Low Wage Work Invite by E72asoA


									The Aspen Institute cordially invites you to a lunchtime dialogue in Washington D.C.

    The Housing Market’s Foundation: A Discussion on the
           Workforce in Residential Construction
                                           Mike Holland
                          Division President, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.

                                         Christine Owens
                       Executive Director, National Employment Law Project

                                            Emily Timm
                               Policy Analyst, Workers Defense Project

                                           Nik Theodore
Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

                                           Moderated by
                                           Yuki Noguchi
                        Correspondent, National Desk, National Public Radio

                                 Thursday, October 18th, 2012
                                    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
                                       At the Aspen Institute
                                  One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700
                                       Washington, DC 20036

                                       Click here to RSVP
             A special thanks to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation
                                  for their support of this discussion series.

           For further information contact: Matt Helmer, Economic Opportunities Program
                             Tel: 202-341-4992; e-mail: matt.helmer@aspeninst.org

About the Speakers

Mike Holland, Division President, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.
Mike Holland is the Division President of Marek Brothers Systems, Inc., a 74 year old construction specialty
contractor in Texas and Georgia. Marek Brothers, which employs nearly 1,000 workers, specializes in interior
drywalls and insulation projects in the residential and commercial construction sectors. The American
Subcontractors Association awarded Marek Brothers the Excellence in Ethics award, a very distinctive national
award that ASA gives to subcontractors from around the country for instilling high standards of integrity within
their firm. Marek Brothers Systems was one of only seven companies throughout the country to receive an
Excellence in Ethics Award in 2012. Mike is a 41 year veteran of the construction industry and has been with
Marek Brothers for his entire career in construction. Mike is a national board member for the American
Subcontractors Association, a board member for the Associated Builders and Contractors, an executive
committee member of the Construction Career Collaborative, and a member of the Texas A&M University
Construction Industry Advisory Council. He has also served as president of Houston chapter of the American
Subcontractors Association, been a member of the Associated General Contractors of Houston board of
directors, and is a graduate of the Associated General Contractors’ Leadership Forum. Mike also served on the
board of Greater Houston YMCA and Foster Family YMCA.

Yuki Noguchi, Correspondent, National Desk, National Public Radio (NPR)
Yuki Noguchi joined NPR News in May 2008 as a correspondent. She is a general assignment reporter covering
business for NPR's National Desk. She began reporting for NPR in Washington with the 2008 presidential race
underway and as the economy started to experience severe turmoil. Her stories have ranged from declines in
SUV sales at Carmax to profiles of important figures involved in the Wall Street bailout. Noguchi's pieces can
be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday. Before joining NPR,
Noguchi worked at The Washington Post, first as a reporter and later as an editor. Starting in 1999, she covered
economic development. Starting in 2000, she covered telecommunications and wrote stories about the major
industry mergers, the Federal Communications Commission and the rise of some of the Internet giants. On the
side, she also wrote about her love of swing dancing. Later, she covered consumer technology, writing features
about people and their relationships with their gadgets. This was her favorite beat. Most recently, Noguchi
directed the paper's coverage of national technology news. Prior to joining the Post, Noguchi reported on
business and politics for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and The Orlando
Sentinel. She received her B.A. in history from Yale University. During a year off, she studied in Yokohama,
Japan, and worked for Kyodo News Service in Tokyo. She is fluent in Japanese and speaks conversational

Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project
Christine Owens joined NELP as its Executive Director in January 2008. Over her long career as a workers’
rights advocate, she has held a variety of public interest and public sector positions advancing employment
rights and opportunities for women, people of color and low wage workers. In 1997, she joined the national
AFL-CIO as a senior policy analyst specializing in workplace equity issues, and in 2001, was appointed
Director of Public Policy. At the AFL-CIO, she worked closely with NELP and numerous national and
grassroots economic policy and worker advocacy groups, along with national unions and state labor federations,
to promote reforms such as minimum wage and living wage hikes, pay equity for working women, and state UI
coverage expansions. Before joining the AFL-CIO, she founded and ran the Workers Options Resource Center,
which coordinated the efforts of a broad-based coalition of national and community organizations to win the
1996 federal minimum wage increase. Christine holds a degree in law from the University of Virginia and a
Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary.
Nik Theodore, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois
at Chicago
Nik Theodore is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of
Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and former director of the Center for Urban Economic Development (2000-12). Prior
to joining UIC, he was a researcher with the Chicago Urban League (1988-97), and an Atlantic Fellow in Public
Policy at Manchester University (UK). His work focuses on the restructuring of urban labor markets, the
decline of labor standards in low wage industries, and the role of intermediaries in reshaping labor-market
pathways. He is an author of studies documenting conditions in day labor markets, assessing workplace
violations in low-wage industries, and examining the role of the temporary staffing industry in the U.S.
economy, as well as a forthcoming study on the domestic work industry. Professor Theodore’s work has been
covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, and other print and electronic
news outlets.

Emily Timm, Policy Analyst, Workers Defense Project
Emily Timm has worked with low-income workers in Maryland, Rhode Island and Texas for over 10 years as
an organizer and advocate. She has worked with Workers Defense Project since 2004 and is a co-author
of Building Austin, Building Injustice: Working Conditions in Austin’s Construction Industry, which uncovered
widespread safety and wage violations on construction work sites in Austin. She has also authored studies
documenting the social costs of construction injuries and the disproportionate burden they place on hospitals
and working families. She is co-authoring a forthcoming report on working conditions in five Texas cities, the
largest study of its kind to date on previously unstudied construction markets. Emily currently oversees WDP’s
Community Organizing for Change program and is working with WDP’s Construction Worker Committee on
the Build a Better Texas Campaign to win safe and dignified working conditions for construction workers in
Texas. Emily is committed to social and economic justice for all and believes that real change is only possible
when it is led by those who have experienced oppression first-hand. Emily holds a B.A. in International
Development Studies from Brown University.


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