[Event Information]
GSDM 110th Platform Seminar
“From Clean Rooms to Dirty Water: Labor, Semiconductor Firms, and the Struggle over Pollution and Workplace Hazards in Silicon Valley”
5th July, 2018 10:00-11:30
(Seminar Room A, Int’l Academic Research Bldg. Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo)

Labor activists often associated with the communist party initiated Silicon Valley’s antitoxics movement and were the driving force behind environmental remediation in the region in the first half of the 1980s. In order to unionize semiconductor plants, activists associated with SCCOSH and United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, a left-wing union, attacked corporate negligence regarding worker safety and health. SCCOSH later allied itself with the Central Labor Council of Santa Clara County to push for the cleanup of aquifers contaminated by the semiconductor industry. The activists ultimately failed to organize Silicon Valley, but their campaigns led to a revolution in safety among microelectronics firms and to large-scale remediation efforts conducted under the EPA’s Superfund program.

Prof. Christophe Lécuyer

Speaker Christophe Lécuyer
Professor, History of Science and Technology, Sorbonne University
Date&Time 10:00-11:30, Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Venue Seminar Room A, 12F, Int’l Academic Research Bldg. Hongo Campus, the University of TokyoMAP
Registration Click here for an advanced registration.
Language English
Fee Free of charge
Co-hosted by University-wide Graduate Education Program, “Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG)” Education Program
The University of Tokyo Programs for Leading Graduate Schools, the Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM)
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