20th Anniversary Conference and Book Launch: Building Power For Workers In Informal Employment

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
AFL-CIO • 815 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Audience: General Public

Please join Rutgers University, the Solidarity Center, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and international worker rights advocates on November 15, 2017 to discuss a global perspective on worker organizing, as highlighted in the new book, Informal Workers and Collective Action: A Global Perspective.

About The Book

Edited by SMLR Professors Adrienne E. Eaton and Susan J. Schurman along with Martha A. Chen, Informal Workers was produced by Rutgers and WIEGO with support from the Solidarity Center. It features nine cases of collective action to improve the status and working conditions of informal workers. SMLR Professors Eaton and Schurman wrote the introduction and conclusion to the book.​​​​​ They set the stage by defining informal work and describing the types of organizations that represent the interests of informal workers and the lessons that may be learned from the examples presented in the book.

Cases from a diverse set of countries—Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Liberia, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uruguay—focus on two broad types of informal workers: "waged" workers, including port workers, beer promoters, hospitality and retail workers, domestic workers, low-skilled public sector workers, and construction workers; and self-employed workers, including street vendors, waste recyclers, and minibus drivers. SMLR Professor Janice Fine co-wrote a chapter on "Haitian Migrant Workers in the Dominican Republic." While SMLR part-time lecturers Mary Evans and Sahra Ryklief contributed chapters on "Beer Promoters in Cambodia" and "Retail and Hospitality Workers in South Africa," respectively.  

About This Event

The half-day conference and book launch are part of a day-long celebration in honor of the Solidarity Center’s 20th anniversary. Panelists will explore how workers around the world are staking a moral claim for social and economic justice: organizing, fighting for dignity at work, seeking justice in their communities and building greater equality in the global economy.

Special Guests:

• Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative, Washington 7th District
• Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

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Don't miss this celebratory event and important discussion!