Covid-19 and Labor Rights in the USA, Germany & Canada

How has this pandemic challenged worker’s rights, and how are unions fighting back? | A live moderated discussion on

April 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET


The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new and urgent challenges to worker’s rights around the world. Working people, especially low-wage workers in essential jobs, have been on the front lines of the pandemic for the last year.

Join us for a live, interactive conversation that will highlight some of the ways that labor rights are under threat during the crisis, and the innovative ways that labor unions are exploring to protect vulnerable workers.

This discussion will touch on themes including health and safety, sick leave, the impact of work from home, job loss and recovery plans, and the gendered dynamic of the pandemic’s impact on workers. Speakers will also explore the opportunities and need for labor rights reforms as part of any just rebuilding package.

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  • Raoul Gebert, Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke  |  Montreal, Canada
  • Wilma B. Liebman, Former chair of the National Labor Relations Board  |  Washington DC, USA
  • Dirk Neumann, Department of Work Design and Qualification Policy, Executive Board of the German Metalworkers' Union IG Metall  |  Frankfurt, Germany


  • Sarah Morgan, Senior Government Relations Officer, International Labor Organization  |  Washington DC, USA 

Raoul Gebert is an Assistant Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. His areas of expertise include labour relations, collective bargaining, labour law, and globalization.

Wilma B. Liebman, a former Chair and Member of the National Labor Relations Board (1997-2011), presently serves as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and as chief external ethics officer for the United Automobile Workers Union.

Dirk Neumann is the head of the Work Design and Qualification Policy on the Executive Board of IG Metall, the German Metalworkers’ Union. He has a background in social policy and previously worked at the Federal Board of the German Trade Union Confederation.

Sarah Morgan is the Senior Government Relations Officer for the International Labour Organization’s Washington DC office. Prior to joining the ILO, she worked over 10 years for the US Department of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

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