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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 16, 2019) – Police officers, teachers, healthcare workers, and other government employees have contributed to a 25 percent increase in public sector union membership across New Jersey over the last three decades, according to a report issued today by the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The report finds private sector union membership has gone in the opposite direction, plunging more than 40 percent since the late 80’s except for strong growth in the construction industry. “Employer... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 8, 2019) – President Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule with the goal of reducing abortions, but new research suggests the policy could do the opposite. A study by Rutgers University Professor Yana Rodgers finds that women in Latin America and Africa were up to three times more likely to have an abortion when the rule was in effect under President George W. Bush. The findings appear in Rodgers’ new book, The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health, published by Oxford University Press. “The global gag rule causes more... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 6, 2018) – The New Jersey/New York Center for Employee Ownership at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and the Democracy at Work Institute today announced a new program to help organizations increase engagement and productivity by giving a voice to rank-and-file workers. Modeled on the successful strategies used by many employee-owned companies, the Participatory Management Certificate Program can help businesses boost their bottom line. “When employees participate in decision-making and understand how their organization creates... read more

  Left to right: Janice Fine, Paula Voos, Elaine Zundl,  Jane Fonda, Deb Lancaster, Yarrow Willman-Cole (with daughter Breesa), Ludine Daux, Georgia Mellos By Steve Flamisch For millions of low-wage earners, paying the rent and putting food on the table depends on what their customers scribble at the bottom of the receipt: the tip. The law permits employers in 43 states to pay restaurant servers, massage therapists, nail salon attendants, and other tipped workers a subminimum wage. In New Jersey, the suggested rate is $2.13 per hour—less than... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 25, 2018) – New Jersey’s earned sick leave law will cover more than illness and injury when it takes effect on Monday. The Rutgers Center for Women and Work at the School of Management and Labor Relations today highlighted a provision that allows employees to use paid time off for treatment and services related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. “This is a critically important part of the law that should not be overlooked,” said Debra Lancaster, Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. “One in four women and one in seven... read more