Labor Rights and Covid-19 in the USA

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

How has this pandemic challenged worker’s rights, and how are unions fighting back?

Labor Rights and Covid-19

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung USA & Canada is pleased to invite you to a live moderated discussion on:

April 27, 2021

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT // 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET


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

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.


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 Relations 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.

We look forward to having you join our online discussion.

Knut Panknin
Program Officer
Friedrich Ebert Foundation / Washington Office & JustJobs Network Fellow
1023 15th Street, NW
Suite 801
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202.408.5444 / Ext. 103;

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