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Brokering a Better Deal at the Workplace: Is There a Role for Social Workers?

Nov. 17 conference of policymakers, public/private sector leaders, & service providers examines workplace challenges & impact on social welfare policy
Must the needs of employees always come second to a company's financial well-being? Is there a way to reconcile the interests of human needs with social and economic change? Can the social work profession support both worker well- being and economic development? These and other timely workplace issues will be addressed in a conference, "The New Deal, The Raw Deal: Social Work's Role in Achieving a Better Deal at the Workplace," to be presented by Columbia University's School of Social Work and its Workplace Center on Monday, November 17 in the Dag Hammarskjold Lounge (6th floor) of Columbia's International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Press coverage is invited. A highlight of the conference will be a roundtable exchange ("Debating the Issues" at 10 a.m.) with an exceptionally diverse group that includes Fred Siegel (senior fellow, Progressive Policy Institute); George Stephanopoulos, (visiting professor at Columbia); top executives from Colgate Palmolive, Corporate Health Systems, and America Works; and representatives of the local AFL-CIO chapter and the Immigrant Project Department of the AFL-CIO's UNITE. Columbia Professor Sheila Akabas, a pioneer in the field of occupational social work, will facilitate the discussion. Later in the afternoon, nine separate workshops will survey the challenges and opportunities faced by certain groups -- those moving from welfare to work, aging workers, those with disabilities, immigrants, and others -- in relation to a host of issues, such as diversity, funding for program development, union and corporate responses, work and family, and relevant legislation. Experts from the policy and practice arenas will explore strategic responses to today's challenges. The registration fee for the public is $25; $10 for students; members of the media are invited to attend free of charge. The conference is presented by the Department of Field Instruction and the Center for Social Policy and Practice at Columbia's School of Social Work, and is co-sponsored by FEGS; the Health & Security Plan of DC 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO; Hunter College School of Social Work - CUNY; and the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter. 8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration & breakfast 9 a.m. Welcome remarks, Ronald Feldman, dean, Columbia School of Social Work; Introductions, Cheryl Franks, assistant director, Department of Field Instruction, Columbia School of Social Work 9:15 - 10 a.m. Keynote address by Joyce Miller, former executive director of the Glass Ceiling Commission and president of the Coalition of Labor Women 10:15 - noon Roundtable exchange facilitated by Professor Sheila Akabas, Columbia professor and pioneer in occupational social work, with: --- Patricia Abelson, CEO, Corporate Health Systems --- Philip Berry, vice president, Human Resources, Latin American Division, Colgate Palmolive --- Lee Bowes, CEO, America Works --- Muzaffar Christi, director, Immigrant Project Department, UNITE, AFL-CIO --- Fred Siegel, senior fellow, Progressive Policy Institute --- George R. Stephanopoulos, visiting professor, Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs --- Roslyn Yasser, administrator, DC 37 Health and Security Plan, AFSCME, AFL-CIO noon -1:15 p.m. lunch 1:15 - 3 p.m. Workshops Barbara Zerzan, director, Family Daycare Project, Consortium for Worker Education, and Nancy Smith, senior vice president & director of Personnel Bates Advertising USA 3/Columbia University workplace conference Tom Pendleton, executive director, New York Citywide School-to-Work Alliance, and Laura Shubilla, planning coordinator, Banana Kelly Community Learning Center Howard Van Jones, director of employment and training, NYC Central Labor Council; Carmelo Loran, program director, Occupational Training Program, Episcopal Social Services; and Claudia Beldonedo, associate director, the Family Institute, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY Lauren Gates, director of research, the Workplace Center, Columbia University, and Mark Leeds, executive director, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Frances M. Curtis, supervising social worker, PSU, DC 37 Health & Security Plan; David Ockert, executive director, Parallax Center; and Susan John, NY State Assembly Member for Rochester Viola Lechner, associate professor, St. John's University, and Susan Brot, director, UNITE Retiree Services Lloyd M. Bowers, second VP/EAP counselor, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Virginia Oran-Sabia, project supervisor, DC 37 Health & Security Plan Ilze Betins, program director, El Saro Youth and Family Services, and Irene Chung, coordinator of Asian Bicultural Services, Community Consultation Center, Henry Street Settlement House Kathryn Conroy, assistant dean and director of Field Instruction at Columbia's School of Social Work, and Jim Hardeman, corporate EAP manager, Polaroid Corporation 3:15 - 4 p.m. Closing Address by Professor Ann Hartman, dean emerita and professor, Smith College School of Social Work, and former editor of Social Work: "Facing the Future: Making the World of Work Work for Social Work" 10.17.97 19,192