What makes a successful international labor solidarity campaign? Case studies from movements fighting the economic crisis

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
TWW: 3
Full Description: 

The economic crisis has hit low-wage workers the hardest, both in the US and around the world. In this workshop, we'll look at case studies of recent international labor solidarity campaigns: what has worked, what hasn't, and what have we learned both about how we organize in our home communities and how we work with international allies. We will showcase a range of strategies that activists and organizations in the US are using, such as corporate campaigns, local organizing campaigns and policy reform. In addition, we will discuss strategies for communicating our understanding that workers around the world share in a common struggle.

Each speaker will briefly present her case study. At the end of the presentations, the participants will break into small groups to engage further by developing a rough draft of how each participant could apply such a campaign to their local context.

The case studies will include:
* Local sweatfree campaigns (SweatFree Communities)
* Asia Floor Wage campaign (Jobs with Justice)
* Securicor campaign (Service Employees International Union)
* Stop Firestone campaign (International Labor Rights Forum)
* Uzbek cotton campaign (Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility)

Organizer Name: 
Timothy Newman
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
International Labor Rights Forum
Organizing a Labor Movement for the 21st Century: crisis and opportunities
International Solidarity and Responsibility: building a unified response to global crises
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