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Mary GattaRead an op-ed by Mary Gatta (CUNY) “Florida black women who are essential workers are economically insecure” in the Florida Courier.

https://aauw-fl.aauw.net/files/2020/04/Florida-Black-Women-Report-Exec-Summary-Final-3.23.20-compressed.pdf

It’s based on her Florida AAUW report “Working Black Women in Florida and Economic Insecurity: A Story of Gender and Racial Inequality” :

https://flcourier.com/florida-black-women-who-are-essential-workers-are-economically-insecure/

Jasmine KerrisseyJasmine Kerrissey and the UMass.-Amherst Labor Center faculty edited the book, Labor in the Time of Trump. Kerrissey and her colleagues will write an article about the book in LERA’s Perspectives on Work, out this fall.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7591/j.ctvq2w329

David WeilRead David Weil’s (Brandeis) Los Angeles Times op-ed “How to determine if a business is COVID-19 safe? Create a restaurant-style grading system.”

“Governments would need to provide and enforce specific workplace safety and health standards for businesses in different sectors — such as retail establishments, restaurants and personal-service providers — that would protect workers and customers.”

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-06-09/restaurant-grade-ratings-covid-19-businesses

Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner’s (Minnesota) child care research is cited in the Center for American Progress’ “The Coronavirus will make child care deserts worse and exacerbate inequality.” He and his fellow researchers also introduced an interactive map showing child care deserts.

From the article: “A 2018 CAP analysis found that more than half of American families with young children live in a child care desert — defined as a census tract with more than three children under age 5 for every licensed child care slot.”

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/reports/2020/06/22/486433/coronavirus-will-make-child-care-deserts-worse-exacerbate-inequality/

Dani RodrikRead Dani Rodrik’s (Harvard) “Globalisation after COVID-19: My Plan for a Rewired Planet” in Prospect magazine (UK).

“The virus confirms that the world needs rules for living together — but not the arbitrary rules we've got. For the good of the economy as much as anything else, the focus must shift from investment and trade to public health and the climate.”

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/dani-rodrik-globalisation-trade-coronavirus-who-imf-world-bank

Joseph McCartinJoseph McCartin (Georgetown and #BargainingfortheCommonGood) is quoted in The Forge.

“Bargaining for the common good as racial justice” from The Forge. “It’s time for traditional labor organizations, newer worker organizations and the broader racial justice movement to link together to bring in a radically new economic and social order.”

https://forgeorganizing.org/article/bargaining-common-good-racial-justice

Kimberly ClaussingKimberly Clausing (Reed College) is quoted in the L.A. Times article, “How Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs will make coronavirus recession worse.” 

“What was really holding back investment wasn’t cash constraints of companies that were paying too much taxes, but was rather this overall weakness in demand.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-05-19/trumps-tax-cuts-trade-wars-economy-coronavirus-recession

Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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Submit your paper to the LERA/ILR Review Best Papers (up to 10,000 words, deadline is July 19) to be considered for publication in the ILR Review. If you presented at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. Papers should follow the ILR Review submission guidelines found here. Paper submissions should be uploaded here.

Save the Date! [email protected] 2021, January 3-5, 2021. We were just informed by the AEA/ASSA that this meeting will be virtual. We will share information on what this will look like as it is shared with us. The LERA session listing can be reviewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp.

Submit a session (or paper proposal) to the LERA Program Committee by November 15, 2020; here is more info: Call-for-Proposals-2021-Detroit-Final.pdf. The LERA 73rd Annual Meeting "A Tranformational Moment? Work, Worker Power and the Workplace in an Era of Division and Disruption" will happen June 2-6, 2021 in Detroit, MI! 

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Chapter News
10/14/20 - NorCal LERA plans ... COVID-19 permitting ... to host an inaugural dinner event with national LERA officers this October to officially re-launch the NorCal LERA chapter. Registration is requested.
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  • Read “White House wants stimulus by August recess with $1 trillion cap” in Bloomberg News (Site registration required).

    “President Donald Trump and senior White House officials have said a payroll tax cut, liability reform, tax incentives for businesses to adapt to the pandemic and a potential back-to-work bonus are priorities for the administration.”

  • Watch the PBS Newshour June 11 Making Sen$e segment, “Pandemic highlights the extra hardships faced by black business owners.”

    “Normally … you go to business school, they said, you need a business plan. You need six months of revenue. You need six months of payroll. The average black business starts with about $1,500 and a couple halfway credit cards and a dream.”

  • Read “Congress pressed to rescue struggling Black-owned businesses” in Politico. A bipartisan proposal by Sens. Steve Daines and Cory Booker would make $50 billion in grants available for the smallest businesses and nonprofits.

    “Black-owned businesses are more likely to hire Black workers, offering a crucial source of jobs for a population whose unemployment rate has historically been roughly double that of white Americans, even in a strong economy.”

  • Read “The U.S. job market is still in very bad shape. Just wait until the fiscal time bomb goes off.” in the Washington Post.

    “Already, states and localities have laid off about 1.5 million employees since the pandemic began. Unless federal aid comes through soon, huge new public-sector layoffs and service cuts can be expected in the months ahead, followed by knock-on job losses in the private sector.” — Catherine Rampell

  • Read “A fair wage and ownership for immigrants” in the New York Times.

    Can a sophisticated platform cooperative help minimize exploitative working conditions in the gig economy, even during the pandemic?
  • Read “Reimagining the workplace: What we know and where we’re going” in D News.

    “Here’s the bottom line: 44 percent do not want to work from home, 44 percent would embrace a flexible combination of office work and work from home, and just 12 percent would choose to continue to work from home full-time.”
  • Read “European Workers Draw Paychecks. American Workers Scrounge for Food” in the New York Times. In the pandemic, the United States has relied on expanded unemployment benefits, while European governments have subsidized wages, avoiding a surge in joblessness.

    The pandemic “exposes the fact that we have a system problem,” said Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist. “A system where 50 percent of the people are on the edge is not a resilient system.”
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Congratulate the 2020 LERA Award Winners.
These awards were conferred with the LERA 71st Annual Meeting Virtually. Congratulations to all of the 2020 LERA award recipients, individuals and LERA Chapters; you are doing great work to advance the field of LER! Details can be found here: https://connect.leraweb.org/72ndannualmeeting/features/award-winners

Steven GreenhouseSteven Greenhouse writes about “How police-union power helped increase abuses” about the past, present and future of police unions in The New Yorker.

Randi Weingarten (American Federation of Teachers) and Joseph McCartin (Georgetown, #Bargaining for the Common Good) are quoted. McCartin: “Ultimately, if we are members of our community, we have to hold ourselves to a standard of treating people respectfully and decently, and misconduct has no place in that.” 

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-police-union-power-helped-increase-abuses

Susan HousemanWatch Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute) being interviewed on the PBS News hour about job sharing during the COVID-19 crisis on May 24.

“The causes of the recession. We're not economic in nature. There's a health pandemic. And what ideally we'd like to do is to hold things in place as we get better control of the virus ramp up as quickly as possible. There is not a fundamental restructuring that needs to be done in the economy.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/work-share-programs-help-some-businesses-avoid-layoffs

Lance CompaLance Compa (Cornell) was one of the leaders of the preparation and release of new “Four major civil society groups release Dispute Resolution System and Model Arbitration Clauses for Disputes Arising Under Enforceable Brand Agreements” on the International Labor Rights Forum website.

“Led by international law and labor law scholars, Lance Compa and Katerina Yiannibas, the Clauses draw from leading international arbitration rules and existing supply-chain agreements negotiated by trade unions, labor rights NGOs and brands.”

https://laborrights.org/sites/default/files/docs/%20Model%20Arbitration%20Clauses%20for%20the%20Resolution%20of%20Disputes%20under%20Enforceable%20Brand%20Agreements.pdf

Bruce KaufmanA virtual symposium was held on June 17 honoring the contributions of long-time LERA member Bruce Kaufman (Georgia State University) and featured presentations by John Kelly, Dionne Pohler (Toronto), Mark Bray, David Lewin (UCLA), and Daphne Taras (Ryerson), as well as remarks by Tom Kochan (MIT).

This symposium was organized by John Budd, Rafael Gomez, and Daphne Taras as part of the 10th International Labour and Employment Relations Association Regional Congress of the Americas.

Here’s an edited video: https://youtu.be/rgFx74QXEfo

John BuddJohn Budd (Minnesota) gives advice to employers-managers on how to make working from home productive and comfortable for workers in Tech Republic.

"Make sure you give them the autonomy to be successful in ways that fit with the unique rhythms of their home life. Stay away from electronic monitoring and surveillance. And listen to their voices to find mutually-acceptable solutions to concerns, problems, and challenges through open dialogue."

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/mental-health-awareness-month-highlights-struggles-of-working-from-home-during-pandemic/
Ofer SharoneOfer Sharone (UMass. Amherst) is quoted in the Washington Post column “The jobs won’t be back. Democrats must act accordingly.”

“I am worried when the later stage comes, we will also lose all political ability to legislate for any kind of support for unemployed workers.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/08/jobs-wont-be-back-democrats-must-act-accordingly
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13 - 16, 2020 is complete. Thank you to all who put the program together, spoke, sponsored, presented, and otherwise contributed to make our first ever virtual meeting a success. We will have recordings available to attendees very soon, we appreciate your patience! Look for coverage in the LERA Perspectives on Work, mailed to all members in November.

Mark your calendars now for the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, June 2-6, 2021 in Detroit, MI!

Publish in the LERA 2020 Proceeding (up to 30 pages, deadline is June 27) If you presented or filled the role of discussant at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, consider publishing in the LERA 2020 Proceedings. Find the Author Guidelines for 2020 here, and the Paper Upload form here. You can submit a single paper to both LERA Proceedings and the LERA/ILR Review Best Papers ... as long the versions are substantively different.

