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Lena Solow is a sex educator and former retail worker currently employed as a staff representative and organizer at a union for nonprofit workers in NYC. She is an Ashkenazi Jew raised in Washington, DC, and living in Brooklyn, NY. Lena’s writing has appeared in Broadly and Teen Vogue, and she has been featured as one of NPR’s 50 Great Teachers.
A group of people from various positions and experiences with labor unions and worker movements gathered to discuss the problems and potential of labor organizing today. What follows is an edited version of their conversation.