Robert Pollin and Bill Fletcher Jr

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S. Most recently, he co-authored the reports ?Job Opportunities for the Green Economy? (June 2008) and ?Green Recovery? (September 2008), exploring the broader economic benefits of large-scale investments in a clean-energy economy in the U.S.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a columnist, activist, author and labor organizer. He is the Executive Editor of The Black Commentator and his newest book, cowritten with Fernando Gapasin, is entitled “Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice”. He is the a cofounder of the Center for Labor Renewal, has served as President
of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.