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September 18 2008

Transatlantic Social Dialogue Meeting 2008

TSD Meeting 2008U.S. Congressman Danny Davis highlighted a forum, organized and co-sponsored by the ILR School, on May 29, 2008 in Berlin.  The event attracted an audience of about 200 and took place in conjunction with the sixth annual meeting of the Transatlantic Social Dialogue. 

TSD meeting 2008 The forum focused on a topic of great interest to Europeans: the U.S. elections.  Congressman Davis spoke on "Race in the Race," Jane McDonald-Pines of the AFL-CIO  spoke on "Labor in the Race," and ILR's Lee Adler provided commentary.  The event was chaired by Almut Wieland-Karimi of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, another co-sponsor along with the European Trade Union Institute and the Hans Böckler Foundation, and included the showing of a selection from "A More Perfect Union," Barack Obama's major speech on race in America.  The assembly provided the opening session of this year's Transatlantic Social Dialogue, held May 29-31 at a training center of the German Metalworkers Union.

The Transatlantic Social Dialogue refers to a series of annual meetings that bring together academic researchers and union leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. ILR's co-sponsorship of the 2008 Berlin conference was funded in part by a grant from ILR International Programs. ILR Professors Lowell Turner and Lee Adler have served as co-conveners of the TSD meetings since they began in 2003. To read more about this and previous TSD meetings click here.