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Tapped In: In The Belly of the Shopping Beast
Our Town
Megan Finnegan & Debby Aspen Matis

October 19, 2011
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The Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union wants Upper East Siders to understand the work that goes into presenting them with an impeccable shopping experience at Barneys. They’re presenting a panel discussion entitled “Malled: Revealing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Working Retail,” in which experts will discuss how the number of retail jobs are rising while the quality of those jobs is on the decline.

The panel will include City Council Member Dan Garodnick, chair of the council’s consumer affairs committee; Caitlin Kelly, author of Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail; Tami Tyree, a lifelong retail professional and leader at the Retail Action Project; and Carrie Gleason, director of the Retail Action Project. It will be moderated by Dorian T. Warren, a Columbia University professor of political science. The panel will address such questions as “Can we afford bargain basement jobs in this important industry?” and “What role can shoppers play in revaluing the work of people employed on the front lines of our retail economy?” The panel takes place Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Regina Peruggi Room at Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71st St.