Submit your paper to the LERA/ILR Review Best Papers (up to 15 pages, deadline is July 15) to be considered for publication in the ILR Review. If you presented at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. Find the Author Guidelines for 2020 here, and the Paper Upload form here. You can submit a single paper to both the LERA/ILR Review Best Papers and the LERA Proceedings ... as long the versions are substantively different.

Save the Date! [email protected] 2021, January 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. As of now, this conference is planned to be in-person. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Session listing can be reviewed herehttp://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
10/14/20 - NorCal LERA plans ... COVID-19 permitting ... to host an inaugural dinner event with national LERA officers this October to officially re-launch the NorCal LERA chapter. Registration is requested.

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Congratulate the 2020 LERA Award Winners.
These awards were conferred with the LERA 71st Annual Meeting Virtually. Congratulations to all of the 2020 LERA award recipients, individuals and LERA Chapters; you are doing great work to advance the field of LER! Details can be found here: https://connect.leraweb.org/72ndannualmeeting/features/award-winners
Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner (Minnesota) is quoted in The Hill article, “Job losses approach Depression territory as election looms. “Reopening shouldn't depend on which "business owner is most desperate for cash or worker's family is most desperate for cash & health insurance. If we're allowing that to drive decisions, we're going to end up making the public health crisis worse."

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/economy/496905-job-losses-approach-depression-territory-as-election-looms

Heidi ShierholzHeidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) is quoted in the Washington Post article, “Soaring joblessness could shake U.S. economy, politics for years.”“There are massive economic consequences to layoffs. You can have a really long-lasting negative impact on earnings.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/08/jobs-coronavirus-unemployment-economy-politics/

Arne KallebergArne Kalleberg (North Carolina) is quoted and his book Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democraciesis cited in “Essential Jobs, Disposable Workers” in the New Republic. A decades-long surge in low-wage jobs has left millions of Americans struggling to make a living even as they hold the country together.

https://newrepublic.com/article/157334/essential-jobs-disposable-grocery-workers-coronavirus

Kimberly ClaussingListen to Kimberly Clausing (Reed College) discuss her book, The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration and Global Capital, with Stanford economist Russ Roberts on the EconTalk podcast.

https://www.econtalk.org/kimberly-clausing-on-open-and-the-progressive-case-for-free-trade/
Anne CaseFrom The New York Times: “America Can Afford a World-Class Health System. Why Don’t We Have One?” by Anne Case and Angus Deaton (Princeton and Southern California). They are authors of Deaths of Despair. “Our system takes from the poor and working class to generate wealth for the already wealthy.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opinion/covid-inequality-health-care.html
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
Get Involved

The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13 - 16, 2020 is underway. Thank you to all who have helped make this virtual platform successful! View the program here: http://www.leraoffice.org/php/program.php. The conference site can be found here: https://connect.leraweb.org/72ndannualmeeting/home.

Visit the Exhibitor page for the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting on it's virtual platform (this is not limited to registered attendees)!
https://connect.leraweb.org/72ndannualmeeting/features/exhibitors

Publish in the LERA 2020 Proceeding (deadline is June 27) If you are presenting or filling the role of discussant at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, consider publishing in the LERA 2020 Proceedings. Find the Author Guidelines for 2020 here, and the Paper Upload form here. You can submit a single paper to both LERA Proceedings and the LERA/ILR Review Best Papers ... as long the versions are substantively different (up to 15 pages for one submission, and up to 30 pages for the other).

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
6/17/20 - Chicago LERA presents "The 2019 Chicago Teachers Strike: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" virtually from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Register at their website to get access. The 2019 Chicago Teachers Strike was a watershed event in Chicago labor relations history, and its implications continue to be felt throughout Chicago and beyond. The panelists were extensively involved in the 2019 CTU/CPS contract negotiations, the strike, and its resolution. Please join Chicago LERA for an insightful “insider” discussion of the dynamics of CTU/CPS labor relations, and the lessons learned (and possibly unlearned) as a result of 2019 collective bargaining.

06/25/20 Detroit Area LERA presents "Steve Schwartz Speaks" as webinar in place of their typical breakfast meeting. You can find details and book your seat (available to all at no charge) at their website here.

6/26/20 - Connecticut Valley LERA is offering a lunch and learn presentation at no charge to LERA members and attendees on "What is the Virtual of Virtual Hearings?" The panelists will discuss benefits and pitfalls of holding a hearing virtually including logistics, witness handling, entering physical evidence and more. Registration is required.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith ([email protected]).
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The May 20 LERA Covid-19 webinar: The meatpacking industry in COVID-19. Steven Greenhouse (New York Times ret.) moderator. Mark Lauritsen, United Food and Commercial Workers union. A former meatpacker. “We can’t continue to sacrifice health of workers. They deserve every protection they can get. In our union family, 3,500 workers have been infected and 35 have died. Government hasn’t its done its job. The Centers for Disease Control cost us time and lives, OSHA failed at making workplaces safe. Standards mean nothing if you don’t have enforcement.”


On May 28, Robert Bruno (Illinois) moderated the LERA Covid-19 webinar, “Building America Safely: Covid-19 and the Construction Industry.” Panelists: Dale Belman, Chris Cain, Dan Allen, Mike Crawford and Neil Parish. Parish comments ""There are going to be bumps in the road. We've come up with creative labor relations solutions with the IBEW." Allen "With Covid-19, now more than ever union-management collaboration is important. Together we've  worked to make job sites safe."


Recordings, commentary, files, and discussion boards for each are available at leraweb.org on the COVID-19 webpage and here on the new C-3 site

2 complimentary COVID-19 webinars left, register at https://lera.memberclicks.net/covid19-webinars.

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Heather BousheyHeather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) is quoted in the Associated Press article “Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?”

https://apnews.com/06bc980d01efba6f1252ad042ea7d29b
Virginia DoellgastVirginia Doellgast (Cornell) is quoted in the New York Times article on the time of COVID-19 “Amazon’s Showdown in France Tests Its Ability to Sidestep Labor.” “Amazon will work with unions when required by law, said who studies international labor. “’They cooperate where they have to.’” 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/technology/amazon-unions-france-coronavirus.html

Heidi ShierholzHeidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) is quoted in this New Yorker story, “How Will We Reopen the Economy After the Coronavirus Crisis.”  She is quoted in the story saying “while the U.S. government had taken some steps toward alleviating the damage, it hasn’t done nearly enough."
https://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/how-will-we-reopen-the-economy-after-the-coronavirus-crisis


She’s also quoted in the New York Times article “As Job Losses Mount, Lawmakers Face a Make-or-Break Moment.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/09/business/as-job-losses-mount-lawmakers-face-a-make-or-break-moment.html
Paul ClarkPaul Clark (Penn State) is quoted in the Politico story, “They are angry: Pandemic and economic collapse slam Trump across Rust Belt.
 
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/coronavirus-economic-collapse-rust-belt-trump-259657
Adan Seth LitwinAdam Seth Litwin (Cornell) wrote an op-ed “Our hospitals' outsourced janitors make us all sicker” in The Hill.Contracted cleaners tend to be underpaid, undertrained, and detached from the core work hospitals must undertake during a pandemic.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/496040-our-hospitals-outsourced-janitors-make-us-all-sicker#.XrnFg5U9DqF.twitter
Teresa GhilarducciEconomic Policy Institute research is cited and Teresa Ghilarducci (New School) is quoted in “Millions of baby boomers are getting caught in the country’s broken retirement system” in the Washington Post. “We’re going to see a lot of disruption — political and economic,” Ghilarducci said. “There is nothing that will slow down the desperation of older workers.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/04/baby-boomers-retirement/
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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There are 2 webinars left in the complimentary series "Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic" and you are invited to attend. Please check the website to make sure you are registered! To view the topics and to register, visit: https://lera.memberclicks.net/covid19-webinars

View the updated virtual program for the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13 - 16, 2020 here: http://www.leraoffice.org/php/program.php. Full details and registration for the conference can be found here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg. Sessions have been shortened to 60 minutes each and each day will begin at about 11 am ET (New York time). Committee meetings will take place on the pre-conference, Friday, June 12, 2020.

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
6/2/20 - New Jersey LERA along with the LERA National Chapter Advisory Council, the LERA Membership Committee, and the LERA Dispute Resolution Interest Section, is organizing Virtual ADR from A to Z. This training will walk through how to setup, manage, and conduct an arbitration remotely using Zoom technology. This event is open to all, but deeply discounted for both National and Chapter members. https://lera.memberclicks.net/virtual-adr
6/17/20 - Chicago LERA presents "The 2019 Chicago Teachers Strike: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" virtually from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Register at their website to get access. The 2019 Chicago Teachers Strike was a watershed event in Chicago labor relations history, and its implications continue to be felt throughout Chicago and beyond. The panelists were extensively involved in the 2019 CTU/CPS contract negotiations, the strike, and its resolution. Please join Chicago LERA for an insightful “insider” discussion of the dynamics of CTU/CPS labor relations, and the lessons learned (and possibly unlearned) as a result of 2019 collective bargaining.
6/26/20 - Connecticut Valley LERA is offering a lunch and learn presentation at no charge to LERA members and attendees on "What is the Virtual of Virtual Hearings?" The panelists will discuss benefits and pitfalls of holding a hearing virtually including logistics, witness handling, entering physical evidence and more. Registration is required.
LERA Chapter Presidents are invited to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, in its shiny, new virtual format. We plan to hold a Chapter Representatives meeting virtually, details were emailed from the NCAC to chapter officers on Friday, if you missed the email, let us know!

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).
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Currently, traveling poses a danger to your health and to the health of others, and LERA will not ask you to travel to the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020in Portland, Oregon. Since an exchange of research and best practices for the field of labor and employment relations is needed now more than ever, the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting will be conducted as a fully virtual conference, over the same date range, and we are excited to roll out new engagement tools in the coming weeks and months to support this virtual event. Registration is open at the LERA website or just click the image below.

