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Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • http://www.globallabourrights.org/

Mission Statement

We believe that worker rights are human rights. The mission of the Institute is to promote and defend human, women's and workers' rights in the global economy. With a widespread and highly experienced team of international advocates, the Institute responds to appeals for support from exploited workers all over the developing world who produce goods for export to the U.S. The Institute undertakes in-depth research, public education and popular campaigns that empower the American people to provide support and solidarity to workers struggling to defend their most basic rights. As workers across the developing world fight for their right to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces, to earn a living wage and to organize independent unions, the Institute will provide solidarity and international visibility to support their efforts, and we will continue to demand that corporations be held legally accountable to respect core internationally recognized worker rights standards.

Service Areas

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International

The Institute is headquartered in Pittsburgh with regional offices in Dhaka and San Salvador and research/advocacy partnerships in China, Jordan, Central America and South Asia.

ruling year

1993

Director

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Mr. Charles Kernaghan

Keywords

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labor rights, sweatshops, globalization, international human rights, trade, worker rights, women, child labor, civic engagement

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EIN

13-3695377

 Number

1926324347

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Labor Unions/Organizations (J40)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Program 1

The NLC carries out its mission through several main program areas: 1) Groundbreaking research: The NLC consistently produces some of the most in-depth research anywhere in the world, documenting working conditions and wages in China, Bangladesh, Central America, Mexico and elsewhere. The NLC uses powerful video footage, photographs, internal company documents and worker testimonies to put a human face on the global economy. 2) Social movement building: Each year the NLC organizes one or more national tours of the U.S. with workers from the developing world, meeting with university and high school students and holding town hall meetings with religious, labor and community organizations. Our high profile solidarity campaigns help grow the movement, while achieving widespread media coverage and keeping the issue of child labor and sweatshop abuses on the national agenda. In the last two years, the NLC?s director has traveled over 160,000 miles, meeting with workers across the developing world and criss-crossing the U.S. to speak at 145 major student, religious, labor and community events. In these two years, there have been 533 T.V., newspaper, and radio stories covering the work of the NLC. 3) Cross border partnerships: The NLC's work is grounded in our long-standing partnerships and joint collaboration with local human, women?s and worker rights NGOs and religious organizations on the ground in the developing world. We do everything possible to sustain and help in capacity building of these organizations, which are on the front lines defending worker rights.

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Service Areas

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International

The Institute is headquartered in Pittsburgh with regional offices in Dhaka and San Salvador and research/advocacy partnerships in China, Jordan, Central America and South Asia.

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INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL LABOUR AND HUMAN RIGHTS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Director

Mr. Charles Kernaghan

BIO

Charles Kernaghan is director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (the Institute). Kernaghan first became involved in the protection of worker rights while on an international religious peace march through Central America in the mid-80s, when scores of union leaders were being assassinated.

Kernaghan joined the Institute (then National Labor Committee) in 1988 and became its director in 1991. He is perhaps best known as "the man who made Kathie Lee cry" after exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies an hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line for Wal-Mart. Kernaghan's work is widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S.

Kernaghan has testified frequently in the U.S. Congress, documenting gross worker rights violations in China, Bangladesh, Central America and Jordan, where the Institute exposed the descent of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement into the human trafficking of tens of thousands of young foreign guest workers, who were stripped of their passports and forced to work 15 hours a day, cheated on their wages, often beaten and half-starved.

Kernaghan has spoken at over 200 universities and has been featured in better than a dozen documentary films.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"We believe that worker rights are human rights. The mission of the Institute is to promote and defend human, women's and workers' rights in the global economy. With a widespread and highly experienced team of international advocates, the Institute responds to appeals for support from exploited workers all over the developing world who produce goods for export to the U.S. The Institute undertakes in-depth research, public education and popular campaigns that empower the American people to provide support and solidarity to workers struggling to defend their most basic rights. As workers across the developing world fight for their right to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces, to earn a living wage and to organize independent unions, the Institute will provide solidarity and international visibility to support their efforts, and we will continue to demand that corporations be held legally accountable to respect core internationally recognized worker rights standards."

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