The 11th Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture

Thursday, March 10

3:00 p.m.

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Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity

Tefere_Gebre_DLLL2016Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President, is the speaker for this year's Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture, "Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity." Tefere will share his thoughts and engage in a discussion of ideas with students and the public about why and how we need to change the rules.

Tefere Gebre, born in Gondar, Ethiopia, was a political refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager. While attending college in California, Tefere worked his first union job as a night shift loader at UPS (and member of Teamsters Local 396). Since, Tefere has devoted his entire life to the values of hard work and a voice at the workplace.

Tefere contributed tremendous change in redefining the growing labor movement in Orange County, California. As executive director, he doubled the political capacity of the labor movement in the county. In 2008 and every year thereafter, the federation was honored by the state federation’s Strategic Planning Committee as one of the highest-performing labor councils, and was singled out as an “agent for change” by the California Labor Federation. In less than a year as executive director, Tefere increased the federation's membership by more than 15,000 new members, established a communications division, expanded the political operations and grew the program staff.

Tefere was elected executive vice president of the AFL-CIO in 2013. It was a clear recognition of his leadership skills and of the focus on building strong labor-community partnerships at the local level through the movement’s central labor councils and state federations. He has focused his attention on building strong partnerships between labor and community groups, immigrant rights advocates and civil rights organizations. He has placed particular emphasis on building the labor movement in the South, where conditions are most oppressive for millions of working people.

The Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture is presented as a public service by the Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago-Kent College of Law and its Institute for Law & the Workplace.


Thursday, March 10


3:00 p.m. | Program


IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661


This event is complimentary, but RSVPs are requested no later than Monday, March 7.


Chicago-Kent Alumni Association