Paula B. Voos

Director, Undergraduate Programs in Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
M.A., Economics, Portland State University
A.B., English, Whitman College
 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08903
  • Labor economics
  • Employment relations theory
  • Labor relations

Professor Paula Voos' latest published research concerns the consequences of union representation of graduate student employees. Along with coauthors Adrienne Eaton and Sean Rogers, she found that such representation does not hurt the faculty-student relationship or academic freedom, and it results in greater student satisfaction with economic outcomes. Other recently published research involved the role of attitudes and emotions on how employees vote in representation elections; another study investigated whether recent changes in representation election procedure led to different outcomes in airline/railway elections. Currently she is working on three projects. One involves the impact of new Right-to-Work laws in several states on shareholders wealth. Another involves how unions can use assessments of voting intent in organizing campaigns. The third is a new study of graduate student attitudes in private universities regarding relationships with faculty advisors. Her first published work estimates the costs and benefits of union organizing programs from the perspective of the union’s current members.

Professor Voos is a public member of the New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission. She is a past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the editor of that Associations’ 1994 research volume, Contemporary Collective Bargaining in the United States. She has served on the Ford – United Autoworkers Voluntary Employee Benefit Association’s Board of Trustees, on NJ’s Benefits Review Task Force in 2005, and on the federal Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations (the Dunlop Commission) in 1994. She came to Rutgers from the University of Wisconsin in 1998, where she directed the Industrial Relations Research Institute.

Research Initiatives: Current initiatives involve working with two different SMLR research teams. One project concerns the consequences of union representation of teaching/research assistants in higher education (with Professor Adrienne Eaton and Ph.D. student Sean Rogers). Another project involves the way union representation interacts with employee ownership or other forms of “shared capitalism” (With Professors Adrienne Eaton, Doug Kruse, and Joseph Blasi and Ph.D. student John McCarthy). A final ongoing initiative involves extending recently published research on how equity markets react to unions created through majority sign-up; here the goal is to measure that same reaction to representation election victories after organizing campaigns of different lengths. The purpose of this last study would be to inform contemporary debates over labor law reform.

Steven E. Abraham, Adrienne E. Eaton, and Paula B. Voos, “Card Check Recognition:  Resulting Labor Relations and Investor Reaction,” in Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, ed. by Bruce Kaufman and David Lewin. Vol. 17 (2009), pp. 1-30.

Steven E. Abraham and Paula B. Voos, “Investors’ Assessment of California’s Health Insurance Act of 2003,” Industrial Relations, Vol. 47, No. 2 (April, 2008), pp. 209-228.

Haejin Kim and Paula B. Voos, “The Korean Economic Crisis and Working Women,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 37, No. 2, (May 2007), pp. 190-208.

Dale Belman and Paula B. Voos, “High Wages and Union Decline:  Evidence from the Construction Industry,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 60, No. 1 (Oct. 2006), pp. 67-87

Undergraduate: Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Undergraduate: Perspectives on Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Undergraduate: Economics of the Employment Relations
Undergraduate: Issues in Work: Avoid Sexual Harrassment
Masters: Introductory Seminar in labor and Employment Relations
Masters: Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
Ph.D.: Seminar in Industrial Relations: A Survey of Scholarly Literature
  • Public Service Member of NJ PERC