Associate Dean and Director, Undergraduate and Masters Programs in Labor and Employment Relations
Professor Paula Voos' latest published research concerns the consequences of union representation of graduate student employees. Along with coauthors Adrienne Eaton and Sean Rogers, she found that such representation does not hurt the faculty-student relationship or academic freedom, and it results in greater student satisfaction with economic outcomes. Other recent research involves the role of attitudes and emotions in whether or not employees vote for the union in a representation election; the impact on stock prices of union certification based on majority sign-up; and the appropriate measurement of IR systems in OECD countries along the dimensions of both equity and efficiency. Earlier research explores the determinants of union bargaining power, its evolution over time in the U.S., and the implications for future union revitalization. Her first published work estimates the costs and benefits of union organizing programs from the perspective of the union’s current members.
Professor Voos is a public member of the New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission. She is a past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the editor of that Associations’ 1994 research volume, Contemporary Collective Bargaining in the United States. She has served on the Ford – United Autoworkers Voluntary Employee Benefit Association’s Board of Trustees, on NJ’s Benefits Review Task Force in 2005, and on the federal Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations (the Dunlop Commission) in 1994. She came to Rutgers from the University of Wisconsin in 1998, where she directed the Industrial Relations Research Institute.
Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Public Service Member of NJ PERC
Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Perspectives on Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Economics of the Employment Relations
Issues in Work: Avoid Sexual Harrassment
Introductory Seminar in labor and Employment Relations
Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
Seminar in Industrial Relations: A Survey of Scholarly Literature
Harvard University, Ph.D. Economics
Portland State University, MA Economics
Whitman College, AB English
Steven E. Abraham, Adrienne E. Eaton, and Paula B. Voos, “Card Check Recognition: Resulting Labor Relations and Investor Reaction,” in Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, ed. by Bruce Kaufman and David Lewin. Vol. 17 (2009), pp. 1-30.
Steven E. Abraham and Paula B. Voos, “Investors’ Assessment of California’s Health Insurance Act of 2003,” Industrial Relations, Vol. 47, No. 2 (April, 2008), pp. 209-228.
Haejin Kim and Paula B. Voos, “The Korean Economic Crisis and Working Women,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 37, No. 2, (May 2007), pp. 190-208.
Dale Belman and Paula B. Voos, “High Wages and Union Decline: Evidence from the Construction Industry,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 60, No. 1 (Oct. 2006), pp. 67-87
Current initiatives involve working with two different SMLR research teams. One project concerns the consequences of union representation of teaching/research assistants in higher education (with Professor Adrienne Eaton and PhD student Sean Rogers). Another project involves the way union representation interacts with employee ownership or other forms of “shared capitalism” (With Professors Adrienne Eaton, Doug Kruse, and Joseph Blasi and Phd student John McCarthy). A final ongoing initiative involves extending recently published research on how equity markets react to unions created through majority sign-up; here the goal is to measure that same reaction to representation election victories after organizing campaigns of different lengths. The purpose of this last study would be to inform contemporary debates over labor law reform.
Employment Relations Theory