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The LERA Policy Forum presented the first in a series of weekly webinars, “COVID-19 Crisis Calls from Government, Industry, and Labor,” on April 23. Speaking and discussing were Catherine Feingold (AFL-CIO and International Trade Union Confederation). Sandy Jacoby (UCLA), Tom Kochan (MIT), Wilma Liebman (NLRB, former) and Alan Wild (IBM, former, and HR Policy Assn.). The first of seven webinars attracted 375 attendees.

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis), who moderated, said, “We are at a pivotal moment in history.” Kochan said “the crisis offers the opportunity to lay the foundation of a new social contract,” modernizing labor law and policy and “filling the holes in the safety net.” Feingold said we have the opportunity to build a “sustainable economy based on the needs of workers.” Jacoby said we “have never experienced both a health crisis and massive economic collapse” and predicted a “long U-shaped recovery” unless we replaced “selfishness with collective consciousness.” All agreed new political coalitions are necessary. Wild said "Economic recovery is going to take a long time. We’re going to have a long period of unemployment and very slow growth."

Videos of webinars are available at leraweb.org on the COVID-19 webpage.
Anyone can register for future COVID-19 webinars at 
https://lera.memberclicks.net/covid19-webinars.

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David WeilTwo clips from CNBC from David Weil (Brandeis) on gig workers in the COVID-19 era. "It has shown in bright light that our social safety nets in the workplace have huge holes in them."

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/15/what-it-is-like-to-deliver-for-instacart-and-amazon-during-coronavirus.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/13/nation/coronavirus-pandemic-shines-light-gig-workers-scant-protections

Kate BahnKate Bahn (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) in Barrons Online: "The good economics behind generous unemployment benefits." "’Moral hazard’ is a bad excuse based on questionable economics for not doing enough to help low-wage workers and prepare the economy for a recovery after the pandemic.”

https://www.barrons.com/articles/the-good-economics-behind-generous-unemployment-benefits-51585594272

Mark AnnerMark Anner’s (Penn State) “survey of factory owners in Bangladesh found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers [in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis] in Europe and the U.S. are also canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid” in the Washington Post and New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/fashion/coronavirus-bangladesh.html

The cost of childcare in one state from the Economic Policy Institute and Berkeley’s Center for Child Care Employment. “A values-based budget for early care and education that ensures a well-qualified and fairly compensated early care workforce providing a high standard of care for the children of the state would cost from $4.7 billion to $6.4 billion, or $27,000 to $29,000 per child, annually, when fully phased in.”

https://www.epi.org/publication/ece-in-the-states/
Dan MitchellFrom Dan Mitchell (UCLA) on LERA-Dialog listserv: Uber and Lyft drivers sue the companies for back pay, benefits and enforcement of California’s AB5 law.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Uber-Lyft-drivers-to-state-Enforce-AB5-get-us-15030205.php
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View the updated virtual program for the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13 - 16, 2020 here: http://www.leraoffice.org/php/program.php. Full details and registration for the conference can be found here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg. Sessions have been shortened to 60 minutes each and each day will begin at about 11 am ET (New York time). Committee meetings will take place on the pre-conference, Friday, June 12, 2020.

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5/4/20 - New Jersey LERA will meet at 11:45 am ET. A panel of experts will discuss Labor Relations in Times of Pandemic. This event is open to NJ LERA members only, and there is no cost to register.
LERA Chapters have cancelled or postponed face-to-face LERA Chapter meetings all over to support social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your LERA chapter is looking for a way to stay connected with your chapter members though the current pandemic, we encourage you to meet virtually. Inquire at [email protected] if your chapter would like assistance with this.
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Currently, traveling poses a danger to your health and to the health of others, and LERA will not ask you to travel to the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Since an exchange of research and best practices for the field of labor and employment relations is needed now more than ever, the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting will be conducted as a fully virtual conference, over the same date range, and we are excited to roll out new engagement tools in the coming weeks and months to support this virtual event. Registration is open at the LERA website or just click the image below.

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Bob BrunoBob Bruno (Illinois), as part of the work of the Project for Middle Class Renewal, is co-author with the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, of a report on implementing a state of Illinois work-share program response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Work-share programs allow employers to temporarily reduce the hours of their workers during recessions as an alternative to layoffs, enabling them to retain skilled workers until economic conditions improve.” Here’s the report:

https://illinoisepi.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ilepi-pmcr-implementing-work-share-program-in-illinois-final.pdf

Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner (Minnesota) in a USA Today op-ed argues that the COVID-19 economy will be devastated until widespread testing is in place. “We are largely blind, unable to distinguish those who should be isolated from those who can carry on, which means that our most effective responses are widespread rather than targeted.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/03/25/coronavirus-economy-devastating-until-widespread-testing-column/2909765001/

His research using Google trends to project unemployment is cited in this New York Times story.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/01/upshot/coronavirus-jobless-claims-forecast-predictions.html

Here’s a report on the research:
https://paulgp.github.io/GoogleTrendsUINowcast/google_trends_UI.html

William RodgersVox cited Sojourner’s research also, as well as that of William Rodgers III (Rutgers), unemployment projections.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/future-perfect/2020/4/1/21201700/coronavirus-covid-19-unemployment-rate

Jesse RothsteinJesse Rothstein (Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment) is quoted in “Coronavirus response a vast experiment that’s changing U.S. workplaces. “But you can’t tell the store cashier to work from home. You can’t tell the food service worker to work from home,” he said. “It’s disproportionately the lowest income people, and they can’t live for a couple months without income.”

https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/03/17/coronavirus-response-a-vast-experiment-thats-changing-u-s-workplaces/
Tom KochanThomas A. Kochan (MIT) argues in this op-ed that workers should be included in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and advocates management-labor collaborations and partnerships. “By working together … in this time of crisis, business and labor might just lay the groundwork for building a new social contract that fills the holes in the social safety net and forges relationships that will serve society well in the future.”

https://theconversation.com/workers-left-out-of-government-and-business-response-to-the-coronavirus-134118
Steven GreenhouseRebecca GivanJake RosenfeldFrom Steven Greenhouse and the New Yorker, “The new faces of the union movement.” Rebecca Givan (Rutgers) and Jake Rosenfeld (Washington U.) are quoted.

Rosenfeld: “Underemployed college-educated workers aren’t buying what was until recently the prevailing understanding of our economy: that hard work and a college degree was a ticket to a stable, well-paying job.”
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-faces-of-a-new-union-movement

Kim ClaussingKimberly Clausing (Reed College) is a co-author of “How to make America’s next trade policy” in The Bulwark.

https://thebulwark.com/how-to-make-a-americas-next-trade-policy/
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LERA is hosting a complimentary series of webinars on "Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic" and you are invited to attend. Additional webinars are in the works, so please check back frequently! To view the topics and to register for those you are interested in, visit: https://lera.memberclicks.net/covid19-webinars

Registration is open to virtually attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020. The program committee will announce an updated program in May, and you will find details and registration online at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg

Plan now to virtually attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020.

Plan now to virtually attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020. 

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4/14/20 - VLERA (Virtual LERA) will meet online at 8 pm ET for "Exploring Mandatory Employment Arbitration". Is mandatory employment arbitration fundamentally fair, inexpensive, and accessible, or an inadequate substitution for civil litigation? Mark Gough (Penn State University) will unpack three decades of controversy and implications for employers, employees, attorneys and neutrals. There is no cost, but you will need to register.
4/22/20 - Maryland LERA will meet online at 1 pm ET to learn to adapt and adopt videoconferencing for labor arbitration, including pre-hearing considerations and current best practices. There is no cost, but you will need to register.
5/4/20 - New Jersey LERA will meet at 11:45 am ET. A panel of experts will discuss Labor Relations in Times of Pandemic. This event is open to NJ LERA members only, and there is no cost to register.
LERA Chapters have cancelled or postponed face-to-face LERA Chapter meetings all over to support social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your LERA chapter is looking for a way to stay connected with your chapter members though the current pandemic, we encourage you to meet virtually. Inquire at [email protected] if your chapter would like assistance with this.
LERA Chapter Presidents are invited to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, in its shiny, new virtual format. We plan to hold a Chapter Representatives meeting virtually, and we will send out details to chapter officers in the coming weeks.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling poses a danger to your health and to the health of the nation, and LERA will not ask you to travel to the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Despite this, an exchange of research and best practices for the field of labor and employment relations is needed now more than ever, so LERA is not cancelling this event. Instead, the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting will be conducted as a fully virtual conference, over the same date range, and we are so grateful in advance for your flexibility during these uncertain times. Registration is open at the LERA website, and we will be rolling out new virtual engagement tools to our members over the coming weeks and months. Meeting participants will be contacted with further information on switching to a virtual format.

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Aaron Sojourner’s (Minnesota) projection on the future rise in unemployment numbers is cited in “Nine charts showing what coronavirus is doing to the economy: Jobless claims are already at record numbers, and it’s getting worse” in Vox. His research was also cited by a story in Solon.
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/30/21184401/coronavirus-covid-19-economy-charts

Sojourner also is quoted in Courthouse News on the speed of the economic recovery from COVID-19: The length of the lockdown will dictate the speed of the recovery.

https://www.courthousenews.com/as-economy-shifts-length-of-lockdown-will-dictate-recovery-speed/

From the Hamilton Project, an economic response to COVID-19.
https://www.hamiltonproject.org/blog/the_economic_policy_response_to_covid_19_what_comes_next
Eileen AppelbaumEileen Appelbaum and Shawn Fremstad (Center for Economic Policy and Research) put together a chart that can be found at the link below, that covers what’s in the federal COVID-19 stimulus legislation — and what’s not, but should be.

https://cepr.net/the-u-s-response-to-covid-19-whats-in-federal-legislation-and-whats-not-but-still-needed
From KathaKatharine AbrahamSusan Housemanrine Abraham (Maryland) and Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute) on job sharing to combat COVID-19 unemployment.

https://www.upjohn.org/research-highlights/shared-work-programs-can-ease-coronaviruss-economic-impact
Christian WellerFrom Christian Weller (U. Mass-Boston) “Focusing on boosting the stock market may actually hurt workers.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christianweller/2020/03/23/focusing-on-boosting-the-stock-market-may-actually-hurt-workers/
Heather BousheyListen to Heather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) on NPR comment on March 19 on the spike in jobless claims as coronavirus pauses business.

