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Informal Economy Conference Agenda
Friday December 2, 2011
Keynote Address
Shawna Bader-Blau, Executive Director, Solidarity Center
Research Presentation: Trade Union Responses to Organizing in the Informal Economy
Rutgers University researchers
Panel Response: How are established trade unions organizing and integrating workers from outside their traditional membership and sector base?

Facilitator:
Alex Feltham, Solidarity Center
Introduction to General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi
Cathy Feingold, Director, International Department, AFL-CIO
Welcoming Remarks 
Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) 
Q&A/Plenary Discussion: All conference participants will participate in a moderated discussion to ask questions and offer comments to researchers, case study presenters, and each other 
Skill-Building Workshops: Participatory workshops to teach and share practical strategies for organizing and representing workers in the informal sector  
Panel Discussion: Building Bridges (Discussing innovative partnerships and types of organizations that bridge the gap between “formal” and “informal” sectors to secure decent work for all workers)

Facilitator: Brian Finnegan, Solidarity Center
Saturday December 3
Research Presentation: How informal economy workers across countries and sectors organize to defend their rights and improve their working conditions
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) 
Panel Response: How are grassroots organizations representing workers and relating to the formal labor movement?

Facilitator:
Lisa McGowan, Solidarity Center 
  • Myrtle Witbooi: South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union, SADSAWU, (South Africa)
  • Orlando Reyes: Union of Autonomous Workers, FENTAE; street and market vendors (Honduras)
  • Tikka Khan: Akhbaar Faroosh Federation; Newspaper Delivery Persons Federation (Pakistan)
Q&A/Plenary Discussion: Questions and comments to researchers, case study presenters, and each other
Breakout Discussions: An opportunity to debate major conference themes in depth, and share experiences/best practices
Debrief and Report Back from Workshops: Conclusions, questions, and highlights from 1st and 2nd days' break-out sessions

Facilitator: David Welsh, Solidarity Center
 
Panel: Conclusion

Facilitator: Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center
  • Adrienne Eaton, Rutgers University
  • Representative, WIEGO
Workshops and Breakout Discussions

Friday December 2

Workshop: Mapping and Power Analysis in Informal Workplaces
Al Hosinski, Solidarity Center

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Workshop: How to Develop and Advance Policy and Legislative Campaigns
Vimbai Mushongera, ZCTU (Zimbabwe) & Sonia Mistry, Solidarity Center 

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Workshop: Civic Education for Advocacy (in Spanish with English translation)
Orlando Reyes, FENTAEH (Honduras) & Stephen Wishart, Solidarity Center

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Workshop: Comparing Organizing Models and Strategies to Identify “Golden Rules” for Worker Organizing
Alejandra Ancheita, ProDESC (Mexico), Joell Molina, AFL-CIO & Lorraine Clewer, Solidarity Center

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Workshop: Building Power for Informal Workers through Civil Society Coalitions: Strong Partnerships and Reliable Alliances
Alex Feltham & Tristan Masat, Solidarity Center

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Saturday December 3

Discussion: Organizing Migrant Workers
Nadia Marin, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, NDLON (US) &
Tim Ryan, Solidarity Center

Discussion: Building Sustainable Organizations of Informal Economy Workers, Lessons from the Domestic Work Sector (in Spanish and Portuguese with English translation)
Maria Noeli dos Santos, FENTRAD (Brazil) & Brian Finnegan, Solidarity Center

Discussion: Identifying and Addressing Exclusion in Work and Worker Organizations
Alexis de Simone, Solidarity Center

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Discussion: The Politics of “Informality” and Economic Policy
Habib Rajeb, UGTT (Tunisia) & Michael Schwaabe, Solidarity Center

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Discussion: Breakout Discussion on Emerging Conference Themes and Debates
Tom Egan, Solidarity Center


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