UMass Amherst Labor Center has opened applications for their new, accelerated master's degree in Labor Studies
The Executive Committee, after consultation with the LAWCHA Board of Directors, has approved the following statement encouraging ALL FACULTY to exercise their right to collective bargaining. The statement was drafted by the Contingent Faculty Committee in response to the recent statement by the Organization of American Historians recommending collective bargaining for adjunct and contingent faculty. The full LAWCHA statement with supporting appendices is here: http://lawcha.org/wordpress/2016/12/17/lawcha-statement-collective-bargaining-faculty/. Please circulate.
LAWCHA Statement on Collective Bargaining for All Faculty
The Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) applauds and endorses the Organization of American Historians (OAH) “Statement on Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent History Faculty.”
According to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and in the Professions, roughly 25 percent of all college and university faculty in the United States were represented by labor unions in 2011. Studies of faculty collective bargaining agreements, and testimony from faculty who belong to labor unions, indicate that both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty benefit from participating in collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining improves shared governance for all faculty by increasing budget transparency, and by creating agreements over faculty salaries and working conditions that tend to be more specific and legally binding than faculty codes. (See Appendix)
The material benefits of collective bargaining are also significant. A 2012 survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce found that contingent faculty represented by labor unions have a median wage that is 25 percent higher than their non-union peers, as well as substantially increased access to health benefits, retirement plans, seniority rights and paid service. In addition, a study of collective bargaining’s impact on part-time lecturers has shown that it creates “better working conditions that structurally support educational quality.”
THEREFORE LAWCHA strongly encourages all faculty to exercise their right to bargain collectively with their employers, encourages other professional associations to support this right, and encourages colleges and universities to remain neutral when faculty discuss whether to join labor unions and which unions to join.*
APPROVED by LAWCHA Executive Committee December 11, 2016 after consultation with the Board of Directors
James N. Gregory
Professor, Department of History
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3560
President, Labor and Working Class History Association http://lawcha.org/
Dear ASA member,
The Political Economy of the World-System section (PEWS) is conducting a study to help us improve our section. As a part of that, we are distributing a survey to ASA members who may have substantive interests that are congruent with those of our section. We would appreciate and value your honest evaluation of our section. The survey is brief and should only take you about 5 minutes to complete. Your answers will be strictly anonymous and confidential. Please respond by December 15. Here is the link to the survey:
Thank you in advance for your time and attention. I apologize for any cross-postings.
John M. Talbot
Chair, Political Economy of the World System section
of the American Sociological Association
Beverly Silver has kindly accepted our invitation to attend the P&L October Workshop of 2017 as our keynote speaker (remember that we are not having a workshop this year). The workshop will be held in Naples at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th, and Friday 20th October.
The local organisers are Enrica Morlicchio and Fortunato Musella, who have busied themselves (bless them) with booking rooms, findings funds to cover Beverly’s plane and accommodation and some accommodation for the out-of-towners. With luck we might find a tad more money -- and if you know where, let me know. They are also organising a visit to the Officina Gomitoli, a local intercultural centre that has been occupied with newly arriving refugees.
The broad and tentative outline of the workshop program is:
Tuesday (17th): Arrival.
Wednesday: Keynote session with Silver; “P&L chats with Silver;” Visit to the Officina Gomitoli.
Thursday: All day session: “War, Migrations, & Labour.”
Friday: All day session: “Mezzogiorni”
Saturday (21st): Departure.
Please note that some members from outside Italy have already expressed their intention to come. They include Roland Erne, Doro Bohle, Johan De Deken, Alan Stoleroff, Marco Lisi.
I ask you to please continue to let me know if you are hoping to come (whether from Italy or outside), as this will help us estimate the accommodation costs. Please also remember that we cannot cover travel costs.
Book Announcement: When Solidarity Works: Labor-Civic Networks and Welfare States in the Market Reform Era (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Cheol-Sung Lee, When Solidarity Works: Labor-Civic Networks and Welfare States in the Market Reform Era (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Why do some labor movements successfully defend the welfare state even under the pressures of neo-liberal market reform? Why do some unions (and their allied parties and civic associations) succeed in building more universal and comprehensive social policy regimes, while others fail to do so? In this innovative work, Cheol-Sung Lee explores these conundrums through a comparative historical analysis of four countries: Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and Taiwan. He introduces the notion of 'embedded cohesiveness' in order to develop an explanatory model in which labor-civic solidarity and union-political party alliance jointly account for outcomes of welfare state retrenchment as well as welfare state expansion. Lee's exploration of the critical roles of civil society and social movement processes in shaping democratic governance and public policies make this ideal for academic researchers and graduate students in comparative politics, political sociology and network analysis.
