By Steve Flamisch Esther Peterson isn’t a household name like Susan B. Anthony or Rosa Parks, but she should be.           Courtesy Dorothy Sue Cobble Esther Peterson teaches a public affairs class for union workers in 1958.     A one-time teacher and union organizer, Peterson served as the highest-ranking woman in John F. Kennedy’s White House and established the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She was the driving force behind the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and an... read more

ORLANDO, Fla. - Unchecked wage theft, in the form of employers failing to pay employees the minimum wage, could keep countless Floridians from sharing in the anticipated benefits of Amendment 2’s gradual $15 minimum wage boost, according to a new report from Florida Policy Institute (FPI) and Rutgers University’s Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO). In Florida Policymakers Need to Reassess How the Minimum Wage is Enforced, FPI and CIWO find that, in the 14-year period following Florida’s 2005 minimum wage increase, roughly 17 percent of low-wage workers in Florida — or... read more

By Steve Flamisch Tamara Lee worries about incremental change getting in the way of real progress. Nichelle Carpenter fears back-patting the baby steps will make it harder to complete the marathon. And Kyra Leigh Sutton wonders when employers will finally back-up their supportive tweets with meaningful improvements in policy and practice.          Credit: Alex Bershaw SMLR’s Tamara Lee leads the “March for Stolen Lives and Looted Dreams” in New York on June 6, 2020. SMLR experts on Diversity... read more

By Steve Flamisch           Reuther Library, Wayne State University William Lucy was just 34 when he returned to his hometown of Memphis to help the striking sanitation workers in 1968.   When two sanitation workers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck in Memphis, Tennessee in February 1968, the city’s fed-up public works employees went on strike to demand safer working conditions and higher wages.  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal... read more

By Steve Flamisch When Douglas Kruse suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash with a drunk driver, he and his wife, Lisa Schur, found a new calling in their academic research. They began studying the many social and economic barriers facing people with disabilities—especially when it comes to getting a job. Thirty years later, they’ve achieved a global milestone. A new study by the University of Málaga, Spain, published in the journal Business Research Quarterly, reveals Rutgers is “the most prolific institution” for scholarship on disability and work.... read more