Who: Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) and Sex Workers Internet Radio Lounge (S.W.I.R.L.)

What: Sex Workers Emerging Identities in Organized Labor: Past, Present and Future

When: Monday January 7, 2008 7-9 pm Pacific Standard Time

Where: Laney College, 900 Fallon Street Oakland, California 94607
Room A-120 Campus Map

Stream Live at: Sex Worker Internet Radio Lounge S.W.I.R.L

The Erotic Service Providers Union is pleased to announce the first ever LIVE STREAMING speaking event in conjunction with the Sex Worker Internet Radio Lounge. This historic collaboration between actual erotic laborers and the internet non-profit will broadcast live the audio from Sex Workers Emerging Identities in Collective Organizing: Past, Present and Future, featuring Professor Gregor Gall in what will hopefully become the first of many live broadcast on SWIRL which streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Gall is the author of Sex Worker Union Organizing – an International Study (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) which steps beyond the usual discourse by recognizing the relevance of organizing sex industry workers union labor style around points of production, distribution and exchange. Copies will be available for sale at the speak out.
Gregor Gall is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Hertfordshire (England) and Director of its Centre for Research in Employment Studies. He was previously Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and has authored three books, over fifty journal articles, and over two hundred articles for labour unionists as well as editor of four collections. His research concerns labor unions and union organizing and he has worked for a number of unions in Britain on commissioned research projects.

Sex Worker Unionisation:An exploratory Study of Emerging Collective Organisation by Gregor Gall.pdf

Auxiliary ESPU member, Slava Osowska will open with a short presentation on the role of prostitutes in organizing the Industrial Workers of the World. Women’s support of workers’ strikes are key to worker self determination. Many women worked as prostitutes in early America as it gave them ability to migrate. Use of phrases and words associated with prostitution such as ‘Red Light District’ and ‘punk’ will reveal the relationship between freedom loving people; organized workers and prostitutes.

Slava Osowska is an IWW member of the San Francisco Bay Area Branch and officer of the San Francisco Bike Messengers’ Association.

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