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/18/817934615/jobless-claims-spike-throughout-country-as-coronavirus-pauses-business
Todd VachonTodd E. Vachon and Michael MerrillMichael Merrill were interviewed for a piece in NJBiz about the evolution of unions:
https://njbiz.com/union-evolution-new-jersey-labor-keeps-up-with-the-times/

Vachon also was interviewed for a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about climate change and jobs following a Philadelphia refinery closure: 
https://www.inquirer.com/news/south-philly-refinery-labor-climate-activists-just-transition-20200306.html

Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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Submit a session or paper proposal today, extended deadline April 1, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Registration is open to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, Virtually
! The program committee has scheduled a tremendous program! You will find complete conference details and links at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg

Plan now to virtually attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020. Read their invitation here

Plan now to virtually attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020. 

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LERA Chapters have cancelled or postponed face-to-face LERA Chapter meetings all over the country to support social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your LERA chapter is looking for a way to stay connected with your chapter members though the current pandemic, we encourage you to meet virtually. Inquire at [email protected] if your chapter would like assistance with this.
LERA Chapter Presidents are invited to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, in its shiny, new virtual format. We plan to hold a Chapter Representatives meeting virtually, and we will send out details to chapter officers in the coming weeks.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly affecting the daily lives of people worldwide, and LERA has considered how it could potentially affect the upcoming LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019. We currently have no plans to cancel the meeting, but are exploring contingency options. Please see the complete COVID-19 Update (also linked on the meeting page). Any new information will be listed at the same page in the coming 14 weeks leading up to LERA's next annual meeting.

Alex ColvinDavid WeilListen to Alex Colvin (Cornell) and David Weil (Brandeis) on NPR Marketplace on the National Labor Relations Board ruling, “NLRB rule could make it harder for millions of workers to unionize.”

https://www.marketplace.org/2020/02/26/nlrb-workers-unions-labor-law/
Read a new report, “State of Working America Wages 2019: A story of slow, uneven, and unequal wage growth over the last 40 years,” from the Economic Policy Institute.

https://www.epi.org/publication/swa-wages-2019/

Eliza ForsytheRead a news release, “Young workers hit hardest in hiring during recessions,” about research by Eliza Forsythe (Illinois).

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/362626

Bob Bruno“In Illinois, apprenticeships are on the rise,” in the Champaign News-Gazette. Part of the impetus is a study by Bob Bruno’s (Illinois) Project for Middle Class Renewal and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Bruno is quoted in the story.

https://www.news-gazette.com/business/employment/in-illinois-apprenticeships-are-on-the-rise/article_201ab7f7-cd38-5708-9d4f-e8215a227241.html

Heather BousheyHeidi ShierholzHeather Boushey (Center for Equitable Growth) has a new book, Unbound: How Inequality Constricts our Economy and What We Can Do About It. (Harvard U. Press). Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) will review the book in the 2020 LERA Perspectives on Work.

https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674919310
Francine BlauFrancine Blau (Cornell) is quoted extensively in this Atlantic article, “Working so you can afford child care so you can work.”

https://theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/01/working-afford-child-care-so-you-can-work/605206/

Tim BartikTimothy Bartik’s (Upjohn Institute) new book, Making Sense of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity, is available as a free pdf download:

https://research.upjohn.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1277&context=up_press

Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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Submit a session or paper proposal today, deadline March 15, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Registration is open to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, Portland, Oregon
! The program committee has scheduled a tremendous program with one-of-a-kind activities to augment your Portland trip! Events registration is now open here. You will find complete conference details and links at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg

Plan now to attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Read their invitation here

Plan now to attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium 
on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. 

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03/20/20 - Greater Rhode Island LERA (Warwick) presents "The Dog That Didn't Bark in the Night-time ... Yet". Will Janus have a cumulative draining effect on organized labor? What other well-established precedents supporting collective bargaining are at risk, and what is on the horizon? John Wirenius, Chair of the NYS PERB will keynote. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Radisson Airport Hotel.
03/25/20 - Houston LERA will meet for their first meeting of 2020. Tickets cost $35, and the event will take place from 11:30 am to 1 pm. You can reserve your ticket at the Houston LERA website.
3/25/20 - LERA-neo (Independence) hosts Kevin Cassidy from the ILO for dinner and a program beginning 5:30 pm. Cassidy is the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for the International Labor Organization. Registration ($40) includes a drink ticket and dinner.
3/25/20 - Maryland LERA (Baltimore) meets for dinner at 5:30 pm to discussion on Challenges and Changes: The NLRB and Arbitrator Deferral. Mark Pearce, former board member and chairman of the NLRB will speak. Maryland LERA will meet at Chiapparelli’s Restaurant and tickets are $42 for members.

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Wilma LiebmanHere’s a powerful op-ed by Wilma Liebman in the Morning Consult on the National Labor Relations Board of which she was formerly the chair. “… if the past predicts the future, then even worse things are coming for workers and their unions.”

https://morningconsult.com/opinions/workers-play-against-a-stacked-deck-at-trumps-nlrb/
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Kimberly Clausing (Reed College) has a new book, Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard, 2019). She made a presentation based on the book at the [email protected] session, “Making Global Markets Work for American Workers,” in San Diego in January.

In this Harvard University Press blog Clausing answers five questions on trade and its effects on workers.
https://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2019/03/5-questions-kim-clausing-on-open.html

Presenting at the same session was Dani Rodrik (Harvard), president-elect of the International Economic Association, and author of Straight Talk on Trade (Princeton, 2019).
Here’s a concise review of Straight Talk on Trade from Kirkus.
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dani-rodrik/straight-talk-on-trade/

Josh Bivens (Economic Policy Institute) was one of the discussants at the session.

We’ll review Clausing and Rodrik’s books in the 2020 LERA Perspectives on Work, sent to all members in November. Look for more coverage of [email protected] and LERA’s 72nd Annual meeting in Perspectives.

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Heidi ShierholzHeidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) is quoted in this Markets Business Insider article on how economic inequality has worsened with the death of labor unions.

"As unions have declined, it’s been an important contributor to the rise of inequality and wage stagnation to all those but the highest paid workers."

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/how-economic-inequality-has-worsened-with-death-of-american-union-2020-1-1028820308

Jesse RothsteinJesse Rothstein (UC-Berkeley) is quoted in the Marketplace story, “Wages grew faster in past expansions.”

https://www.marketplace.org/2020/01/10/wages-grew-faster-in-past-expaoolnsions

Teresa GhilarducciWatch as Teresa Ghilarducci (New School) is interviewed in this PBS Newshour Making $ense segment.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-more-older-workers-are-finding-themselves-unemployed-as-retirement-approaches

Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
Get Involved

Registration is open to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, Portland, Oregon! The program committee has scheduled a tremendous program with one-of-a-kind activities to augment your Portland trip! Events registration is now open here. You will find complete conference details and links at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg.

Submit you letter of interest to become the next LERA Secretary/Treasurer. Details here 

Submit a session or paper proposal by March 15, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Plan now to attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Read their invitation here

Plan now to attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium 
on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. 

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

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03/02/20 - NJ LERA (Kenilworth) discusses intra-union conflicts in "Member V. Member". Panelists include Len Schiro, Ira Cure, and Melissa Provost and dinner begins at 6 pm.
03/03/20 - Central PA LERA (Harrisburg) provides an update on recent actions and decisions from the PA Labor Relations Board (PLRB) with Chief Counsel Warren Mowery.
3/10/20 - Philly LERA hosts their March dinner and speaker at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia beginning 5:30 pm.
3/19/20 - Detroit LERA (Warwick) meets for breakfast at 8 am to discuss Life in the Gig Economy as a Free Lancer. There is no cost to attend.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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Book CoverMore Worlds to Negotiate: John Dunlop and the Art of Problem Solving by Jennifer Berkshire is a new book about former LERA co-founder, president, and Secretary of Labor and Harvard economists. Interviewed are some young academicians Dunlop mentored: Richard Freeman, Tom Kochan, Kris Rondeau and David Weil.

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780761871132/More-Worlds-to-Negotiate-John-Dunlop-and-the-Art-of-Problem-Solving

Teresa GhilarducciTeresa Ghilarducci (New School) is quoted in this New York Times story, “The decade in retirement: Wealthy Americans moved farther ahead.” “People who were 55 or older during the recession have never quite recovered — they are far behind in building up wealth again, and when they did find another job, it probably paid much less than they were earning before the recession.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/14/business/retirement-social-security-recession.html

Ghilarducci is also quoted in this CNBC story, “Social Security benefits narrow the wealth gap, but many will retire in poverty.” Lorie Konish cites Teresa's study, "Social Security benefits are helping to narrow the gap between the haves and have-nots who are approaching retirement. But they don’t go far enough … We are finding that the only way that people will be able to retire without being in poverty is by expanding Social Security,”
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/06/social-security-benefits-narrow-wealth-gap-but-many-retire-in-poverty.html

Eileen AppelbaumRose BattEileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) and Rosemary Batt (Cornell) write “Private equity and surprise medical billing,” in the Institute for New Economic Thinking.” Appelbaum and Batt literally wrote the book on it: Private Equity at Work (Russell Sage).
https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/private-equity-and-surprise-medical-billing

Here’s their American Prospect article, “Private equity tries to protect another profit center.”
https://prospect.org/power/private-equity-tries-protect-another-profit-center/

Bob BrunoBob Bruno (Illinois) is quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about the unionization of workers at a major marijuana production facility.

