In October and November, in cooperation with Chinese colleagues, the ALR project staff – including Project Director Ruting Chen, Program Manager Jiajing Xu and Labor Extension Coordinator May Chen – visited several cities in China. This was the Project’s third trip to China in 2015, our busiest year of travel so far!
Highlighting this trip was an international conference co-hosted by Murphy Institute and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) School of Law, focusing on “International Free Trade and Labor Standards.” SHUFE is an excellent partner for this conference since they have been assigned by the Shanghai government to be one of the think tanks dedicated to the Shanghai (China) Free Trade Zone Pilot program.Continue reading ALR Project Staff Visits Beijing, Shanghai & Chongqing→
China’s Mingde Institute of Labor Relations and CUNY’s Advancing the Field of Labor Relations (ALR) program collaborated for the second time to present a Comparative Collective Labor Disputes Conference between the U.S. and China in Changsha in April 2015. More than 40 Chinese leading scholars, local union officials, governmental arbitrators, and labor attorneys attended the conference. Many active figures in China’s labor relations field participated as speakers and discussants, including professors from Peking University, Wuhan University, Shanghai Business and Finance, Capital University of Business and Economics, China Institute of Industrial Relations, Nanjing University, Sun Yat-san University, and researchers from the local MOHRSS arbitration department from Hunan, Shanghai, Guizhou, etc. Representatives from ILO also commented at the conference.
Representing the U.S. was Diane Frey, Senior Research Consultant at CUNY ALR, who spoke on labor organizing in the U.S., and Richard Fincher, Fellow and Instructor at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, who presented on the U.S. arbitration and mediation system.
Murphy’s Advancing the Field of Labor Relations Program seeks to broaden and strengthen communications and exchanges between China and U.S. universities and unions.
www.ALRexchange.org is an English-Chinese bilingual website, developed by Murphy’s Advancing the Field of Labor Relations Program to serve as a hub of resources for both academics and practitioners in the field of Labor Relations. More than five hundred searchable bilingual bibliographies, contract languages, training materials, relevant Labor Relations articles and U.S.-China comparative curriculum materials for the study of labor relations have been posted and shared in our website. Find it on our resource page.
This past Sunday, Murphy’s ALR China team was honored by the IBEW Local 3 Asian American Cultural Society. There were 400 attendees at this annual dinner-dance in Flushing and a troupe of Chinese dragon dancers added to the festivities celebrating the Year of the Ram.
The plaque awarded to the China Project read, in part “IBEW Takes Great Pride in Recognizing Your Efforts in Broadening and Strengthening Communications and Exchanges Between Chinese and US Universities and Unions.”
Photo: Professor Lu Zhang speaks about labor conditions inside Chinese auto factories.
By Stephanie Luce
I recently returned from two weeks in China, where I participated in a scholar exchange sponsored by the American Sociology Association, Labor and Labor Movements section. The exchange was the third piece of an ongoing effort to increase communication and collaboration between Chinese and US scholars. There were 8 sociologists in our delegation, along with Katie Quan, the coordinator of the program.
We spent time in Beijing at a conference on labor relations, then meeting with union officials and organizers from worker centers. I then spent a week in Hong Kong meeting with more labor activists, as well as people involved in the Umbrella movement. I’ll report on what I learned about the labor movement here, and in a second post I will write about the Umbrella movement. Continue reading Observations From a Trip to China: Part I→
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