Center for Global Workers' Rights

Studying and Promoting Workers’ Rights in the Time of Corona

Studying and Promoting Workers’  Rights in the Time of Corona

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, it exposes and intensifies deep-seated inequalities, with pressing implications for workers’ rights. Here at the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, we are tracking these developments closely, even as many of our immediate plans have been disrupted.

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Center Director Mark Anner Publishes Report on Impacts of Covid-19 on Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Center Director Mark Anner Publishes Report on Impacts of Covid-19 on Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Center Director, Mark Anner, associate professor of labor and employment relations at Penn State, has published the results of a recent study that found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, some global retailers are refusing to pay millions of factory workers, most of whom are women in developing countries, for work they have already completed.

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Center for Global Workers’ Rights Symposium Postponed

Center for Global Workers’ Rights Symposium Postponed

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 10: The symposium has been postponed until further notice due to rising cases of the Coronavirus.

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Spotlight Shines on Dr. Jinyoung Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Spotlight Shines on Dr. Jinyoung Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Dr. Jinyoung (Jini) Park, who holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University, joined CGWR in August 2018. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the roles of international actors in building industrial relations systems in Myanmar and Cambodia. In contrast to conventional Industrial Relations (IR) theories,

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Spotlight Shines on Dr. Catherine Bowman, Assistant Research Professor of Labor and Employment Relations

Spotlight Shines on Dr. Catherine Bowman, Assistant Research Professor of Labor and Employment Relations

Dr. Catherine (Cate) Bowman joined the center in August 2019. Her research focuses on structural inequality as produced through the U.S. immigration system. Her dissertation – “Flexible Workers, Fissured Workplaces: Cultural Exchange for Hire in an Era of Precarious Labor” – links sociological, legal, and labor studies approaches

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Dr. Rebecca Tarlau Publishes Book on the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)

Dr. Rebecca Tarlau Publishes Book on the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)

Over the past 35 years the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the largest social movements in Latin America, has become famous globally for its success in occupying land, winning land rights, and developing alternative economic enterprises for more than a million landless workers

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New Research Project Receives Grant, Studies Digital Organizing

New Research Project Receives Grant, Studies Digital Organizing

In July 2019, the Center for Global Workers’ Rights started a new research project directed by Assistant Professor Katherine Maich and Research Affiliate Paolo Marinaro, in collaboration with Argentinian independent researcher and artist based in New York City, Sol Aramendi.

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Center Publishes Study on Indian Garment Workers and Global Supply Chains

Center Publishes Study on Indian Garment Workers and Global Supply Chains

The majority of workers in India’s garment export sector do not earn an income that covers their basic needs, are forced to work overtime hours (which are often unpaid), and face verbal abuse at work.

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Center Organizes “Women Workers in Struggle” Film Festival

Center Organizes “Women Workers in Struggle” Film Festival

On Feb 15 and 16, 2020, CGWR hosted a film festival titled “Women Workers in Struggle: Organizing for Voice and Power around the Globe” at Foster Auditorium.

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Center Hosts Visiting Scholars from Spain and Poland

Center Hosts Visiting Scholars from Spain and Poland

In the fall of 2019, the Center hosted two visiting scholars, who gave presentations, collaborated on research projects, and participated in classes and Center events.

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