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/marijuanacannabis/major-pot-production-facility-vote-unionizing

A 2018, but still worthwhile article from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth — it takes Native American women 22 months to earn what a white male makes in 12.

https://equitablegrowth.org/equal-pay-day-and-data-equality-for-native-american-women/

Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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Registration is open to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, Portland, Oregon! The program committee has scheduled a tremendous program plus many one-of-a-kind activities to augment your Portland trip! (events registration will be announced soon). You will find complete conference details and links at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg.

Nominate a LERA Chapter! We are accepting nominations until COB today, February 15, 2020 for LERA Chapter Awards to be presented at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. There are eight different merit award categories that any chapter can be nominated for, just tell us why they are great! The online nomination form is at https://lera.memberclicks.net/chapter-merit-awards and on our deadlines page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines

Submit you letter of interest to become the next LERA Secretary/Treasurer. Details here 

Submit a session or paper proposal by March 15, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Plan now to attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Read their invitation here

Plan now to attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium 
on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. 

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2/18/20 – Philly LERA meets at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia beginning 5:30 pm. Attend to find out How Unequal Power in the Workplace Undercuts Freedoms, Democracy, Employment Protections, and Economic Fairness. Lawrence Mishel from the Economic Policy Institute will keynote.
2/20/20 – Detroit LERA (Southfield) meets to discuss Employment Mediator or Arbitrator as a Career Choice at 8 am. Janice Holdinski of AAA will share her experiences.
2/26/20 - Maryland LERA (Baltimore) presents Alice B. Stock, NLRB Deputy General Counsel at Chiapparelli's Restaurant beginning 5:30 pm.
2/28/20 - Greater Rhode Island LERA (Warwick) presents The Dog That Didn't Bark in the Night-time ... Yet. John Wirenius, Chair of the New York State Public Employee Relations Board, will speak at the Radisson Hotel beginning 8:30 am.
2/28/20 - Connecticut Valley LERA (Rocky Hill) meets on 2/28 to discuss employee investigations at government-regulated workplaces like schools and health-care facilities. RSVP by Feb. 24, and the event carries 1.0 hour of CLE credit.
03/02/20 - NJ LERA (Kenilworth) meets to discuss intra-union conflicts "Member V. Member". Panelists include Len Schiro, Ira Cure, and Melissa Provost.
03/03/20 - Central PA LERA (Harrisburg) will provide an update on recent actions and decisions from the PA Labor Relations Board (PLRB) with Chief Counsel Warren Mowery.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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Lawrence MishellSylvia AllegrettoLawrence Mishel (Economic Policy Institute) and Sylvia Allegretto’s (UC-Berkeley) research is cited in this Washington Post op-ed, “How teachers advocating for their students could backfire,” that references Chicago teachers’ Bargaining for the Common Good negotiations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/12/11/how-teachers-advocating-their-students-could-backfire/
 
Steven greenhouseKate BronfenbrennerSteven Greenhouse and Kate Bronfenbrenner (Cornell) on terrific PBS Newshour “Making Sense” segment on culinary workers’ union in Las Vegas Jan. 9.

Transcript and audio:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/is-this-las-vegas-hospitality-workers-union-the-future-of-american-labor

Christian WellerChristian Weller (U. Mass.-Boston) writes “Fixing retirement crisis means mandating savings,” in Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christianweller/2019/10/30/fixing-the-retirement-crisis-means-mandating-retirement-savings/#689af3e26d6f
Lance CompaLance Compa (Cornell) wrote this piece for The American Prospect on a strike in Arizona against a Mexican-owned company and how it might affect the recently passed USMCA trade agreement:

https://prospect.org/world/a-mexican-oligarch-is-undermining-the-new-nafta/
Joseph McCartinThe hottest stop on the campaign trail? The picket line, per the Washington Post.  Joseph McCartin (Georgetown, #BargainingForTheCommonGood) is quoted:

“Key states that Trump ended up winning were states where unions got hammered. The [Democrats] saw how badly those losses hurt them in those states, and they saw how [former governor] Scott Walker’s impact on Wisconsin made Wisconsin available to Trump.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/11/01/hottest-stop-candidates-campaign-trail-picket-line/
How to make the American tax system work better, be fairer and lessen economic inequality from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/substantial-income-of-wealthy-households-escapes-annual-taxation-or-enjoys
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
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Nominate a worthy colleague for a LERA award. Nominations deadline was extended and today (February 1, 2020) is the last day for submissions. You will find complete details at the LERA website deadlines page here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Registration is open to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, Portland, Oregon! The program committee has scheduled a tremendous program plus many one-of-a-kind activities to augment your Portland trip! (events registration will be announced soon). You will find complete conference details and links at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg.

Nominate a LERA Chapter! We are accepting nominations until February 15, 2020 for LERA Chapter Awards to be presented at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. There are eight different merit award categories that any chapter can be nominated for, just tell us why they are great! The online nomination form is at https://lera.memberclicks.net/chapter-merit-awards and on our deadlines page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines

Submit you letter of interest to become the next LERA Secretary/Treasurer. Details here 

Submit a session or paper proposal by March 15, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Plan now to attend the LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium on "Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)" held Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Read their invitation here

Plan now to attend the LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium 
on Monday, June 15, 2020 in conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. 

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

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Chapter News
2/3/20 to 2/4/20 – TERRA (Spring Hill) is conducting the TERRA 21st Annual Conference. This day-and-a-half program will feature a wide range of current topics, including managing cyber security threats.
2/3/20 – NJ LERA (Woodbridge) will meet at Il Castello's beginning 6 pm. Attend to find out How to Defend or Conduct Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Requests. The panel will include John Lucich, Founder of eForensix, and Ben Kusmin, Founder of Excel Esquire.
2/4/20 – Central PA LERA (Harrisburg) will meet to discuss Bargaining in Distressed School Districts at 5:30 p.m. Jeffrey Sultanik of Fox Rothschild will share his experiences with two PA school districts.
2/18/20 - Philly LERA has moved their February meeting to Feb. 18. Larry Mishel from the Economic Policy Institute, an expert on labor markets, wage and job quality trends, will speak at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
2/20/20 - Have you considered a career as an employment mediator or arbitrator? Janice Holdinski of AAA will give you first-hand information at Detroit LERA's breakfast meeting.
2/28/20 - Will Janus have a draining effect on organized labor? RI LERA (Warwick) will host John Wirenius, Chair of the New York State PERB to discuss the effects of Janus and the future of collective bargaining.
2/28/20 - Connecticut Valley LERA (Rocky Hill) meets on 2/28 to discuss employee investigations at government-regulated workplaces like schools and health-care facilities.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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 LERA@ASSA Panel

(left to right) Micah Mitrowsky, Jisung Park, Basav Sen, Carol Zabin, Clair Brown, Sandy Jacoby

(above photo) At [email protected] 2020 held in conjunction with the ASSA-AEA conference in San Diego, Clair Brown (second from right, UC-Berkeley) and Sandy Jacoby (right, UCLA) put together a terrific panel, Green New Deal: Labor Market Policies for Sustainability and Equity. Jacoby: “This is the first time LERA has had a panel like this.”

Check out paper titles, PowerPoint presentations and more photos of the session here: 
https://lera.memberclicks.net/greennewdeal-lera-assa

Next year’s [email protected] meeting is in Chicago, Illinois • January 3-5, 2021. open call.
Heather BousheyHeather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) writes “The way we measure economic growth obscures what is really going on,” in the New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/opinion/economic-growth-statistics.html
Joseph McCartinSteven greenhouseJoseph McCartin (Georgetown, Bargaining for the Common Good) reviewed Steven Greenhouse’s book, “ Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor in Commonweal magazine.

https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/squeeze-stranglehold
Jared BernsteinRead Jared Bernstein (Center for Budget and Policy Priorities) in the Washington Post: “Jobs quantity, check. Quality jobs, no check.” “In today’s strong job market — a minority — 40 percent report having good jobs.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/10/28/job-quantity-check-job-quality-not-check/
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
Get Involved

Submit a paper to the AILR/LERA Best Papers paper competition.  Proposal submissions are due by 1/15/20. You will find complete details at the LERA website deadlines page here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Nominate a worthy colleague for a LERA award. Nominations are due by 1/15/20. You will find complete details at the LERA website deadlines page here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Nominate a LERA Chapter! We are accepting nominations until February 15, 2020 for LERA Chapter Awards to be presented at the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. There are eight different merit award categories that any chapter can be nominated for, just tell us why they are great! The online nomination form is at https://lera.memberclicks.net/chapter-merit-awards and on our deadlines page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines

Submit a session or paper proposal by March 15, 2020 to the program committee for the [email protected] meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. This meeting takes place in conjunction with the ASSA/AEA, an exciting program attended by 13,000+ people. View the call here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2021-lera-assa-call-for-proposals

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

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Chapter News
1/22/20 – Maryland LERA (Baltimore) will meet and discuss Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law and Its Impact on Collective Bargaining, beginning 5:30 p.m.
1/23/20 – Detroit LERA’s breakfast meeting will focus on Effective Organization and Engagement for Millennials the Quicken Way.

1/28/20  Rocky Mountain LERA (Denver) meets at the Regis University. They will discuss Recent Developments at the NLRB, starting 5 p.m.

1/29/20 – Houston LERA will host their first meeting of 2020 over the lunch hour.

1/30/20  CT Valley LERA (Rocky Hill) invites you to attend lunch and a presentation on Employer Monitoring.

2/3/20 to 2/4/20 – TERRA (Spring Hill) is conducting the TERRA 21st Annual Conference.

