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January 2018 Newsletter

~~January 2018 Newsletter ~~

Happy New Year!

We are excited to share just a few of the new developments happening at the Center this January. On January 17, 2018 Sarah Peskin was unanimously voted in as chair of the Frances Perkins Center Board of Directors replacing long-term board chair, Dr. Christopher Breiseth. Dr. Breiseth will stay on the executive committee in the role as treasurer, joining vice-chair, Susan Bateson and secretary, Charles Hoffacker. We also welcome two new dynamic professionals to our board of directors, Allison Beck and Ann Beaudry. In the office we welcome two new staff members, Bridget Alexander as development director and Amanda Cooke as administrative assistant with Chris Cash transitioning to the position of program director. 2018 looks like a busy year for the Center and we thank you all for your support that has allowed us to come this far.

Warm regards,

Michael Chaney

Executive Director

Frances Perkins Center

Photos top to bottom: Amanda Cooke and Michael Chaney, Chris Cash, Bridget Alexander

Thank you

Dr. Christopher Breiseth

and welcome

Sarah Peskin.



Welcome two new members to our board of directors.

Allison Beck

Allison Beck is a prominent mediator, labor-management relations consultant, and lawyer with deep experience in both traditional and new economy models of work. Most recently, she served in the Obama Administration as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), an independent federal agency created to improve labor-management relationships and prevent disputes. Ms. Beck is well-respected by both labor and management as a proactive advocate for more collaborative labor-management relationships. Prior to her work at FMCS, Ms. Beck had an extensive career in the field of labor law and labor-management relations. For 20 years, she served as General Counsel for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO (IAM), where she supervised the legal affairs of a large, international labor union. Ms. Beck was the Jean McKelvey Neutral-In-Residence for the 2016-2017 academic year at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and she is the recipient of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s 2016 Outstanding Practitioner Award.

Ann Beaudry

Ann Beaudry has been a CEO and senior executive of nonprofit advocacy and policy organizations, specializing in strategic planning, program development and communications.  She currently serves as a consultant; recent clients include the Schott Foundation for Public Education, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, and Communities in Schools. She is the co-author of Winning Local and State Elections (Simon & Schuster) and has contributed to numerous public policy publications, including New Directions in State and Local Tax Reform, Women in the Economy: A Legislative Agenda, Schott 50-State Report on Black Males and Public Education. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma—and is pleased to call Camden,
Maine home.


Introducing our new blog, “Frances and Faith” by Board Secretary, The Rev. Charles Hoffacker

People interested in the New Deal and related issues are sometimes unaware of the contributions made by Frances Perkins. In turn, people who recognize Frances Perkins as a national figure of rigorous education and widespread practical experience are sometimes unaware of how her faith was the foundation for her life and public service. This blog will address the faith of Frances Perkins, as well as connections
between various expressions of faith and diverse issues of economics and labor. It will feature original articles, reviews, and links to other resources. Please 
email Charles Hoffacker for details about how you can participate in this effort. Contributions representing all religious traditions are solicited.

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Then and Now

In this edition we introduce Then and Now, comparing original articles, audio files, editorials, observations from
Frances Perkins with present day articles on the same topic. How far have we come, or not, to when Frances first addressed the issue?

The Cost of the Five-Dollar Dress

by Frances Perkins, 1933

It hangs in the window in one of the little cash-and-carry stores that now line a street where fashionable New Yorkers used to drive out in their carriages
to shop at Tiffany’s and Constable’s.

Columbia University Libraries Online Exhibitions, Essay republished in Survey Graphic 1993

.Read her full essay here.

The Real Cost of Cheap Fashion

By Laura Anastasia, September 4, 2017

Many of our trendy, inexpensive clothes are made in places like Bangladesh, where workers—including children—toil under conditions that may shock you.

(Cartoon by Patrick Chappatte/

Read the full New York Times article here.

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