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

Global Labour University Conference participants in Washington, D.C. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Earlier this fall, Penn State's School of Labor and Employment Relations hosted the 10th Global Labour University Conference in Washington, D.C. Among the issues addressed 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 related to sweatshops, child labor, the sex trade, and slavery around the world. 

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

The Global Labour University is a consortium of five universities on five continents. Penn State's School of Labor and Employment Relations is the North American member of the consortium.

The School’s Center for Global Workers Rights organized and hosted both the Washington, D.C., and University Park conferences.  

Last Updated November 02, 2015