SMLR Faculty and Staff Share Expertise on Racial Justice and the Workplace

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations faculty and staff are sharing their expertise on racism at work, the power of police unions, and the nationwide protests.


Thanks to Trump, U.S. no longer in denial of racism
November 2, 2020
The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Naomi R Williams, who says President Trump has emboldened many white Americans to be open about their racism.

Thousands of food workers walk off the job in a “Strike for Black Lives”
July 17, 2020
The Counter reports a coalition of trade unions and progressive organizations are demanding justice for Black Americans, quoting Naomi R Williams

Reparations for slavery are back on the table. Here's how likely it is lawmakers take action on them and what it could mean.
July 14, 2020
Insider explores the history of reparations and the renewed call for congressional action, quoting Naomi R Williams

A Summer Reading List for an Unprecedented Time 
July 14, 2020 
Rutgers Today asks Christopher Hayes and Naomi R Williams to recommend books on racial justice. 

NJ Push to Order Disclosures of ‘Bad Apple’ Police Officers Hits Court Roadblocks
July 9, 2020
NJ Spotlight reports a New Jersey appeals court temporarily froze the state attorney general’s order, quoting Christopher Hayes.  

Big labor’s structural racism is bigger than the problem with police unions
July 6, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed by Tamara Lee about racial inequities in unions and collective bargaining.

Should You Really Put Protesting On Your Résumé?
June 26, 2020 
HuffPost asks Kyra Leigh Sutton about her advice to jobseekers participating in Black Lives Matter protests.

Racial unrest shines spotlight on industry diversity issues
June 26, 2020
Supermarket News reports on workplace diversity in the food retail industry, quoting Hazel-Anne Johnson-Marcus on the “sticky floors” that keep workers of color from advancing to management positions.

Rutgers enhances programs to elevate women, people of color to leadership roles
June 24, 2020
ROI-NJ reports the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization is leveling up two of its programs, quoting Sheri Davis and Marilyn Sneiderman.

Talent leaders say the world's largest HR organization whiffed on defending Black Americans. The CEO says that he represents all workers - and that the business world is just waking up to a problem he's known his own life 
June 22, 2020
Business Insider interviews Hazel-Anne Johnson-Marcus about SHRM’s strong diversity and inclusion resources and areas for growth.

Philly’s police union spent decades amassing power. Reforms could cut its clout
June 19, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Francis Ryan about the history of the city’s powerful Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5.

Employers Must ‘Tread Lightly’ With Social Media Protest Posts
June 17, 2020
Bloomberg Law examines the legality of firing employees for what they post when they’re not at work, quoting Tamara Lee.

HR Expert Highlights Actionable Steps to 'Make Real Change' Against Racism in Your Workplace
June 17, 2020
PEOPLE Magazine features Kyra Leigh Sutton in its series, Voices from the Fight Against Racism.

14 Fort Worth police officers appealed firings since 2014. Half won their jobs back
June 16, 2020
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram investigates why so many police officers get their job back after being fired, quoting Tamara Lee on the role of police unions.

Why you should include protesting in both your cover letter and resume, according to an HR expert
June 15, 2020
Business Insider publishes an op-ed by Kyra Leigh Sutton, who argues that peaceful protesting signals your values and demonstrates transferable skills.

'They don't belong': calls grow to oust police from US labor movement
June 11, 2020
The Guardian (UK) interviews Christopher Hayes, who says police unions “look out almost entirely for themselves.”

Workplace expert: Why managers are big now, senior leaders will be important later
June 8, 2020
ROI-NJ interviews Kyra Leigh Sutton about how to support employees during the national protests for racial justice.

Do you believe black New Yorkers now?
June 6, 2020
The New York Daily News publishes an op-ed by Christopher Hayes on the history of police brutality and racial inequality in the city.

How protests spurred Corporate America into action on race, inequality
June 6, 2020
Yahoo Finance reports several top companies have joined virtual campaigns against police brutality and racism, quoting Kyra Leigh Sutton.

George Floyd Survived The Coronavirus. Then The Police Killed Him.
June 5, 2020
HuffPost writes about many threats facing black Americans, quoting Tamara Lee.

Can You Lose Your Job For Participating In Protests?
June 5, 2020
HuffPost reports on how to minimize your risk of getting fired, quoting Kyra Leigh Sutton.

America at war with itself
June 4, 2020
Capital Weekly (Bulgaria) reports on racial tensions in the U.S., quoting Christopher Hayes.

Seven reforms needed now to loosen the grip of the Minneapolis Police Federation on the city it is holding hostage
June 3, 2020
Minnesota Reformer publishes an op-ed by Javier Morillo, a research fellow in the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Vydia in Holmdel to close Tuesday as part of reflection on racism
June 2, 2020
The Asbury Park Press reports a local technology company is joining the nationwide protest, quoting Christopher Hayes.

Why Gabrielle Union’s Experience At “America’s Got Talent” Resonated With Many Black Women
June 2, 2020
Supermajority News interviews Sheri Davis of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization about uneven enforcement of anti-discrimination policies and why it should never be solely on women of color to speak up about injustice.

America’s inequalities burst into the open
June 1, 2020
Financial Times (UK) quotes Christopher Hayes and mentions his forthcoming book about the 1964 police killing of a black New York City teenager.