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June 5-9, 2017 Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA   Focus: Strengthening individual leadership for union and partner organizational leaders in the Mid-Atlantic states. Second week of three-week cohort which includes: personal leadership, organizational strength, and movement building. Partners/Sponsors: National AFL-CIO with curriculum developed with the labor education programs at Penn State University, Rutgers University/Labor Education Action Research Now (LEARN) and Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO), West Virginia University, and... read more

June 3, 2017   Focus: The panel brought together five leaders/activists to discuss how Bargaining for the Common Good strategies have been effectively implemented as part of the Fix LA Campaign and how it is spreading to San Diego and beyond.  Partners/Panelists: Stephen Lerner, Georgetown University—Origins and Significance of Bargaining for the Common Good Gilda Valdez, SEIU Local 721—A Model Common Good Case Study: A Local Union Perspective of The Fix LA Campaign Rev. William Smart, Southern Christian Leadership Conference—A Model Common Good Case Study: A... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 2, 2017) – In a randomized field experiment of close to 4,000 requests for Airbnb rentals nationwide, people with disabilities were less likely to be preapproved and more likely to be rejected outright, researchers at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations revealed today. The findings raise questions about the reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the accessibility of services in the sharing economy.  “People with disabilities have a history of social exclusion,” said Lead Researcher Mason Ameri, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at the... read more

June 2, 2017 Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, CA   Focus: The session highlighted the successful campaigns in Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago between unions and worker centers and how these partnerships can be replicated in other areas around the country. Partners/Panelists: Benjamin Aaron Kreider, Brandeis University—Lessons from the Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative in Boston Lola Smallwood Cuevas, LA Black Worker Center—Building the LA Black Worker Center and Campaigns for Entry and Equity in the Construction Trades Sheheryar Kaohsiung, Warehouse Workers Resource... read more

Rutgers University SMLR Ceremony null More than 450 SMLR students joined their family, friends, professors, and additional members of the SMLR community at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on May 13, 2017 to celebrate a milestone—the completion of their degrees. The event, which marked the school’s 14th annual Convocation, recognized the 890 total graduates from the school this academic year.  SMLR Dean James C. Hayton led the ceremony by first acknowledging the more than 3,000 attendees. “I want to thank all of the friends and family members for the love and support you... read more