Research on LSER

In recent years, the United States has experienced a long-term decline in the membership and power of traditional unions and of the collective bargaining model that has been the cornerstone of their strategy for improving the lives of workers. While the faculty of the Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER) Department at Rutgers University explore, through their teaching, research and service, the shoring up of traditional unions and collective bargaining, they have also collectively produced the largest body of scholarship of alternative models of organizing and representing workers. This scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals and books. It has been pulled together for the first time here as an electronic publication.

Below is a selection of writings by LSER members with live links to several publications.


TitleAuthor(s)Publication Date


Misclassification: Workers in the Borderland

David Bensman 


"Lost Ways of Unionism: Historical Perspectives on Reinventing the Labor Movement."

Dorothy Sue Cobble2001


"Wearing Two Hats: The Unionization of Public Sector Supervisors."

Adrienne E. Eaton

Paula B. Voos



"Managerial Unionism: Prospects and Forms."

Adrienne E. Eaton

Paula B. Voos



"Worker Centers:Organizing at the Edge of a Dream."
Janice Fine



"Community Unions and the Revival of the American Labor Movement."Janice Fine2005


"Organizations, Networks and Movements."Charles Heckscher2005/2006


"Worker Ownership and Collaborative Production."Charles Heckscher2013


"From Bureaucracy to Networks."Charles Heckscher2015


"Transient Solidarities: Commitment and Collective Action in Post-Industrial Societies."

Charles Heckscher2014


"Why Teachers Unions Make Such Useful Scapegoats."Rebecca Kolins Givan2014


"Unions as Value-Adding Networks: Possibilities for the Future of U.S. Unionism."Saul A. Rubinstein2001


"Effects of Unionization on Graduate Student Employees: Faculty--Student Relations, Academic Freedom, and Pay."Adrienne E. Eaton

Paula B. Voos



"IRRA Presidential Address."Paula B. Voos2004