Employment and Jobs

Insights on engaging with retail employers: A Conversation with Carrie Gleason

February 12, 2018  • Carrie Gleason & Economic Opportunities Program

Engaging with retail employers on business practices that can promote employee engagement, stability, and advancement is a driving objective for Reimagine Retail local partners. During this one hour webinar, Carrie Gleason of the Center for Popular Democracy shares insights on how she has approached conversations with retail company representatives to learn about workforce needs and potential entry-points for collaboration on workplace practices that affect stability and mobility. Carrie draws on 15 years of experience building solutions and programs inclusive of worker voice that have resulted in shifting employer practices in the retail sector.

Carrie Gleason founded and directs CPD’s Fair Workweek Initiative, which is driving national momentum to restore a family-sustaining workweek through innovation in public policy and private sector leadership. This effort has already won fair workweek policies in 6 cities and 2 states and moved 13 retail brands to end on-call scheduling. Carrie provides regular analysis of trends in retail employment and the future of work for the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Carrie co-founded the Retail Action Project (RAP), which is dedicated to achieving good jobs in the New York City retail industry. RAP provides direct services, leadership development, and has won over $3.5 million through wage theft campaigns.

Carrie has worked in the labor movement for over 15 years, having worked for the RWDSU/UFCW and UNITE-HERE Local 6. She was a 2009-2010 Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

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