SMLR’s Center for Work and Health and Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) co-sponsored a conference, What’s Next for Healthcare in New Jersey? was held on June 16th at Rutgers Labor Education Center. Several leading guest speakers led an exploration of the rising cost of healthcare in the Garden State, how it affects collective bargaining, what other states are doing to fix the problem, and what we can do here in New Jersey. View highlights from this event:     Dr. Adrienne Eaton, SMLR Acting Dean... read more

June 9, 2017 Howard University, Washington, DC   Focus: The panel addressed how women—as the majority of low-wage workers, and who comprise 47% of union members, offer enormous potential to organize a platform for the resistance. Specifically, how the workers’ movement can harness the outrage that women displayed during the Women’s March and impact the current political landscape to benefit workers and improve workers’ rights. Partners/Panelists: Lane Windham, Associate Director and WILL Empower Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University Sheri Davis-... read more

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