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GWR Symposium

International Symposium, Global Workers’ Rights: Patterns of Exclusion, Possibilities for Change, March 20 - 23, 2013

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Members of the CGWR hosted scholars, activists, and labor practitioners from various parts of the world focusing on the growing trend toward worker precarity.  The aim of this symposium was to discuss existing strategies and propose alternative ways to overcome associated insecurities while seeking approaches that might help promote worker empowerment. The symposium was inaugurated with the keynote address of Guy Standing, Professor in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).

The event was sponsored by the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, with help from the PSU Center for Global Studies and Latin American Studies Program.

 

 

Schedule of Events (Click here for a full symposium program)

See links below for presentation outlines and abstracts.

Date Time Location Event Description
3/20 7:15 p.m. 101 Chambers Building on Penn State Campus

Keynote address, Wednesday March 20 at 7:15 p.m. in 101 Chambers Building

Symposium flyer.pdf

Opening remarks by Mark Anner, Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Political Science, Director of the Center for Global Workers' Rights

 

Speaker introduction by Paul Clark, Director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations

Keynote Address by Guy Standing, Professor in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, “The Precariat: Building Occupational Citizenship”

3/21 8:45 a.m. Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Symposium Panels Open, Thursday, March 21


Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

3/21 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 1: Fighting for Domestic Workers’ Rights: Narrating a Transnational Movement
Chair: Jill Jensen, Department of Labor Studies and Labor Relations, Penn State University

Participants: Eileen Boris, Hull Professor and Chair Department of Feminist Studies, UC, Santa Barbara
Jennifer Fish, Professor and Chair of the Women’s Studies Department, Old Dominion University
“‘Slaves no more’: Making Global Labor Standards for Domestic Workers”(presentation outline)(abstract)

 

 Shirley Pryce, President, Jamaica Household Workers' Association
“Fighting for Domestic Workers Rights around the Globe” (presentation outline)(abstract)

 

3/21 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 2: Labor Standards, Global Production, and Activism
Chair: Dan Letwin, Department of History, Penn State University

Participants: Jenny Chan, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, University of London; Adviser, SACOM - “Student Interns in China: Foxconn Internship through Government and School Mobilization” (presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Ruben Cortina, President of UNI-Americas and President of UNI-Global Union Commerce sector; Elected Officer in charge of the Direction of International Affairs of the Argentine Federation of Commerce and Private Services Workers
“The Global Dimension and Action of the Trade Union Movement" (presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Michael Fichter, Lecturer, Global Labour University, Berlin
“Global Framework Agreements and Union Networking: Quo vadis?”(presentation outline) (abstract)

3/21 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 3:  Migration and Work: Race, Gender, and Nation
Chair: Sarah Damaske, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Penn State University

Participants: Valerie Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Science Project, New York City
“Transnational Family as Resource for Transnational Migrant Activism” (presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Solsiree del Moral, Assistant Professor Latin American and Caribbean History, Department of History, PSU
“The Great Puerto Rican Migration” (abstract)


Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Gender and Sexualities Studies, University of Cincinnati
“Waves of Resistance in the Colombian Flower Industry” (abstract)

3/22 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 4: Combating Socio-political and Cultural Exclusion of Workers in the Global Economy
Chair: Ryan Lamare, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Penn State University

Participants: Devan Pillay, Associate Professor and Head of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa - “Who’s In, Who’s Out? Elite Democracy and the Disempowerment of the Working Class in South Africa”(presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Adrienne E. Eaton, Chair, Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department, Rutgers University
“Union Organizational Campaigns for Informal (or non-standard) Workers” (presentation outline) (abstract)

3/22 8:45 a.m. Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Symposium Reconvenes, Friday, March 22


Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

3/22 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 5: The Plight of Informal Workers: Diverse Forms of Organizing and Empowering
Chair: TBA

Participants: Jennifer Jihye Chun, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough
“Asian Immigrant Women Workers and the Micro-Politics of Social Movement Practice”(presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Dan Hawkins, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers’ Rights, Penn State University
“Precarious Work in a Precarious Setting: Reflections on Protecting the Rights of Informal Street Venders in Developing Country Cities”(presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Steven Toff, Law Student, Northeastern University, and Union Organizer
“The Professional Modeling Industry: A ‘Model’ for What’s Wrong with Modern Precarious Employment” (presentation outline) (abstract)

3/22

11:00 a.m. – 12:45

 

Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 6: Contingent and Precarious Work in Academia
Chair: Alan Derickson, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Penn State University

Participants: Ian Robinson, Lecturer and Research Scientist, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
“Challenging Tenure/Nontenure-track Inequalities at the University of Michigan” (presentation outline) (abstract)

 

Raymond Mazurek, Associate Professor, English, Penn State University Berks
“Whose University is it? Reflections on the Contingent Faculty Majority” (abstract)

3/22 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Panel 7: Where Do We Go From Here?
Chair: Mark Anner, Department of Labor Studies and Labor Relations, Penn State University

Participants: Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO International Department Director


Peter Evans, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University (comments)