Date(s) - February 24, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Workers in the German and US Metalworking Sectors
Join DC LERA for a comparative labor discussion with our guest Horst Mund, Director Transnational Department of the German trade union IG Metall, and DC LERA Board members Anja Wehler-Schoeck of the German Embassy in Washington, DC, and Stephen Silvia, Professor, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.
Horst Mund is the Director of the Transnational Department of IG Metall, a German trade union representing over 2.2 million workers in multiple sectors of the economy. Mund has served in this position since May 2006. Previously, he worked for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) as Coordinator of the international trade union program (2003-2006). From 2000 to 2003, Mund was Head of Division of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) where he was responsible for Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mund graduated from the University of Göttingen, Germany with a degree in Economics.
Anja Wehler-Schoeck currently serves as Counselor at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she manages the portfolios on labor, health and drug policy as well as on social affairs and gender policy. From 2012 to 2017, Wehler-Schoeck headed the Amman Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, where she was responsible for the organization’s work in Jordan and Iraq, promoting democracy and social justice. Wehler-Schoeck is the author of several German and English language publications, including a book on women’s rights in Jordan. She holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris, France, and the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
Stephen J. Silvia is a professor of international relations and affiliate professor of economics at American University in Washington, D.C. Prof. Silvia specializes in comparative labor and employment relations, with a focus on Germany, the European Union and the United States. He is the author of Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era.
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