School of Labor and Employment Relations organizes global conference on workers' rights

From September 30 to October 2, the LER School hosted the Tenth Global Labour University Conference in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the AFL-CIO.   The Conference was attended by 226 scholars, students, government and nongovernmental organizations, and labor leaders from 44 countries, including Nepal, Moldova, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Brazil.  Among the issues discussed during the Conference were strategies for addressing workers rights abuses in a range of industries around the world, the problem of global income equality, and the adverse impacts of international trade agreements on workers.   Sessions were also held on sweatshops, child labor, the sex trade, and slavery around the world. 

Many of the conference participants then traveled to University Park for additional sessions held on campus from October 4-7.  These sessions allowed participants from around the world to discuss common workplace problems and potential strategies for addressing these problems.

The Global Labour University (GLU) is a consortium of five universities on five continents.  Countries represented are Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and the U.S.  Penn State's School of LER is the North American member of the consortium.

The School of LER's Center for Global Workers Rights (CGWR) organized and hosted both the Washington DC and University Park conferences.  For more info, contact the CGWR Director, Professor Mark Anner at