International Collective Action

International factory workers assembling clocks

In today’s global economy, the representation of workers’ interests can no longer reside only at national and local levels. As economic governance has gone global and as employers have gone multinational, so must collective representation and the promotion of strong labor standards.

The International Collective Action Initiative engages in research, conducts education and training programs, and organizes major events that bring together varied global perspectives and that help promote public discourse. This Initiative connects the international work of resident and extension faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Our work will be done in collaboration with labor, business, non-governmental agencies, government, and other universities and research institutes.

Work Includes

  • Transatlantic Social Dialogue – in its tenth year, this annual forum draws 40 to 50 labor researchers and trade unionists from both sides of the Atlantic. Read news stories on this event from 2012 and 2013.
  • Mobilizing Against Inequality (PDF, 367 KB) - a four-year research study of immigrant workers and unions in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France.
  • New project on workers' rights and the effective management in global supply chains - a joint project with Cornell's Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
  • Global Labor Institute's Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) initiative.


Lance Compa,
Lowell Turner,