2/3/20 – NJ LERA (Woodbridge) will meet beginning at 6 p.m. to discuss How to Defend or Conduct Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Requests.

2/4/20 – Central PA LERA (Harrisburg) will meet to discuss Bargaining in Distressed School Districts at 5:30 p.m.


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Eileen AppelbaumEileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) writing “How private equity makes you sicker” in the American Prospect magazine. She examines private equity influence in the health care sector.
https://prospect.org/health/how-private-equity-makes-you-sicker/

She was also interviewed on private equity on the NPR Marketplace Morning Report on Nov. 19.
https://www.marketplace.org/2019/11/19/private-equity-is-in-the-hot-seat-on-capitol-hill/
From the Center for American Progress, “American Ghent: Designing systems to strengthen unions and improve government services.”https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2019/09/18/474690/american-ghent/
Sarah JaffeTerrific article in The Nation by Sarah Jaffe (Type Media Center, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt) about the Bargaining for the Common Good approach (See Joseph McCartin of Georgetown) in the Chicago teachers’ union strike. Jaffe cites Ruth Milkman’s (CUNY) research on manufacturing unions as a counterpoint.

https://www.thenation.com/article/chicago-ctu-strike-win/
Louis HymanLouis Hyman (Cornell) is quoted in this Newsgram story, “Reasons for bigger houses in America.” The average home today has twice the square footageas the average U.S. home in 1945.

https://www.newsgram.com/reasons-bigger-houses-america
Christian WellerHere’s a Forbes op-ed by Christian Weller (U. Mass.0Boston) “Fixing the retirement crisis means mandated retirement savings.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christianweller/2019/10/30/fixing-the-retirement-crisis-means-mandating-retirement-savings/#4d4fa4396d6f
Steven GreenhouseHere's an important New York Magazine piece by longtime New York Times workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse (independent labor reporter) grading the 2020 presidential candidates on their worker-labor policies.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/presidential-candidates-2020-labor-plans.html
From the Economic Policy Institute, a report, “Breaking the silence on early childhood care and costs.”
https://www.epi.org/publication/breaking-the-silence-on-early-child-care-and-education-costs-a-values-based-budget-for-children-parents-and-teachers-in-california/

Also from EPI, “Unprecedented: The Trump administration’s attack on workers’ rights.”
https://www.epi.org/publication/unprecedented-the-trump-nlrbs-attack-on-workers-rights/
Send LERA member news placements, projects, books, comments. chapter news and corrections to Michael Lillich, [email protected].
Get Involved

Submit a paper to the AILR/LERA Best Papers paper competition.  Proposal submissions are due by 1/15/20. You will find complete details at the LERA website deadlines page here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Nominate a worthy colleague for a LERA award. Nominations are due by 1/15/20. You will find complete details at the LERA website deadlines page here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Read for LERA Competitive Paper Competition: Let us know if you would like the editorial committee to consider utilizing your expertise as a reader in for the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s (LERA) double-blind, refereed LERA Competitive Papers Competition. Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested.

Congratulate the newest LERA Executive Board Members! Thank you to all members who participated in the election, either by running or by voting. You can meet your newest LERA Executive Board Members at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-2019-election-results. Please, congratulate them!

[email protected] 2020 is almost here! Meet us in San Diego January 3-5, 2020 for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

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Chapter News
1/14/20 - Philly LERA January Dinner Program begins at 6:30 pm.
1/23/20 Detroit Area LERA meets over breakfast for a discussion on effective organization and engagement for millennials. You can sign up for the event at their website. 
NorCal LERA (Sacramento) is planning a social and educational event for January 2020. If you would like to participate contact Renee Mayne at [email protected]
1/29/20 - Greater Houston LERA  is plans to conduct their January meeting. Speakers will be announced.
1/30/20 - CT Valley LERA (Rocky Hill) invites you to attend lunch and a presentation on employer monitoring.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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Heather BousheyHeather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) is quoted in this excellent New York Times feature, “The middle-class crunch: A look at four family budgets.”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/03/your-money/middle-class-income.html
Kati GriffithKati Griffith (Cornell) references the 2018 LERA Research Volume in “Why the Depart of Labor should keep its hands off worker centers” in an On Labor post.

https://onlabor.org/why-the-dol-should-keep-its-hands-off-of-worker-centers/
Ian GreerIan Collin Greer (Cornell) is quoted in this Ithaca.com article, “Local organizing is spreading in Ithaca”: “This is a time when there’s a lot of labor activism taking place all over the world. It’s young workers taking the lead, and it seems like there’s a lot going on at once.”

https://www.ithaca.com/news/tompkins_county/local-organizing-is-spreading-in-ithaca/article_8ce9974e-0017-11ea-b68b-07acf9f52a88.html
Bob BrunoBob Bruno (Illinois) was quoted in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette on the proposition that the coming legalization of marijuana in Illinois “will turn my town into Woodstock, 1969.”

“Cannabis is popular and widely used. Legalizing it for recreational use will not be without some social costs. However, they are greater societal costs involved in subjecting the use of marijuana to the criminal justice system. Besides, in order for communities to be transformed into mini Woodstocks would require a return to the second generation of rock ‘n’ roll music. Now, would that part be so bad?”
Michael LeRoyIn the Daily Herald, Michael LeRoy (Illinois) is quoted on legal status of marijuana in the workplace. “There isn’t an expressed prohibition,” which means employers retain the right to fire with reason.

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191116/how-suburban-businesses-are-preparing-before-recreational-marijuana-use-begins
Francine BlauLawrence KahnA study by Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn (both Cornell) is cited in “Millennial women are twice as likely as their mothers to make more money than their partners,” by theladders.com. 
https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/millennial-women-are-twice-as-likely-as-their-mothers-to-make-more-money-than-their-partners

Here’s their study, an NBER working paper, “Female labor supply: Why the U.S. is falling behind.”
https://www.nber.org/papers/w18702.pdf
David AutorA wonky, but accessible, blog note from the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, the Nobel econ laureate, on David Autor (MIT) et al.’s research on the effects of the China tariffs in the U.S.

http://chinashock.info
Beaten Down Worked UpA NYT review of independent labor journalist Steven Greenhouse’s new labor-history book, Beaten Down, Worked Up. Bob Bruno (Illinois) reviewed it in the 2019 Perspectives on Work.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/books/review/beaten-down-worked-up-steven-greenhouse.html
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Submit a research paper today, deadline December 15, 2019 LERA Competitive Papers (double-blind refereed paper competition, submit complete paper by 12/15/19), or the AILR/LERA Best Papershttps://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

Read for LERA Competitive Paper Competition: Let us know if you would like the editorial committee to consider utilizing your expertise as a reader in for the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s (LERA) double-blind, refereed LERA Competitive Papers Competition. Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested.

Congratulate the newest LERA Executive Board Members! Thank you to all members who participated in the election, either by running or by voting. You can meet your newest LERA Executive Board Members at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-2019-election-results. Please, congratulate them!

Make a contribution to the LERA 2019 Annual Fund Drive today. You should have received a letter in the mail, but you can go online and make a contribution anytime to support LERA! Your contributions help provide programs, services, and publications for the field of labor and employment relations. https://lera.memberclicks.net/contributions.

[email protected] 2020 is almost here! Meet us in San Diego January 3-5, 2020 for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

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Bill DirksenBill Dirksen, Ford’s top labor negotiator, announces retirement days after agreement with the UAW reached in the Detroit Free Press.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2019/11/19/ford-uaw-contract-negotiator-bill-dirksen/4237042002/
Eileen AppelbaumEileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research) in response (posted on Twitter) to a question by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known as AOC: "Since the financial crisis, about half of the private-equity funds have under-performed the stock market. Another half of them barely beat the stock market."

https://twitter.com/RealBankReform/status/1196868310765322240
Alex ColvinAlex Colvin (Cornell) moderates a new podcast, "Work! Exploring the future of work, labor and employment," from the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/news/ilr-launches-podcast
Teresa GhilarducciFrom Teresa Ghilarducci (New School), quarterly report on the state of older workers, “Older workers will be more vulnerable in recession.”

https://www.economicpolicyresearch.org/jobs-report/2019-q3-older-workers-report
Michael ReichSylvia AllegrettoMichael Reich and Sylvia Allegretto (both UC-Berkeley) write, “Raise the wage advocates have reason for optimism” in The Hill.

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/406025-raise-the-wage-advocates-have-reason-for-optimism
Jared BernsteinJared Bernstein (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) is among many economists and policy experts quoted on the effects of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders’ proposed wealth tax and the effects on the economy in the New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/us/politics/sanders-warren-wealth-tax.html

Aaron SojournerMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz named Aaron Sojourner (U. of Minnesota) to the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. Sojourner has done research on the hiring, turnover and retention of teachers. He recently partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to research to improve how to hire the best teachers and retain them.

https://mn.gov/governor/news/#/detail/appId/1/id/410425
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Congratulate the newest LERA Executive Board Members! Thank you to all members who participated in the election, either by running or by voting. You can meet your newest LERA Executive Board Members at: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-2019-election-results. Please, congratulate them!

Make a contribution to the LERA 2019 Annual Fund Drive today. You should have received a letter in the mail, but you can go online and make a contribution anytime to support LERA! Your contributions help provide programs, services, and publications for the field of labor and employment relations. https://lera.memberclicks.net/contributions.

