Founder of Freelancers Union to Speak at Albany Law

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Date: 03/24/2008

Sara Horowitz, founder of Working Today, will discuss "Providing Benefits and Protection to the New Flexible Workforce" on Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom.

Sara Horowitz founded Working Today in 1995 to represent the needs and concerns of the growing independent workforce. Working Today seeks to update the nation's social safety net, developing systems so that all working people can access affordable benefits, regardless of their job arrangement.

In recognition of her efforts to create a self-sustaining organization of flexible workers, Sara was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1999. In 1996, the Stern Family Fund named her a Public Interest Pioneer, and she was also an Echoing Green fellow for four years. Recently she was named as one of Esquire Magazine's Fifty Best & Brightest.

Before founding Working Today, Sara was a labor attorney in private practice and a union organizer with 1199, the National Health and Human Service Employees Union. Prior to joining 1199, Sara was a public defender in New York City.

A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, she holds degrees from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, SUNY Buffalo Law School, and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sara's articles on the new flexible workforce have been published in USA Today, The New Democrat and Industrial Relations Research Association Year 2000 Volume. Working Today, which is supported by grants from groups such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, has been featured throughout the popular and business press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired and Fast Company; as well as on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NOW with David Brancaccio and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, contact Professor Michael Hayes at 518-445-3248 or