The Future of Work and Unions in the Americas

Thursday, April 13, 2023
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
108 Chambers Building
The Future of Work and Unions in the Americas


Across the Americas, workers are confronting challenges linked to deindustrialization and widening economic inequalities, including the rise of radical, neo-authoritarian political movements and the decline of traditional forms of political representation, environmental degradation and climate change, and the lack of effective public policies to guarantee care and social protection for all. In response, they are experimenting with new forms of organizing, coalition building, and public policy advocacy.

In this seminar, held in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR) Symposium, labor leaders and scholar-activists from the United States, Mexico and Brazil will discuss how the labor movement in North and South America is envisioning the future of work in the face of these systemic crises. They will also discuss what organized labor is doing to promote sustainable and equitable development, tax justice to ensure adequate funding for public services, and the creation of a robust care infrastructure for workers and their families.


Cathy Feingold, International Department Director, AFL-CIO, United States

Jocelio Drummond, Regional Secretary for the Americas, Public Services International (PSI), Brazil

Mary Goldsmith, Professor of Women’s Studies, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico


Manuel Rosaldo, Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State

108 Chambers Building