TRANSATLANTIC SOCIAL DIALOGUE
AN ONGOING CROSS-NATIONAL LABOR & ACADEMIC EXCHANGE
Participants from the United States, Germany, and the offices of the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels gathered together last week at Cornell ILR School’s Worker Institute in New York City for the annual The Transatlantic Social Dialogue (TSD). Close to 40 delegates met over the course of three days to facilitate an exchange of academic and international labor perspectives.
Meeting at the Worker Institute in New York City for the first time, the TSD also boasted two public events. Thursday evening, the Worker Institute hosted a reception and panel discussion on Labor’s Agenda to Build a More Equitable New York: New Vision, New Power and a New Mayor, with notable speakers Public Advocate Letitia James, Roberta Reardon of SAG-AFTRA, James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Bob Masters from Communication Workers of America District 1. New York Daily News Columnist Juan Gonzalez moderated the event. Friday’s public event Building a Labor Movement for the 21st Century featured AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Horst Mund from IG Metall. Trumka and Mund discussed recent collaborations between the US and German trade union movements, focusing their comments on a joint strategy around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the failed UAW organizing campaign in Chattanooga. Trumka met with Labor Press beforehand. Both public events were well attended and helped to further the sharing of ideas on labor and the workforce across international lines.
The Transatlantic Social Dialogue is jointly sponsored by The Worker Institute at Cornell, the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, and the European Trade Union Institute. The New York City Central Labor Council co-sponsored Friday’s public event.
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