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Will the Supreme Court kill organized labor? Panel Discussion

May 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Washington Post: “Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms”

Slate: “The Supreme Court’s latest union case is designed to kneecap the Democratic Party.”

Just what the Supreme Court is up to? This session, the case of Janus v. AFSCME, which unions will likely lose, will have far-reaching impact on public sector unions, organized labor, and on the Democratic party coalition. Unions are a cornerstone of progressive organizing, phonebanking and volunteers, and fundraising for liberal candidates.

This month, we’re taking a closer look at this case, what the impact will be on U.S. labor & politics, and what lessons there are for organized labor from the German context. On our panel, we’re excited to welcome Janett Kampf, from IG Metall, and Shweta Gupta, an American employment lawyer.


7:30pm – Welcome, summer update, voter & absentee ballot support
8:00pm – Panel with Janett Kampf (IG Metall) & Shweta Gupta, followed by Q&A
8:45pm – Announcements

About the Panelists

Janett Kampf works for IG Metall Executive Committee’s Berlin office, as part of the Department General Policy and Sociopolitical Issues. She was part of IG Metall’s trainee program and worked as a trade union secretary in Berlin. She was also the contact person for works councils and our members in IT- and telecommunication companies in Berlin.

Shweta Gupta is a Democrats Abroad member in Berlin and an employment lawyer. Originally from Pittsburgh, she was previously senior counsel at BNY Mellon and a law clerk for the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Support

Have questions about how to register to vote from abroad? Not sure whether your absentee ballot request went through? Our overseas voting experts will be at the meeting and can help you make sure you’re all set to vote in this year’s primaries and elections.

Food & Drinks: There will be drinks (by donation), so please bring snacks or other food to share.

As always, we welcome new faces, even if you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before.

RSVP: It’s not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect, and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße
Falckensteinstraße 6
Berlin, 10997 Germany
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