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October 20 2005

ILR Global Labor Institute Receives Grant

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has awarded ILR's Global Labor Institute (GLI) a $75,000 grant to convene a "Global Labor Task Force on Development Alternatives."  The Institute has already received $8,000 from the Carnegie Council to fund the project's preliminaries.

Sean SweeneySean Sweeney, director of GLI based in ILR's New York metropolitan office, said, "The Task Force will consist of a group of labor-based thinkers from around the world, perhaps 12-15 in total. It will produce a "white paper" covering a range of development-related issues, some of which are not normally dealt with by unions. It is hoped that the end product will inform union policy responses to globalization, help lay out a framework for greater North-South labor unity, and be a tool for organizers and educators."

ILR's Maria Figueroa, Pamela Whitefield, and Jill Kubit will join Sweeney in working with the Task Force and oversee the production of the white paper. The effort should be completed by December 2006.