PUBLISHED In DEVEX | DECember 8, 2022
Foundations join Biden administration's global workers' rights effort
By Stephanie Beasley
Four philanthropic organizations, including the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, or OSF, this week joined the Biden administration to formally launch a new initiative to support collective bargaining globally and “prioritize workers rights as core to democracy.”
The funders group, which also includes the U.S.-based Humanity United and Panama’s Fundación Avina, are part of the Biden administration’s Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights, or M-POWER, which was launched at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
M-POWER seeks to promote the use of collective bargaining, overhauls of labor laws and enforcement, and “free and independent” trade unions. Those things are fundamental to upholding democracy and preventing the rise of authoritarianism around the world, the foundations said, adding that progress on labor protections has stalled or eroded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before M-POWER’s launch, the foundations had committed nearly $100 million to support workers’ rights this year.
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