2015 June eBulletin

In this issue of LERA's eBulletin: June 2015

  • 67th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh was a smash hit for the 348 attendees
  • Keynote speakers draw crowds
  • New Projects from Members
  • NLRB’s Assault on Right to Work

Details:

Steven Greenhouse, who retired as New York Times labor and workplace reporter last year, was one of LERA’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners. He engaged in a lively discussion with Thomas A. Kochan (MIT) and Janice Fine (Rutgers). Here’s an In These Times Q&A with Greenhouse about the state of labor and media:

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17634/keeping_the_labor_beat_alive

Past LERA president Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt had a session on their book, Private Equity at Work. Eileen’s plan got delayed and Rosemary had to do the session solo. Appelbaum had her solo say in an article wrote for The Hill on new rules protecting retirees from risky alternative investments:

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/finance/240583-new-rules-will-protect-retirement-funds-from-risky-alternative

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and LERA president Martin Mulloy also hosted a session on their book, Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation. Joel consulted with Ford and the UAW for more than two decades. He will leave the University of Illinois where he was dean and professor of the School of Labor and Employment Relations for Brandeis University, where he will be a professor in the Heller School of Social Policy and Management. Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Mulloy are contributing a feature on the book in this fall’s Perspectives on Work practitioner magazine. Here’s the MIT Press page on the book:

https://mitpress.mit.edu/index.php?q=books/inside-ford-uaw-transformation

Native Pittsburgher Moshe Marvit, a labor attorney and writer, attended Annual Meeting sessions. Moshe is an Employment Policy Research Network researcher, a Fellow of The Century Foundation and co-author of the book Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right. Here’s an article, “How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts in the Digital Machine,” he wrote for The Nation about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk:

http://www.thenation.com/article/178241/how-crowdworkers-became-ghosts-digital-machine

See you at next year’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis May 26-29, 2016.

Further reading of interest:

General:

  • Testimony of Robert Bruno, University of Illinois, before the Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives at a Hearing Entitled, “Compulsory Unionization Through Grievance Fees: NLRB’s Assault on Right to Work” June 3, 2015 http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/testimony_-_bruno.pdf

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