Registration is open for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

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Chapter News
12/3/19 - Central PA LERA (Harrisburg) is hosting hot topics on workplace privacy. Catherine Walters, Bybel Rutledge, will discuss the current state of the law and developments on the horizon.
12/4/19 - Long Island LERA (Mineola) will meet. Learn more at their website.
12/4/19 - LERA-neo (Cleveland) will meet to discuss the current state of Ohio's schools, including the OEA perspective on issues facing educators in the classroom, at the bargaining table, and in the legislature.
12/4/19 - VLERA (Virtual) will discuss current views on protected concerted activity, from Meyers to Allstate Maintenance.
12/9/19 - NJ LERA (Piscataway) is scheduled to meet jointly with RU LERA (LERA's alll-student chapter based at Rutgers University). They will talk about Trump's Tariffs, China, and the American Labor Market, and you can join them for the discussion.
12/10/19 - Greater Houston LERA  invites you to the Festivus for the Rest of Us and Toy Drive. Bring a contribution or a toy for the Houston Fire Department's "Operation Stocking Stuffer". Houston LERA is jointly conducting with event with both the Houston Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Texas Association of Mediators.
12/10/19 - Philly LERA meets to host their December dinner program. They meet monthly at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Reservations by 12/3 are requested.
12/12/19 Detroit Area LERA meets over breakfast for a discussion on wage and hour issues. You can sign up for the event at their website.

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Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner (Minnesota) discusses the economics of child care and child care policy on at a Wisconsin Institute podcast at the University of Wisconsin.
https://www.irp.wisc.edu/resource/aaron-sojourner-and-matt-wiswall-on-the-value-of-investments-in-quality-child-care/

And participated in an experiment to find teachers who perform better and stay longer.
https://qz.com/work/1713210/an-experiment-to-find-teachers-who- perform-better-and-stay-longer-shows-promising-results/
Susan HousemanHere’s Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute) discussing manufacturing on Russ Roberts’ Econtalk podcast.

https://www.econtalk.org/susan-houseman-on-manufacturing/
Ruben GarciaRuben J. Garcia (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) was elected on Nov. 9 as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers at the college's Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The College is an organization of lawyers, arbitrators, and academics who have distinguished themselves in the labor and employment field for more than 20 years. He also spoke at the National Employment Law Project (NELP) National Conference in Las Vegas on Nov 13, on a panel titled "A Bold Agenda for Workers for 2020 and Beyond."
Katharine AbrahamAlan KrugerKatharine Abraham (Maryland) former commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is quoted in this New York Times column, “Maybe we’re all not going to be gig economy workers after all.” It also cites the late Alan Krueger's (Princeton) research.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/upshot/gig-economy-limits-labor-market-uber-california.html
Sylvia AllegrettoLarry MishelSylvia Allegretto (UC-Berkeley) writing in The Atlantic, “For teachers, the pay keeps getting worse.” Based on a study by Allegretto and Larry Mishel (Economic Policy Institute)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/pay-teachers-more-because-women-have-other-options/597322/
Marick MastersMarick Masters (Wayne State) is quoted in “’If we don’t get it, shut it down’: McDonald’s workers rally for $15 per hour,” in the Detroit Free Press.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2019/11/12/rally-mcdonalds-workers-15-hour-wages/2577960001/
Oren Levin-WaldmanRead Oren Levin-Waldman’s (Rutgers-Newark) “The elites and working class and ‘maximum feasible misunderstanding’” in the Yonkers Tribune.
https://www.yonkerstribune.com/2019/09/elites-the-working-class-and-willful-maximum-feasible-misunderstanding-by-oren-m-levin-waldman

And Oren discusses how impeachment could affect the middle class here:
https://www.yonkerstribune.com/2019/11/the-wages-of-impeachment-by-oren-m-levin-waldman-2
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Submit a session (or paper) proposal to the LERA Program Committee TODAY, deadline November 15, 2019; here is the full call: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-call. The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” will happen June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, OR. 

Make a contribution to the LERA 2019 Annual Fund Drive today. You should have received a letter in the mail, but you can go online and make a contribution anytime to support LERA! Your contributions help provide programs, services, and publications for the field of labor and employment relations. https://lera.memberclicks.net/contributions.

Registration is open for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
Congratulations to NorCal LERA. They have successfully reorganized the Sacramento, Calif. chapter, elected new leadership, and are discussing programs for 2020. New officers are: Jun G. Payoyo, President; Renée Mayne, Treasurer; Janine Braxton, Secretary; and Sam Kim; Communications Director. New board members include J. Felix De la Torre, Vanessa Deleon, and Jim Pruitt. They are accepting new members, and you can visit the NorCal LERA website for details.
11/18/19 - Maine LERA (Portland) explores marijuana use in the workplace. The presentation will focus on changes to the law and its effects upon the workplace, identifying substance abuse and impairment in the workplace, and laws governing drug testing.
11/18/19 - NJ LERA (Kenilworth) will present Trump's NLRB after Two Years. Current rule-making (election rules, grad student representation rights, joint employer), adoption of contract coverage standard in unilateral change cases, access rights of union organizers, and what now constitutes protected concerted activity will all be discussed.
11/19/19 - COLERA (Columbus) With the receipt of a $50 million grant, Smart Columbus is reinventing transportation to accelerate human progress through a region-wide initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership.
11/20/2019 - VLERA (Virtual) will discuss the full spectrum of labor dispute resolution, with speakers Vanessa Bullock and Alan Symonette.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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  • Here’s two stories about the Chicago teachers’ strike — first about SEIU support-staff workers, fighting to get out of poverty and a second on the end of the 11 days strike.
    1. https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/chicago/2019/10/23/on-strike-too-in-chicago-the-desperation-of-schools-lowest-paid-workers/
    2. https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/11/1/20943464/chicago-teachers-strike-deal
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Marick MastersMarick Masters (Wayne State) is quoted in this story in this Detroit Free Press-USA Today in next steps in Big Three-UAW contract negotiations.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2019/10/21/gm-strike-ford-fca-uaw-risk/4052641002/
Rebecca GivanRead Rebecca Kolins Givan (Rutgers) “Unions shouldn’t use their health care as a weapon against universal coverage” in the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/unions-shouldnt-use-their-health-insurance-as-a-weapon-against-universal-coverage/2019/08/28/f96f557e-c9a9-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html

Givan (@rkgwork) is a great Twitter follow for all things labor and health care related.
Robert BrunoJoseph McCartinBob Bruno (Illinois Labor Education Program) and Joseph McCartin (Georgetown, Bargaining for the Common Good) weigh in on the politics of the Chicago teachers’ strike in Crain’s Chicago Business.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/struggle-heart-cps-standoff

Bruno also is quoted in this AP story, “Affordable housing among striking (Chicago) teachers’ demands.” He said, “Teachers’ unions across the country are watching this very closely.”
https://www.insider.com/affordable-housing-among-striking-chicago-teachers-demands-2019-10
Lance CompaLance Compa (Cornell) wrote this new report for the AFL-CIO on labor relations practices of European multinational companies in states of the American South.

aflcio.org/double-standard-report
Tom KochanBarbara DyerRead Tom Kochan and Barbara Dyer's (MIT) Boston Globe op-ed, “Why your hard work isn’t paying off the way it used to.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/06/18/why-your-hard-work-isn-paying-off-way-used/KyP4Slr9FwbDg7BuDL70oN/story.html
Tim BartikTim Bartik (Upjohn Institute) is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, “Missouri and Kansas near cease-fire on incentives.” Bartik: States and local governments spend a total about $45 billion annually on various economic incentives for businesses. Bartik has become the national media’s go-to source on publicly financed incentives and their discontents.

Here’s the WSJ article (subscription required).
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tired-of-fighting-for-business-missouri-and-kansas-near-cease-fire-deal-over-incentives-11561455003
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Get Involved

Cast your ballot for LERA Officers and Board Members by November 14, 2019. The LERA 2019 Election is open, and if you are a National LERA member and you haven’t voted yet, we encourage you to participate. Every vote counts, and you can also nominate potential leaders for the next election right on the ballot. Please nominate people who have the expertise and commitment to lead this organization forward. Only current National LERA members may vote, and you will find the candidate information here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/candidate-information-for-lera-2019-election.

Submit a session (or paper) proposal to the LERA Program Committee by November 15, 2019; here is the full call: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-call. The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” will happen June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, OR.

Make a contribution to the LERA 2019 Annual Fund Drive today. You should have received a letter in the mail, but you can go online and make a contribution anytime to support LERA! Your contributions help provide programs, services, and publications for the field of labor and employment relations. https://lera.memberclicks.net/contributions.

Registration is open for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
11/1/19 - Chicago LERA will present CBD and CBAs: Marijuana in the Workplace. This program will focus on the unionized workforce and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Illinois, including how these issues are being addressed in collective bargaining agreements, just cause discipline, and litigating and adjudicating marijuana use cases.
11/06/2019 - Boston LERA will feature Timothy Smith, Brigham and Women's Hospital Dept. of Neurosurgery, who will discuss reducing the impact of opioid misuse on the workplace.
11/06/19 - NorCal LERA (Sacramento) will conduct a business meeting to elect chapter officers and review their ByLaws.
11/12/19 - Join Philly LERA for a timely presentation on FMCS’ Relationships-by-Objective (RBO) program, which facilitates the restructuring of labor-management relationships plagued by frequent grievances, broken trust, poor communication, and/or a lack of a joint vision. RBO is an in-depth conflict resolution program designed to improve relationships by addressing training, communication and relationship needs within an organization.
11/18/19 - Maine LERA (Portland) explores marijuana use in the workplace. The presentation will focus on changes to the law and its effects upon the workplace, identifying substance abuse and impairment in the workplace, and laws governing drug testing.
11/18/19 - NJ LERA (Kenilworth) will present Trump's NLRB after Two Years. Current rule-making (election rules, grad student representation rights, joint employer), adoption of contract coverage standard in unilateral change cases, access rights of union organizers, and what now constitutes protected concerted activity will all be discussed.
11/20/2019 - VLERA (Virtual) will discuss the full spectrum of labor dispute resolution, with speakers Vanessa Bullock and Alan Symonette.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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Robert BrunoJoseph McCartinBob Bruno (Illinois Labor Education Program) and Joseph McCartin (Georgetown, Bargaining for the Common Good) weigh in on Chicago Teachers Union standoff with the city. Strike on tap?
https://bit.ly/2nEaY4e.

