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When researchers at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) began studying the impact of union-management partnerships in public education, they discovered a remarkable trend. Schools that embraced collaborative leadership – in which administrators work together with teachers and their unions on curriculum, instructional practice, and policies – reported higher student achievement and lower teacher turnover than schools that employ top-down change. Impressively, collaboration achieved these positive results even in the poorest schools. Saul Rubinstein presents his... read more

News reporters turned to the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) for expert insight and reaction to a broad range of labor stories during the month of February. President Donald Trump’s first pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on February 15, spurring national coverage. Associate Professor Janice Fine weighed in for The Atlantic, while Distinguished Professor Sue Schurman talked to Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and Marketplace, a public radio program that airs on hundreds of stations across the country. “It was extraordinary that Trump... read more

SMLR Distinguished Professor Douglas Kruse’s latest book is now available, and it’s already caught the attention of a former White House budget director. Peter Orszag, who served as President Barack Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009-10) and director of the Congressional Budget Office (2007-08), wrote about Kruse’s work in a Bloomberg column published on February 22. The book, How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions?, documents a link between employee ownership and increased employment stability. It’s co-authored by Fidan Ana... read more

Bill Castellano, Ph.D., has taken on a new role as SMLR’s Associate Dean for External Engagement.   Bill previously served as Associate Dean and Executive Director of Executive and Professional Education (EPE). He will continue to lead EPE’s external engagement activities while adding oversight of SMLR’s marketing and communications office to his portfolio. He will develop synergies across departments and centers, and seek new opportunities to grow SMLR’s extension activities (face-to-face and online) by building on the research and fee-for-service programs that the school... read more

Congress and the Trump Administration can boost middle class incomes by incentivizing companies to adopt profit sharing and employee share ownership, two Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations professors wrote in a policy brief released this week by the centrist think tank Third Way and delivered to members of the U.S. House and Senate.  “Middle class wages and incomes have been generally flat or declining since the 1970s, while many of the economic gains have not been going to the working middle class,” said Joseph Blasi, the J. Robert Beyster Distinguished... read more