Board Vice President, Molly Glasgow and Executive Director, Mary Hamel were honored to meet U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez at the first Worker Voice Regional Summit on Feb 9 at Martin Luther King Park Rec Center in Mpls, representing MetroIBA / Buy Local Twin Cities andAmerican Sustainable Business Council.

The White House and Department of Labor developed the first Worker Voice Regional Summits to bring together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in the conversation.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez told area workers, business owners, union leaders and elected officials gathered at a community center in south Minneapolis that Minnesota is “ground zero,” for successful and innovative strategies that serve as a model for workers looking to gain a meaningful voice on the job.

“We’re proud of our state and proud of our town,” U.S. Rep Ellison said. “But we’ve got to do something, and conversations like this are part of the solution.” Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, drew a connection between elevating workers’ collective voice and addressing the region’s alarming economic disparities between white workers and people of color.

You can Join the conversation online using  #StarttheConvo

And learn more at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/campaign/worker-voice