Bob is also quoted in this Associated Press story, “Unions' ‘social justice’ strategy may be tested,” about the looming Chicago teachers’ strike.: http://www.southernillinoisnow.com/2019/10/13/chicago-teachers-may-test-unions-social-justice-strategy/
Steven GreenhouseHere’s a labor-worker call-to-arms NY Times op-ed from Steven Greenhouse based on his new labor history-future book, Beaten Down, Worked Up. The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/03/opinion/sunday/labor-unions.html
Lawrence Mishel“Uber and Lyft Drivers run their own businesses? Give me a break,” by Larry Mishel (Economic Policy Institute) on CNN.com.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/07/24/perspectives/uber-lyft-employees-ab5/index.html
Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner’s (Minnesota) research on unions is cited in this Vox article.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/8/19/20727283/unions-good-income-inequality-wealth.

It and three other of his studies were cited in this new Hamilton Project brief: https://www.hamiltonproject.org/assets/files/UnionsEA_Web_8.19.pdf
Timothy BartikRead Timothy Bartik’s (Upjohn Institute) “Place-based jobs policies,” prepared for the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

https://research.upjohn.org/presentations/59/
Rebecca GivanRebecca Givan (Rutgers Center for Work and Health at the School of Management and Labor Relations) shares a new web tool for analyzing, slicing and dicing nurse union membership data. You can use this tool to visualize nurse union membership by demographic group and by state, and look at change over time. You can download any of the data, and create maps.

https://smlr.rutgers.edu/content/nurse-unionization-data-tool
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Cast your ballot for LERA Officers and Board Members by November 14, 2019. The LERA 2019 Election is open, and if you are a National LERA member and you haven’t voted yet, we encourage you to participate. Every vote counts, and you can also nominate potential leaders for the next election right on the ballot. Please nominate people who have the expertise and commitment to lead this organization forward. Only current National LERA members may vote, and you will find the candidate information here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/candidate-information-for-lera-2019-election.

Submit a session (or paper) proposal to the LERA Program Committee by November 15, 2019; here is the full call: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-call. The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” will happen June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, OR.

Make a contribution to the LERA 2019 Annual Fund Drive today. This week you should be receiving a letter in the mail, but you can go online and make a contribution anytime to support LERA! Your contributions help provide programs, services, and publications for the field of labor and employment relations. https://lera.memberclicks.net/contributions.

Registration is open for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved.

Chapter News
10/15/19 – Join COLERA (Columbus) for Janus Revisited. and luncheon. One year following the Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, more than 75 suits are pending on issues including dues deduction, maintenance of membership and exclusive representation. This panel discussion will focus on the effects of Janus on collective bargaining, employer proposals, arbitration and fact-finding awards/conciliation awards.
10/23/19 - Maryland LERA (Baltimore) will feature Shauna Payne Gold as they discuss Implicit Bias.
10/24/19 - VLERA (Virtual LERA) will discuss Policy and Practice in the Digital Era: Regulating Emerging Workplace Technologies.
10/30/19 - Join Detroit LERA to learn what is changing in defining employee relationships and how that impacts your workplace. Teamster's attorney Brad Raymond will discuss Independent Contractors or Employees? Defining New Employment Relationships.
10/31/19 - Houston LERA will discuss Negotiating Workplace Grievances:
What You Need to Know! Speakers from three perspectives will explore the various steps of the grievance process and how to increase the likelihood of settlement.
11/1/19 - Chicago LERA will present CBD and CBAs: Marijuana in the Workplace. This program will focus on the unionized workforce and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Illinois, including how these issues are being addressed in collective bargaining agreements, just cause discipline, and litigating and adjudicating marijuana use cases.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).

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Heidi ShierholzDavid WeilHeidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) writes about the scheduled rollback of overtime rules originally enacted when David Weil (Brandeis) was the Department of Labor’s wage and hour administrator. Shierholz comments: “leaves millions of workers behind."

https://www.epi.org/press/the-trump-administrations-overtime-rule-leaves-millions-of-workers-behind/
Steven GreenhouseJanice FineSteven Greenhouse (independent journalist) and Janice Fine (Rutgers) interviewed on labor’s challenges in 2019 on Sept. 16 on NPR’s news commentary show, “1A.”

https://the1a.org/shows/2019-09-16/labor-panel
Peter CappelliPeter Cappelli (Wharton) on LinkedIn, on less than meets the eye on employers paying for college for their employees.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-trend-employers-paying-college-decline-peter-cappelli/
KPRead about Kaiser Permanente's tentative deal with their unions, averting a scheduled strike from the Sacramento Bee.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article235465397.html
Aaron SojournerAaron Sojourner (Minnesota) discussing the economics of child care and child care policy on at a Wisconsin Institute podcast at the University of Wisconsin. Department of Economics at UW Madison. Labor Economics is one of his areas of study.

https://www.irp.wisc.edu/resource/aaron-sojourner-and-matt-wiswall-on-the-value-of-investments-in-quality-child-care/
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Registration is open for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Submit a session (or paper) proposal to the LERA Program Committee by November 15, 2019; here is the full call: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-call. The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” will happen June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, OR. 

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved. 

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Chapter News
October 1, 2019 – Central PA LERA will meet in Harrisburg, PA to discuss What ARE Arbitrators Looking For? What Do They NOT Want To See? Arbitrators Jane Rigler and William Lowe will share from experience what makes a winning case and what pitfalls to avoid. 
October 2, 2019 – VLERA (Virtual LERA) hosts Paul Whitehead on Oct. 2. As a former union’s lawyer, he’ll give his perspective on HRER’s role in mergers and acquisitions. Tune in from anywhere; details here.
October 4, 2019 – Chicago LERA is hosting Philip Miscimarra, former Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, to hear his Reflections on the NLRB in Chicago, IL.
October 7, 2019 – Join NJ LERA in Edison, NJ as they discuss current challenges and opportunities the parties face negotiating health benefits after the sun-setting of Chapter 78 in New Jersey: Health Care and the Public Sector – Where are We?
October 9, 2019 – Philadelphia LERA will meet in Philadelphia: Philly LERA October Dinner Program.
October 10, 2019 – Please join SF/Bay Area LERA for their Fall Intro for SF/Bay Area LERA in San Francisco, CA. LERA President Dennis Dabney from Kaiser Permanente will speak along with Jim Pruitt, also from Kaiser Permanente.
October 10, 2019 – OCLERA will discuss The Future of Labor Relations in Southern California in Anaheim, CA.
October 15, 2019 – Join COLERA in Columbus, OH for their October COLERA Luncheon.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).
 
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Gabrielle CarterisThe Screen Actors Guild union won an innovative contract. Union president Gabrielle Carteris, of “90210” tv fame, writes about it in the upcoming Perspectives on Work.

"Gains in theatrical residuals, greater rights for members in the areas of options & exclusivity, improved overtime rules for stunt performers and specific protections for members regarding harassment and auditions."
Tom KochanRead Tom Kochan’s (MIT) optimistic Labor Day message published in The Hill on Sept. 2.

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Harry KatzJim GrossHarry Katz and Jim Gross (Cornell) invite you to attend the Cornell ILR School conference "Labor and the U.S. Constitution: Past, Present, and Future. A conference to encourage creative thinking about the U.S. Constitution as a source of workers' rights. September 26-28, 2019. More information can be found here: www.ilr.cornell.edu/labor-and-the-constitution
Teresa GhilarducciJesse RothsteinTeresa Ghilarducci (New School) explains in the American Prospect article how the Earned Income Tax Credit, designed to assist low-wage workers, benefits low-wage employers at taxpayer expense. Jesse Rothstein (UC-Berkeley) is quoted.

https://prospect.org/article/whats-not-about-eitc-plenty-it-turns-out
David WeilDavid Weil (Brandeis) had an op-ed, “Call Uber and Lyft drivers what they are: Employees,” in the Los Angeles Times.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-weil-uber-lyft-employees-contractors-20190705-story.html
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Registration opens September 19 at 11am EDT for [email protected] 2020, January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Join us for 18 LERA sessions over three days. Visit our meeting page at https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-assa-meeting-january for complete details and how to register. LERA sessions can be viewed here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program_assa.asp

Submit a session (or paper) proposal to the LERA Program Committee by November 15, 2019; here is the full call: https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-call. The LERA 72nd Annual Meeting “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” will happen June 13-16, 2020 in Portland, OR. 

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LERAssn/). LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3700382/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LERassn)! This will help us reach others who may be interested in getting involved. 

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On Sep. 25, MD LERA will discuss lessons learned from building a collaborative labor relations model. Dinner and program to follow reception. 
Also on Sep. 25, the SF/Bay Area LERA will hold a Fall introductory event and mixer. RSVP here.
LERA Maine will conduct its Annual Fall Conference on Sep. 27. Details here.
Meet with RI LERA over breakfast on Sep. 27 as they discuss “On the Basis of Sex (with apologies to RBG)”. Details here.
Central PA LERA has announced its entire Fall lineup of speakers; the first is “What ARE Arbitrators Looking For? What Do They NOT Want To See?” on Oct. 1. Info here.
VLERA (Virtual LERA) hosts a former union’s lawyer who will give his perspective on HRER’s role in mergers and acquisitions on Oct. 2. Tune in from anywhere; details here.

Send chapter news and activities to Emily Smith (LERAoffice@illinois.edu).
 
Customized studies of labor market demographics, including population composition by income, age, education, race, gender, family and household structure, employment status, industrial and occupational composition, and the significance of industrial and occupational change over time, at the national, state, and local levels. If you would like to have such a study or information about  income/wage inequality call Oren M. Levin-Waldman at (914) 629-6351 and visit https://www.econlabor.com/. Or email at[email protected].

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