The Covid-19 pandemic, digitalization, climate change, right-wing populism, and rising authoritarianism have changed the world of work.
In this 2022 edition of the GLU-Conference hosted by Penn State University, AFL-CIO, ICDD and FES, we analyze these developments and ask how we build anew our workplaces and societies based on social justice.
In GLU’s unique blend of academic work and trade union activism, we offer discussions in 7 tracks on: inclusive social protection; ending gender-based violence and racism at work; worker organizing for a just transition; organizing workers in and across the platform economy; empowering migrant workers; workers' rights under rising authoritarianism; global supply chains and joint collaboration of academics and trade unionists.
The conference will take place via Zoom and in English without translation. Some basic information about Zoom:
The Plenary Sessions on March 30 and April 5 will also be available via a public LIVESTREAM on this website. Please note that some of the Plenary Sessions will be recorded.
To participate at the conference it is mandatory to follow the two-step-process, which includes registering for the conference and creating an account at MyFES.de (see two-step process). The Zoom links and the corresponding dial-in data/passwords for the conference can be found in the Programme and Breakout Sessions sections of this website. You must be logged in at your MyFES-account to access the information (see two-step process).
Once you are logged in, you will be able to access the Papers section, where you can read all available papers and upload your own.
all plenary speakers at the 15th Global Labour University Conference (continuously being supplemented)
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Moderator: Mirko Herberg, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Tribute to Kjeld/Joao with video and remarks by Antonio Lisboa
“The Path to Power: Union Organizing in the US”
Julie Su, Deputy Secretary of Labor, USA
Roundtable with US Union Activists
Moderator: Carlos Jiménez
Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer/Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO: "Justice for All: How the AFL-CIO is Moving to Meet the Moment"
Carmen Foro, General Secretary, Unified Workers' Central (CUT), Brazil
Gabrielle Carteris, Actor and President of Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), USA
Stefanie Nutzenberger, Member of the Federal Executive Board, ver.di, Germany
Reema Nanavaty, National Coordinator, SEWA, India
Moderator: Cathy Feingold, Director International Department, AFL-CIO, USA
International Secretary of the Ukrainian Free Trade Unions
Trade union speakers:
Moderator: Rebecca Tarlau, Penn State University
* Edlira Xhafa, Track 3, Just Transition
* Uma Rani, Track 4, Platform Organizing
* Mark Anner, Track 7, Global Supply Chains
Trade union speakers:
* Kemal Ozkan, Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL
* Natalia Carrau, advisor on Labor and the Environment, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA)
* Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global
Moderator: Christoph Scherrer, University of Kassel and ICDD
Final Thank You Session
Find the Sessions Programmehere.
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