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Center for Global Workers’ Rights

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The Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR) works to move the research agenda on sweatshops, labor standards, and labor rights forward by organizing academic exchanges and events, promoting research, and creating a network of scholars, practitioners, and activists working on these issues around the world.

10th Annual GLU Conference Call for Papers!

10th Global Labour University Conference Co-Hosted by Penn State University and the AFL-CIO “Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power” Washington, D.C.; 30 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2015 Deadline for abstracts: 15 March 2015 Click here for more information

Center for Global Workers' Rights launches new MPS in Labor and Global Workers' Rights

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The Center for Global Workers’ Rights, in coordination with the Global Labour University, is launching a twelve month MPS program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights (pending final presentation to the Board of Trustees of Penn State). The program, designed for mid-career US and international labor practitioners, will focus on strategic corporate research and campaigns, international and comparative employment relations systems, and workers’ rights in the global economy. The deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year has now passed. Look for announcements for the 2015-2016 academic year program in early 2015.

A limited number of assistantships will be awarded to qualified applicants in need of financial support. For more information, please see http://www.global-labour-university.org/323.html.

For an overview of the MPS: MPS overview.

For a description of the curriculum: MPS curriculum.

For information on the application process: MPS application process

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Center for Global Workers’ Rights Co-Hosts the Global Labour Journal

The Center for Global Workers’ Rights joins the International Center for Development and Decent Work of Kassel University and the Research Committee on Labour Movements of the International Sociology Association in co-hosting the Global Labour Journal. The online journal publishes on a range of topics on labor and workers’ movement in the global economy by top scholars in the field. It is an open access journal and is run by an editorial team from the Global South and North. For more information, please see: http://www.rc44labour.org/rc-44-and-the-global-labour-journal/ . To access the Journal, go to: https://escarpmentpress.org/g

MPS Labor and Global Workers' Rights student, Shirley Pryce, received the Jamaican "Order of Distinction (OD)," which is one of her country’s highest honors.

Shirley Pryce awardMPS Labor and Global Workers' Rights student, Shirley Pryce, received the Jamaican "Order of Distinction (OD)," which is one of her country’s highest honors. Shirley will travel to Jamaica to have the Order conferred on her by the country’s Prime Minister for her contribution to domestic (household) worker organizing. Shirley is the Founder and President of the Jamaican Household Workers’ Union. She was actively involved in the successful campaign for the International Labour Organization Convention for Domestic Workers, ILO Convention 189. Shirley is a former domestic worker and has been a human rights advocate for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

Bangladesh labor organizer Kalpona Akter and Reba Sikder, a garment worker and survivor of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, spoke to Penn State students on Tuesday, February 18th.

Bangladeshi labor organizer Kalpona Akter and Reba Sikder, a garment worker who survived the Rana Plaza collapse, spoke at Penn State on a United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) tour. Rana Plaza, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, came into the international spotlight after a tragic collapse killed over 1000 people in April of 2013. The two women spoke about their struggle to force brands to sign a legally binding agreement to improve apparel factory safety and working conditions in Bangladesh, as well as what students can do to make Penn State sweat-free!

Renwei Liu, Joyce Sinakhone, Rana Plaza worker Reba Sikder, Kalpona Akter from the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, CGWR Director Mark Anner and CGWR Post-Doctoral Scholar Jakir Hossain

Last month, Penn State administrators set forth a requirement that, effective March 31, 2014, any company producing Penn State logo goods in Bangladesh must sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety to help ensure safe working conditions. Failure to sign the Accord by March 31 will lead to termination or non-renewal of the license agreement.

 

Kalpona Akter (left) and Reba Sikder (right)

Reba Sikder speaks about here experience in this video.


Mark Anner, winner of the James G. Scoville Paper Award by Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Mark Anner’s article “Corporate Social Responsibility and Freedom of Association Rights: The Precarious Quest for Legitimacy and Control in Global Supply Chains.” (2012, Politics & Society 40(4): 604 – 639) was awarded the James G. Scoville International/Comparative Best Paper Award at the Labor and Employment Relations Association meeting in June 2013 in St. Louis. For the paper abstract click here, Anner, Corporate Social Responsibility and Freedom of Association Rights.


Workshop on Strikes, Unions, and Workers in China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh

Attendees included (from left to right) Johns Hopkins University student Guowei Liang, Professor Gaochao He of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), CGWR Post-doctoral Scholar Jakir Hossain, CGWR Director Mark Anner, and CGWR visiting scholar Renwei LuiOn February 7, the CGWR hosted the "Workshop on Strikes, Unions, and Workers in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh." Attendees included (from left to right) Johns Hopkins University student Guowei Liang, Professor Gaochao He of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), CGWR Post-doctoral Scholar Jakir Hossain, CGWR Director Mark Anner, and CGWR visiting scholar Renwei Lui.