issues of union representation and union democracy, labor politics and economics, and alternative economic initiatives in the cooperative, private and public sectors. He was among the first in Boston to organize events to promote debate locally, nationally and internationally on the role of organized labor and of independent worker initiative on issues of economic empowerment and social entitlements in the globalized economy.
As a former social worker, elected union leader, professional union representative, organizer and educator for SEIU, he assisted public sector human service workers in Massachusetts. He served as coordinator of several cross-national research projects in comparative labor economics involving the US, Europe and Japan. He also contributed to planning and organizing the program of the Boston Social Forum in 2004 and its extensive Alternative Economy track. Currently he coordinates the efforts of the Global Economic Alternatives Network (GEAN).