The Global Spirit of Philadelphia

The ILO, Economic Security, Political Freedom and Labor Rights in the 21st Century

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A Public Conference and Conversation

May 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

View the recorded presentations.

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA

About the Conference

This conference honored the 70th anniversary of the International Labor Organization's 1944 Declaration of Philadelphia, which rededicated the organization to its mission of advancing the rights of workers around the world.

It featured ILO representatives, as well as nationally and internationally known labor rights advocates and brings together labor practitioners, activists, employers and scholars who are interested in strengthening dedication to international labor standards, workers' rights and well-being, and the regulation of substandard conditions of employment the world over.

Featuring

Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance  (NDWA)

Kari Tapiola, Special Advisor to the Director-General, International Labor Organization (ILO)

Dina Siddiqi, BRAC University (Dhaka, Bangladash)

Fabricio Rodriquez, Organizer, Philadelphia Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

Co-sponsors

The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY Empire State College

The Center for Global Workers' Rights, Pennsylvania State University

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. greeting and reception with coffee and continental breakfast
9 - 10:15 a.m.

Greeting:
Introduction:
Plenary Address:
Opening

Walter Licht, Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Kari Tapiola, Special Advisor to the Director-General, International Labor Organization (ILO)
Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

10:30 a.m. - noon



Chairwoman:
Panelists:


The ILO's 1944 Philadelphia Declaration in Historical Perspective
What can we learn today by revisiting the spirit of 1944 and the on-going campaign within the ILO to support meaningful and actionable labor rights for all people?

Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University
Jill Jensen, Pennsylvania State University
Charles R. Gallagher, S.J., Boston College
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara

1 - 2:30 p.m.


Chairman:
Panelists:


Labor Rights and Workers' Rights in Today's Global Economy
What do the principles and commitments of the ILO's Philadelphia Declaration mean currently?

Michael Merrill, Dean, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY Empire State College
Earl Brown, Esq., Director, Rule of Law and China Departments, Solidarity Center
Dina Siddiqi, BRAC University, Dharka, Bangladesh
Barbara Young, National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance

3 - 4:30 p.m.



Chairman:
Panelists:




Reimagining the Philadelphia Labor Movement in the 21st Century
This panel brings together some of the foremost labor scholars with contemporary labor activists from Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.

Walter Licht
, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Wentz
, president, Phildelphia branch, Committee of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Sharon McConnell Sidorick, Independent Scholar
Brishen Rogers, Esq.
, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Francis Ryan
, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
Fabricio Rodriquez
, Organizer, Philadelphia Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

4:45 - 6 p.m.




Final Plenary Session
Participants will be invited to reflect upon the significance of the earlier panels and accompanying conversations following summary remarks by Michael Merrill, Dean, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY Empire State College

Contact Jennifer.Bent@esc.edu for more information.