By Steve Flamisch Governor Phil Murphy, “a darn proud public school product,” speaks at an education conference hosted by the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Attracting the jobs and businesses of tomorrow and growing the state’s economy begins with strong public schools, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told a gathering of more than 250 educators at Rutgers University—New Brunswick on Tuesday. “Our public schools are one of New Jersey’s greatest built-in advantages and will be a critical part of our renewal and resurgence,”... read more

In late February 2018, the "Bargaining for the Common Good in Higher Education Convening” brought together over 200 labor, community and racial justice leaders representing 50 campuses across the country to strategize about common good bargaining and organizing. The convening included sessions about the theory and strategy of how to build the power to win and transform our campaigns into broader community fights, and how to wage inspiring common good campaigns that connect workers more deeply to their union and increase membership in preparation for the Janus Decision. Cohorts of... read more

By Steve Flamisch February 23, 2018 Published in Rutgers Today   On Feb. 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in a case that could drastically change the way public sector unions operate in New Jersey and 21 other states. Dubbed “the biggest labor case of the century” by The Washington Post, Janus v. AFSCME could decide whether unions may continue to charge mandatory “agency fees” to all public employees. Adrienne Eaton, interim dean and professor in the Rutgers School of Management... read more

Report Authors: Rebecca Kolins Givan and Pamela Whitefield   In the past few years, public schools in Vermont have been at the center of far-reaching policy debates and numerous administrative changes. Key initiatives have included a massive reorganization of schools and school districts, the restructuring of employees’ benefits, and proposals to reduce educators’ rights on the job. All of this upheaval is taking place in the context of a growing statewide opioid epidemic, rising student loan debt and increasing economic insecurity and child poverty.   ... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 5, 2018) – The number of New Jersey adults taking the high school equivalency test plunged from nearly 17,000 in 2013 to fewer than 9,000 in 2015 and 2016 after the exam underwent sweeping changes, according to a report by the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The number of New Jerseyans who passed the test and received a diploma dropped from nearly 11,000 to fewer than 5,000 during that same span. (Full report here) “This does not bode well for the state’s poorest residents,” said Karen White, Director of... read more