Working families had a strong presence at the annual Netroots Nation conference for progressive activists, with several unions co-sponsoring the event, numerous labor-sponsored events and displays and 30 panels with themes about workplace rights or union activists as speakers. Netroots Nation is the largest annual conference of progressive activists and has grown well beyond its initial creation as a get-together for lefty bloggers and fans of the Daily Kos website.
Among the labor-related highlights of Netroots Nation was the fire operations class sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), shown in the video. Conference attendees got a chance to go through the same type of training our first responders go through, including simulating a fire rescue and opening a car door with the "Jaws of Life."
The Friday morning keynote panel included AFT President Randi Weingarten as part of a discussion on gun control called "Not Another Newtown: Building a Movement to Prevent Gun Violence":
A popular panel discussing new ways of organizing workers, "The Rise of Alt-Labor: Organizing Outside Traditional Unions," highlighted innovative campaigns:
UNITE HERE’s Hyatt Hurts campaign was featured in a panel called "Making Wall Street Tremble: Case Studies from Innovative Corporate Campaigns":
One last highlight was Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen as a member of a panel on the "The Three Keys to Reclaiming Our Democracy":