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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?

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?

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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