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Schedule

See the pdf files to the right for full details of each day of the conference, including presenters in the break-out sessions.

Conference registrants: Click on the Paper Sessions and Mixed Paper/Speaker Sessions to access drafts of the academic papers that will be presented in those sessions.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9th

    • 1:00-3:00 pm

      STRATEGIC CORPORATE RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS ON
      TARGET COMPANIES
      • Alcoa
        Presenters: Tom Juravich and Cullen Carns-Hilker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US
      • Bouygues
        Presenter: Robert Masciola, AFL-CIO, US
      • Exxon-Mobil
        Presenter: Joe Drexler, USW, US
      • Kraft Foods
        Presenters: Ray Scannell, BCTGM, US; Dan Lutz, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US
      • Sanofi Aventis
        Presenter: Keith Romig, USW, US
      • Siemens
        Presenter: Rob Hickey, Queens University, Canada
      • SSA Marine
        Presenters: Rhonda Evans, University of California at Berkeley, US; Peter Olney, ILWU, US
      • Starwood
        Presenter: Jeff Hilgert, Cornell ILR, US and Chris Schenk, Ontario Federation of Labour, Canada
      • Suez
        Presenter: Jennifer Gerbasi, Cornell University, US
      • Wal-Mart
        Presenters: Aaron Brenner, Cornell ILR, US; Joey Hipolito, UFCW, US
    • 3:00-4:00 pm

      BREAK
    • 3:30-5:45 pm

      OPENING PLENARY (SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION)
      • Global Campaigns, Global Unions: The Possibility and Challenges of Cross-Border Campaigns
      • Chair:
      • Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director Labor Education Research, Cornell ILR School, US
      • Speakers:
      • Harry Katz, Dean, Cornell ILR School, US
      • Guy Ryder, General Secretary, ICFTU, Belgium
      • Richard Trumka, Secretary Treasurer, AFL-CIO, US
      • Harris L. Raynor, International Vice President, Director Southern Regional Joint Board, UNITE HERE, US
      • Berta Lujan, Comptroller of Mexico City with the PRD Administration and former National Coordinator, Authentic Labor Front (FAT), Mexico
      • Cedric Gina, Second Vice President, NUMSA, South Africa
    • 6:00-9:00 pm

      RECEPTION, AT UNITE-HERE HALL
      • 31 West 15th Street (transportation provided)
        Hosted by UNITE HERE
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  • Friday, Feb. 10th

    • 8:15-10:00 am

      PLENARY (SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION)
      • Strategic Corporate Research and Cross-Border Campaigns
      • Chair:
      • Tom Juravich, Professor and Director, Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US
      • Speakers:
      • Meg Casey, Director of Strategic Research, CTW, US
      • Tribute to former USW president George Becker with Jim Robinson, USW, US and representatives from the Bridgestone/Firestone campaign:
      • Pedro Wasiejko, General Secretary, SUTNA, Argentina
      • Kemal Ozcan, International Department, Union of Lastik-Is, Turkey
    • 10:00-10:30 am

      BREAK
    • 10:30-12:30 am

      PAPER, PANEL, AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
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      • I.
        1. The Changing Global Environment for Cross-Border Campaigns
        2. Union Cross-Border Initiatives in the Auto, Metal and Mining Industries
        3. Organizing and Bargaining in the Global Logistics Industry
        4. Challenging Multinationals on Different Fronts: Labor-Community Alliances and Corporate Accountability in Colombia
        5. Employment Relations, Unions and MNCs in the Global Retail Supermarket Sector
        6. International Framework Agreements
        7. European Union Response to a Changing MNC Environment
        8. Fighting the Commodification of Food: Via Campesina Takes On Monsanto
        9. Global Organizing: The Experience of the IUF
        10. Global Unionism in the Information Age: Information Communication Technologies and Effective Bargaining
        11. International Migration of Health Care Workers
        12. Cross-Border Campaigns in the Entertainment Industry
    • 12:30-2:00 pm

