2020 GLJ - ILRF Online Labor Rights Defenders Awards Ceremony


Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

For the last eleven years, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards ceremony has brought together leaders and activists from the labor movement along with allies from the women's, migrant, human rights and social movements. Together and stronger than ever as Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), we are looking forward to the 2020 GLJ - ILRF Labor Rights Defenders Awards Ceremony where we will honor and uplift those on the front lines of transforming the global economy and fight for labor justice globally. 

We can't for you to join us in celebrating these incredible leaders and organizations! Please register to attend the event and support if you are able to here.


International Workers’ Day: Farmworkers Demand Justice in Honduras


Friday, May 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

On May Day – International Workers’ Day – hear from farmworkers and trade unionists in Honduras who are fighting for justice on the farms of multinational corporation Fyffes, the number one supplier of melons to the U.S. market. Melon pickers are “essential workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic and yet the billion-dollar Fyffes corporation refuses to give them face masks and gloves, and has not implemented any social distancing on overcrowded company buses.

Webinar: Snapshots of Organizing Across Asia


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 9:00pm

Labor Notes and the International Labor Rights Forum are co-hosting a webinar on October 17 at 9:00 p.m. EST on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations. 

What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize?

These are some of the questions we hope to discuss with activists from Japan, Myanmar, and the Philippines. 

Labor Notes Regional Conference: Building International Solidarity and Defending Labor Activists in Asia


Friday, August 16, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, August 18, 2019 (All day)

Across Asia, multinational corporations are pushing an agenda of outsourcing, subcontracting, and short-term contracts to minimize their responsibility for labor rights violations and to keep out independent, democratic unions. Throughout the region, millions of migrant workers have few legal protections and face precarious employment and unsafe positions. Migrant fishers and domestic workers frequently face not only institutional discrimination, but also sometimes physical abuse and sexual harassment at the hands of their employers.

2019 Labor Rights Defenders Awards


Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Our awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists, and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work. We honor trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability. 

The Jasic Conflagration: Assessing the State of Labor Politics in China


Friday, April 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This symposium will explore the context, causes, and consequences of the Jasic conflict, perhaps China’s most politically consequential labor movement of the decade. A variety of speakers will draw out how the incident has implicated so many social actors - students, feminists, leftists, NGOs, and lawyers - and to think about what this case reveals about shifting politics in the Xi era. Given the intensity and breadth of the crackdown, we will also reflect on possibilities for advancing labor rights in this newly repressive environment.

Preliminary Schedule