SMLR Faculty Present Research, Participate at Conferences in South Africa

On December 2—3,  a group of SMLR faculty from the Labor Studies and Employment Relations department presented the preliminary results of their study, “Trade Union Responses to Representing Workers in TheSMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman Informal Economy,” at an American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The SMLR delegation was led by Acting SMLR Dean Sue Schurman and LSER department Chair Adrienne Eaton, who serve as the co-principal investigators for the ACILS-sponsored study. Professors Janice Fine, Dorothy Sue Cobble and Tracy Chang were also included in the delegation.

Professor Cobble is preparing a report on the status of women in trade unions globally and Professor Fine will participate in the second year of the study, preparing a report on the role of migration and immigration in globalization. The final report from the first year of the research will be completed by January 31, 2012. The study is sponsored by the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), who organized the conference. 

Sue Schurman, IFWEA

The group of SMLR faculty also participated in the International Workers Education Association (IFWEA)’s general conference, held on November 28—December 1 in Cape Town. They were joined by 140 delegates from all regions of the globe to participate in seminars, the adoption of resolutions to shape the next 4 years of IFWEA, and election of a new executive committee. Acting Dean Sue Schurman was reelected president of IFWEA and will serve a second, four-year term.

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SMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman ( in photo above) leads the IFWEA Conference