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Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Dr. Mark Anner
Center Director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

EMAIL: cgwr@psu.edu
PHONE: +1 814-865-5425
FAX: +1 814-867-4169

Center for Global Workers’ Rights

The Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR) was established in 2012 as a research center within the School of Labor and Employment Relations. It has a particular focus on vulnerable workers in precarious sectors of the global economy, such as sweatshop workers in global supply chains in the apparel and electronics sectors. It publishes research reports, funds student projects on workers’ rights, organizes scholar-practitioner exchanges, and co-hosts the Global Labour Journal. It is home to the Labour Rights Indicators, which is considered to be the most comprehensive global database on workers’ rights. The Center works in close association with the MPS program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights as part of the Global Labour University.

Recent Center news

Unionized workers on Guatemala banana plantations earn more, work fewer hours, face less sexual harassment, and have safer workplaces, including during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Center report, which is published with the Solidarity Center. (The report also is available in Spanish.) The report finds that non-unionized workers in the country’s south earn less than half the hourly pay of unionized workers in the north, while working 12 hours per week more. Thirty-nine percent of all bananas sold in the United States are produced in Guatemala.
Banana Union
The Center for Global Workers’ Rights and the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State are proud to welcome the seventh cohort of Masters of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights! The new cohort consists of nine students who bring a wealth of experience promoting labor rights across a range of geographic, industrial, and organizational contexts.