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Demystifying Unions

  • Monday, February 27, 2023
  • 5:30 PM
  • Virtual Program (Zoom Link will be emailed after registration)
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Why are organizations talking about unions? What is a union? What are the challenges and benefits of unions? If these are questions you’ve found yourself thinking about then this webinar is for you. Hear perspectives from folks who work with unions and who are or have been unionized members.* 

Our Speakers

Amelia Martinez

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Amelia Martinez holds her BA in Art History from Sonoma State University, and MA in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco. Her passion for the arts, and museum field, stem from their ability to connect communities, provide social critique, provoke thought, and inspire change. As an emerging museum professional developing her curatorial practice, she is eager to apply her knowledge, experience, and skill toward creating more equitable and inclusive spaces within the cultural field.

Currently in the position of Administrative Coordinator at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Amelia was a member of the organizing committee for Cultural Workers United D57.

Jonathan T. Wright 

Jonathan T. Wright serves as the Manager of Employee Relations for the City and County of San Francisco, overseeing the grievance and collective bargaining process for the City and its 37,000 employees. Jonathan works to build meaningful partnerships with labor leaders and activists to ensure workers voices are included in decisions affecting City employees. His approach to labor relations is based on a deep commitment to protecting workers rights, antiracism, and supporting essential public services. 

Prior to joining the City, Jonathan spent 18 years as an organizer and negotiator with Service Employees International Union and as well as International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. In his career in the Labor Movement, Jonathan organized and represented workers throughout California, the Rust Belt, Nevada, and Texas in both the public and private sectors. 
Jonathan lives in Martinez, California with his wife, daughter, and and two rescue dogs. He is a former member of the Martinez Unified Board of Education. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies from the New College of California in 2003. 

*The program is meant to address topics of interest to our community, the opinions expressed by the program speakers and participants do not necessarily represent the views of Cultural Connections or its current board.

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