      LUNCH BREAK
    • 2:00-4:00 pm

      PAPER, PANEL, AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
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      • II.
        1. Special Challenges to Transnational Solidarity
        2. Auto Unions in the NAFTA Environment
        3. Unions’ Cross-Border Responses in the Transportation Sector
        4. Building Global Connections: Canadian Steelworkers and Trade Unionists in the Global South
        5. The Challenges of Cross-Border Campaigns in Asia
        6. Global Campaigning with Workers Capital: The Role of Socially Responsible Finance
        7. Globalization and Cross-Border Campaigns: The Russian Experience
        8. Justice@Quebecor: The Anatomy of a Global Strategic Campaign
        9. The Anti-Sweatshop Movement: How Can We Make Gains Sustainable?
        10. The Question of Education in Global Campaigns
        11. Strategic Corporate Research
        12. Global Organizing in Apparel, Retail, and Distribution Sector
    • 4:00-4:30 pm

      BREAK
    • 4:30-6:30 pm

      PAPER, PANEL, AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
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      • III.
        1. MNCs, NGOs and Unions
        2. Bargaining and Organizing in the Global Auto Industry
        3. Organizing in the Electronics Sector
        4. Great Air Campaigns, Limited Results on the Ground: Latin American Experiences
        5. Unions, MNCs and China
        6. Global Campaigning with Workers Capital II: Learning from Global Campaigns
        7. European Cross-Border Initiatives
        8. Thailand: Challenges and Opportunities in Organizing Workers in a Regional Economic Powerhouse
        9. Global Union Strategies in the Context of Worker Mobility and Temporary Labor Markets
        10. The Role of Media in Global Comprehensive Campaigns
        11. Concentration in the Global Agri-food Industry: Market Share Data and the Implications of Oligopoly Power
        12. Global Challenges of Public Sector Privatization
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  • Saturday, Feb. 11th

    • 8:30-10:30 am

      PAPER, PANEL, AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
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      • IV.
        1. The New Global Business Model and the Fight Against It
        2. Global Workforce Dynamics in the Aerospace Industry
        3. Developments in the International Postal Industry, Their Impact on Workers and Public Services, and the Response of Postal Unions
        4. Unions and MNCs in Latin America and the Caribbean
        5. Cross-Border Organizing in India
        6. Global Union Federations and International Framework Agreements: Perspectives from Different Sectors
        7. United We Stand? Do Global Unions Make Sense?
        8. Cross-Border Organizing on the Chevron Clean-Up Ecuador Campaign
        9. Learning Around Globalization - A Critical Exchange
        10. Wal-Mart and the Cinema of Globalization
        11. MNCs, Cross-Border Campaigns and the IT Sector
        12. Global Organizing in the Private Security Industry
    • 10:30-11:00 am

      BREAK
    • 11:00-1:00 pm

      TARGET COMAPANY STRATEGY SESSIONS
      • Alcoa
        Facilitators: Rob Johnston, IMF, Switzerland; Jim Robinson, USW, US
      • Bouygues
        Facilitator: Marion Hellmann, IFBWW, Switzerland
      • Exxon-Mobil
        Facilitator: Joe Drexler, USW, US
      • Kraft Foods
        Facilitators: Ron Oswald, IUF, Switzerland
      • Sanofi Aventis
        Facilitator: Dick Blin, ICEM, Belgium; Jean-Francois Renucci, FCE-CFDT, France
      • Siemens
        Facilitator: Wolfgang Müller, IG Metall, Germany
      • SSA Marine
        Facilitator: Peter Olney, ILWU, US; Stuart Howard, ITF, UK
      • Suez
        Co-Facilitators: Steve Fantauzzo, AFSCME, US and David Boys, PSI, France
      • Wal-Mart
        Facilitator: Bill McDonough, UFCW, US
    • 1:00-2:30 pm

      LUNCH BREAK
    • 2:30-4:30 pm

      CLOSING PLENARY (SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION)
      • Where Do We Go From Here: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Campaigns
      • Chair:
      • Kenneth Zinn, Director, Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO, US
      • Speakers:
      • Ron Oswald, General Secretary, IUF, Switzerland
      • Neide Fonseca, President, Inter-American Trade Union Institute to Promote Racial Equality (INSPIR), & Secretary of Social Policy, CNB/CUT National Confederation of Bank Workers, Brazil
      • Chang, Hsu-chung, President, CTWU, Chunghwa Telecom Workers Union, Taiwan
      • Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
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