The Fight of Her Life: Meet the MMA Star Who’s Trying to Unionize the Sport

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

 

***Please RSVP to lauraann@smlr.rutgers.edu.***

 

Many of the MMA fighters you see on national television are living below the poverty line.

Mixed Martial Artists receive a smaller share of revenue than athletes in other major sports. They are paid as independent contractors, denying them even the most basic workplace protections. And unlike most professional athletes in America, they are not represented by a union.

Now, one fighter is trying to change all that.

Leslie Smith has launched Project Spearhead, an organizing drive that will push the National Labor Relations Board to decide whether fighters are actually employees of organizations like the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And she wants the UFC and others to negotiate with the union she hopes to create.

 

EVENT
Labor Studies 575 Employment Relations in Sports presents:
 
The Fight of Her Life: Meet the MMA Star Who’s Trying to Unionize the Sport
 
Reception at 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is free. Please RSVP to lauraann@smlr.rutgers.edu.

 

PANELISTS
Leslie Smith: Professional Mixed Martial Artist, Invicta Fighting Championship and Ultimate Fighting Championship. Founder of Project Spearhead, a democratic, fighter-led organization currently working to unionize professional Mixed Martial Artists.
 
Lucas Middlebrook: Attorney. Partner at Seham, Seham, Meltz and Petersen. Attorney for Project Spearhead.
 
Wilma Liebman: Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Former Chairman and Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

 

SPONSORS
Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations; Wilentz, Goldman, & Spitzer; Mets Schiro & McGovern, LLP

 

QUESTIONS
Laura Walkoviak: lauraann@smlr.rutgers.edu

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Steve Flamisch: steve.flamisch@smlr.rutgers.edu