Over 120 participants from national and local labor unions as well as racial and social justice community organizations gathered during March 29-31, 2017 at the Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring, MD. The convening was hosted by a steering committee of representatives from labor and community organizations, including Rutgers School of Management Labor Relations’ Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, the Action Center on Race and the Economy, and Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. The conference... read more

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vermont) cited SMLR research when co-sponsoring a legislative package to boost employee ownership. Studies led by Distinguished Professors Joseph Blasi, the J. Robert Beyster Professor, and Douglas Kruse, the J. Robert Beyster Faculty Fellow, reveal that employee ownership increases company productivity by 4 percent, shareholder returns by 2 percent, and profits by 14 percent. Read the press release here.          The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research published How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the... read more

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) named Adrienne Eaton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, a 2017 LERA Fellow in recognition of her research on union and worker participation in management decision-making; neutrality and card check agreements in union organizing; and other key labor issues. She accepted the award at LERA’s 69th annual conference in Anaheim, California on June 3.            Eileen Applebaum, former Director of the Center for Women and Work, and John F.... read more

The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian (UK), and more than 40 other publications on five continents wrote about a SMLR-led study of accessibility in the sharing economy. The research by Mason Ameri, IRHR ’17, Sean Rogers, IRHR ’13, Professor Lisa Schur, and Distinguished Professor Douglas Kruse found that many Airbnb hosts close the door on people with disabilities.   Joseph Blasi, the J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, wrote two op-eds for Fortune based on his employee ownership research: How Southwest Airlines and Others are Creating a New Breed of... read more

Shiloh Butterworth, LER '15 helped to institute a paid wellness leave program at his Oregon-based engineering firm, PAE. The program enables employees to receive up to six weeks of full pay while bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill loved one. Read more about Butterworth and PAE in this Inc. article.         Monika Navandar, MHRM '13 received a Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award at the World HRD Congress' 25th Anniversary Conference in Mumbai, India. She was a Keynote Speaker as well as a Moderator in the Diversity... read more