Forum 2: Practices

The Practices meeting will be held at Tampa Marriott Water Street directly after the DLF Forum 2019, in Tampa, Florida, October 16-17, 2019. The meeting will begin in the afternoon of October 16th and end at 5pm on October 17th.

Goals for the forum:

  • Understand how mission, regulatory, and legal frameworks shape current granting practices around labor.
  • Understand shared and individual goals of funding organizations.
  • Develop a framework for actionable, concrete guidelines on grant labor practices.


Jane McAlevey is an organizer, author, and scholar. She is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, part of the Institute for Labor & Employment Relations. Her third book, forthcoming from Ecco/HarperCollins January 7, 2020, argues that despite, if not because of, the withering attacks on working people from the US Supreme Court, conservative state and local governments, and the corporate class, the survival of American democracy depends on rebuilding unions.

Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, published by Oxford University Press, was released late in 2016. From 2010-2015, she earned a Ph.D., followed by a two-year Post Doc at the Harvard University Law School. She is a regular commentator on radio and TV.


All sessions will be held in Room 11 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. Badges will be available at the main DLF Forum/Digipres Registration desk. Supplies for the meeting will be in Room 11.

Time Session Activities
1:30 pm Welcome Welcome, goals, expectations, logistics
1:45 pm Review of Forum 1 lessons learned Reviewing our main takeaways and collective reflections since the forum
2:15 pm Presentation: Funding Presentation on language currently present on applications for funding, topics raised in conversations with funder representatives this summer, time for Q&A.
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Panel: Managers Reflections post forum 1 & reports on investigation/attempts to enact change
4:20 pm Bio break
4:30 pm Tools for Assessing Labor Short presentation on a tool which can be used to estimate the amount of labor required to complete grant outcomes
4:45 pm Outlining Possible Outcomes Preparations for Tomorrow (1 possible presentation, tbd)
6 pm Dinner
Time Session Activities
8 am Breakfast
8:45 am Keynote: Jane McAlevey
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Review & Break Out Work Review goals from previous days. Revisit outcomes. Setting expectations and getting organized.
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm Outcomes Drafting
2:15 pm Break
2:45 pm Outcomes Drafting
4:00 pm Closing Regroup, recap, plan next steps.