The International Labour Organization – USA Office, in partnership with Temple University, invites you to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Philadelphia on April 17th at two very important events.

Registration is free and all are welcome.

The Changing Nature of Work

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MBA Commons, 7th floor
Alter Hall
Temple University

Lecture series featuring two breakout sessions and remarks from Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA):

Addressing Discrimination and Inequalities in the Future of Work

Featured panelists include:
Jamie Williamson, Director of the Philadelphia office of the EEOC
Candi Singleton, VP of Diversity, Partnership Strategy, and Engagement at Twitter

What Social Contract? The Changing Definition of Employer and Worker

Featured panelists include:
Brishen Rogers, Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law (moderator)
Wilma Liebman, former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board 

Keynote speaker: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

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In Conditions of Freedom and Dignity: Realising Decent Work

April 17, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mitten Hall
Temple University

This high-level Commemorative Event will bring together key political leaders, academics, practitioners, and members of civil society to Mitten Hall at Temple University. The event will start with opening remarks by Richard M. Englert, President of Temple University and Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, followed by a moderated interactive discussion that explores the policies needed to ensure productive employment in today’s changing world of work.

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About the ILO

The ILO, created by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, is a Geneva-based United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 countries, to set labor standards such as such as hours of work, compensation and wage negotiations, social security, occupational safety and health and many other issues key to business. In 1944, the Declaration of Philadelphia not only reasserted and expanded the basic principles and goals of the ILO but further proclaimed the centrality of human rights to social policy, and the need for international economic planning. Furthermore, the Declaration stated the social objectives suggested for inclusion in the peace treaty for the end of WWII and helped guide the Atlantic Charter which was the basis for the UN.

About the Declaration of Philadelphia

The 26th session of the ILO’s International Labour Conference (ILC) was held in Mitten Hall of Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in 1944. On May 17 of the same year, the Declaration of Philadelphia was signed in the Oval Office of the White House in the presence of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Declaration sets out the key principles for the ILO’s work after the end of World War II. These include that “labour is not a commodity”, and that “all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity“.