(AUD) is a pro-labor, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of democratic trade unionism in the North American labor movement.

Join AUD for: 60 Years of Rebels and Reformers

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Help AUD honor founder Herman Benson’s 100th birthday. Join us on October 3rd 2015 at St. Marks Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY for the premier  of a short film about Benson’s work and the history of AUD, as well as speakers involved in the labor movement. Afterwards, we will have a celebratory dinner and reception where you can catch up with old friends and meet the people who are the future of union democracy.

1:00 pm Hors d’oeuvres
2:00 pm Film & Speakers
4:15 pm Cocktails
5:00 pm Dinner

Speakers include:

  • Chicago Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza: TBA

  • ATU President Larry Hanley: Winning Election to Union Office Against the Odds 

  • NUHW President Sal Rosselli: TBA

  • NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez: Protecting Rank and File Caucuses and the Decisive Role of Nurses Unions in our Health Care System 

  • MEBA President (retired) Larry O’Toole: The Use of Union Democracy to Clean Up Corrupt Unions 

  • PEF Division 169 Leader (retired) Mike Keenan: How to Make a Democratic Union from Within 

  • Legal scholar Jim Jacobs: The Effective Use of Government Trusteeships to Clean up Corrupt Unions

  • Former Village Voice labor reporter Tom Robbins: The Press and Union Reformers 

  • Author and reporter Kenneth C. Crowe: Herman Benson: Working Class Hero 

  • TDU National Organizer Ken Paff: The Use of Democracy and the Law to Break the Grip of Organized Crime on the Teamsters

  • IBEW activist Dan Boswell: Defending Free Speech in the IBEW

  • AUD Director Michael Goldberg: The LMRDA and the AUD

  • and Herman Benson: A Tribute to those Who Gave Life to AUD


Sorry, the deadline for ads has passed and we have sent the program book to our printer.

If you would prefer not to purchase your tickets online or would like to pay by check, please download and print out this form and return it to the AUD office. Because the event is in less than a week, please email or fax is your form, even if you are paying by check, so we know to add your name to the guest list for the event. Thank you.


  1. September 13, 2015    

    I will be happy to join

    • September 22, 2015    

      Dear Martin, thanks for your interest, please make a contribution if you can’t make it to the event.

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