Andrea has over 20 years of experience as a labor advocate and organizer working with people working in low-wage jobs and building a progressive labor movement. Prior to her work with OUR, was the Assistant Director of the Making Change at Walmart campaign at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, where she led the development of Organization United for Respect (OUR).
Previously, Andrea worked as the Acting Director of SEIU’s Property Service Division, and served as the Executive Vice President and Organizing Director of SEIU United Services Workers West, an organization of property services worker in California that has secured health care and living wages 40,000 janitors, security officers, higher education and airport workers. For 11 years, Andrea led organizing for Justice for Janitors and Airport Workers United campaigns in California, which brought over 10,000 new members into the organization and raised the standard of living for 50,000.
Cat has over 15 years of experience in building media, membership, narrative and advocacy platforms. Prior to joining OUR, Cat lead a team of technologists at Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) in the creation and implementation of digital platforms and tools for progressive advocacy groups, including ColorOfChange.org, MPowerChange.org, and Ultraviolet. At CEL, she also helped bring together a network of technologists to build technical capacity for the progressive movement. Prior to CEL, she spent a decade in public broadcasting, contributing to the development of a new digital membership platform which brought in over $10 million in revenue, migration into cloud infrastructure and open source frameworks, and content redistribution from traditional broadcast platforms to digital media.
In a former life, she worked as a youth advocate for the YWCA in San Francisco's Chinatown, a development associate for the National Resources Defense Council, and a software engineer for 2 of Silicon valley’s leading cryptography companies, RSA and Certicom. She received her MA in Computer Science from Mills College and her BA in Psychology from Oberlin College.
Girshriela Green is an online to field organizer with the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (Our Walmart) and a founder of “Respect the Bump,” a network of pregnant moms and people who have had issues with pregnancy who work at Walmart who are demanding better treatment. A single parent and a mother of 7, Girshriela is organizing to create a work environment at Walmart where pregnant workers can receive basic accommodations like more restroom breaks or water at the register and don’t have to be afraid to tell their employer when they’re expecting. Girshriela is a former Walmart worker and was one of the first 100 Walmart workers around the U.S. to stand up and organize as part of the OUR Walmart effort. She is a leader who builds other leaders, starting with her old store in Los Angeles and also including organizing in Texas and Florida and Minneapolis.
Eddie has over 20 years leading corporate accountability campaigns and low-wage worker organizing for national and local labor unions. Prior to his work with OUR, he served as the Assistant Director for at the Making Change at Walmart campaign at the UFCW. Previously, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Organizing Director of an SEIU property services local union in California. During his tenure, the local organized 10,000 workers and won break-through agreements that lifted standards for thousands of security guards, airport workers and janitors. He also served as Assistant Director with of SEIU’s Property Services Division where he led national organizing efforts. Eddie also worked for the AFL-CIO, where he helped coordinate multi-union organizing drives at several airports throughout the West. Eddie lives in Oakland, CA and has a masters degree in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in geography, both from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Since Eric Schlein began his work in the labor movement he has been dedicated to empowering Walmart workers in the workplace working on every different iteration of the Walmart campaign since 2008. He officially began his work with OUR Walmart in 2011 as an online organizer where he helped oversee the development and coordination of OUR Walmart’s online to field program.
Through Eric’s digital work OUR Walmart has expanded it’s network to reach over 2 million people each week. The success of OUR Walmart’s online to field program positioned itself to play a leading role in digital strategies for all of labor across the country.
Dan Schlademan has been a successful labor organizer for more than 20 years. A pioneer in developing and field testing new labor organizing strategies, Dan has led some of the labor movement’s most successful organizing campaigns of the past decade, helping workers build strong organizations and improving wages and healthcare.
Prior to working with OUR, Dan was the campaign director of Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) where he led the development of the global campaign to hold the largest employer in the world accountable to its workers and communities and helped support the formation of OUR Walmart.
Before working to help raise the voices of Walmart employees, Dan led organizing and member engagement strategies in several roles at SEIU Local 1, the largest property services union in the Midwest with more than 50,000 members. As a Vice President and Organizing Director, Dan helped thousands of once low‐wage property service workers in suburban Chicago win their first union contract after a successful two‐week strike in 2000.
As the director of the Houston Justice for Janitors campaign, Dan led one of the most successful large‐scale union organizing drives in the South in recent years. Confronting a right‐to‐work environment and establishing rights for immigrant workers, many who are undocumented, Dan helped workers win union representation, healthcare and better jobs for more than 5,000 janitors after a successful four‐week strike.At the start of his career, Dan worked for the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). Dan holds a degree in sociology from Rutgers and lives in New Jersey.
Angela Williamson was a long time Walmart worker who Walmart fired for using sick days. Angela her leadership role in OUR after Walmart fired her, traveling the country talking to Walmart workers who wanted to make a change and co-designing OUR Walmart’s on-line to field organizing strategy. Angela is now an organizing coordinator responsible for building one of our OUR’s national organizing model.