Ph.D position attached to Global Production and Labour Standards Research Project
A project involving teams from UNSW (Australia), Freie U (Germany), U Gothenburg (Sweden), LSE (UK), and BRAC (Bangladesh) will be conducting a study whose title is ‘Changes in the Governance of Garment Global Production Networks: Lead Firm, Supplier and Institutional Responses to the Rana Plaza Disaster.’The project will analyze changes in lead firm policies and practices in selected developed countries and changes in actual labor and environmental standards in Bangladeshi factories that supply garments to lead firms in these countries.
A Ph.D position will be funded by the project for 3 years with the possibility of extension until completion of the degree. The Ph.D topic will be aligned with the project and will be undertaken within UNSW Business School in Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Steve Frenkel. An annual stipend of approximately AUD $25,000 (depending on exchange rates) will be paid. The position is available from January, 2016.
Candidates should have an excellent undergraduate and/or Masters’ record and evidence of research capability.
Candidates should submit an expression of interest (maximum one page) and a curriculum vita to email@example.com by 15 Sept., 2015. Names and contact details of two referees should be included.
The latest issue of the ILR Review is now available at the link below, with free downloads. It features a special cluster of articles on skill shortages and skill gaps in the US and abroad and their contribution to unemployment and economic recovery.
Rose Batt and Larry Kahn, Editors
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March 2015; Vol. 68, No. 2
Skill Shortages, Mismatches, and Structural Unemployment: A Symposium
Lawrence M. Kahn
Skill Gaps, Skill Shortages, and Skill Mismatches: Evidence and Arguments for the United States
Peter H. Cappelli
Is Skill Mismatch Impeding U.S. Economic Recovery?
Katharine G. Abraham
A Road Map to Vocational Education and Training in Industrialized Countries
Werner Eichhorst, Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Ricarda Schmidl, and Klaus F. Zimmermann
Internal Labor Markets Under External Market Pressures
How Institutional and Organizational Characteristics Explain the Growth of Contingent Work in China
Efficiency in Employee-Owned Enterprises: An Econometric Case Study of Mondragon
Saioa Arando, Monica Gago, Derek C. Jones, and Takao Kato
High-Performance Work Practices and Core Employee Wages: Evidence from Italian Manufacturing Plants
Francesca Sgobbi and Gian Carlo Cainarca
Book Review: Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
Book Review: The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism
Book Review: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
James B. Rebitzer
Book Review: Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules
Matthew M. Piszczek
Call for Papers
The ASA Student Forum Advisory Board (SFAB) would like to invite students to submit their papers for participation in the 2015 Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL. Papers are peer reviewed and up to five papers will be selected to present in one of two paper sessions. Those who are not selected will be considered for round table session. This year the theme of the conference is Sexualities and we encourage student to submit on the topic theme (though it is not necessary).
Each year the SFAB also selects a paper award winner out of the collection of papers we receive. The winner receives a $100 award upon notification and a $225 Student Forum travel award to help defray travel expenses to the Annual Meeting.
The online paper submission portal is now open and will be until the ( ) deadline. For more information about the award, submissions, and funding available to students please visit our webpage:http://www.asanet.org/students/forum.cfm
Call for Reviewers
The ASA SFAB team would like to invite students and faculty members to volunteer as reviewers for this year’s student paper submissions. Papers are peer reviewed and each year up to five papers are selected to be in one of two paper sessions. Those who are not selected will be considered for round table session. This year the theme of the conference is Sexualities, and we encourage students to submit on the topic theme (though it is not necessary).
Each year the SFAB also selects a paper award winner, based on reviewer input, out of the collection of papers we receive. The winner receives a $100 award upon notification and a $225 Student Forum travel to help defray travel expenses to the Annual Meeting.
The 2015 online paper submission portal is now open and will remain open until the deadline on January 7, 2015 at 3pm EST. Reviewers will need to be available between mid-January and the end of February for the process. New this year is an invitation to faculty members that would also like to volunteer their time to review. This was added in order to make our internal review process more rigorous and provide additional support to those students who wish to publish in the future.
If you are interested please see the attached form and peer review document and return to Nicole MacInnis no later than January 15, 2015. For more information about the award, submissions, peer review, paper processes, and funding available to students please visit our webpage http://www.asanet.org/students/forum.cfm.
Please feel free to pass the call for papers and call for reviewers to anyone interested, both students and faculty members. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nicole.
Enjoy your winter break,
The Student Forum Advisory Panel
Please support striking Korean railroad workers and the broader Korean labor movement against anti-democratic repression
Hi Labor Section folks,
Korean colleagues have asked for pressure on the South Korean government to end their brutal repression against the rail strike there. More information below, or go straight to the online petition athttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-striking-korean-railroad-workers-and-the
If you are not based in the US, there is also a global version of the petition; link at the bottom of this email.
PLEASE SUPPORT STRIKING KOREAN RAILROAD WORKERS AND THE BROADER KOREAN LABOR MOVEMENT AGAINST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REPRESSION
On December 22, 2013 a force of 5,000 South Korean police, without a warrant, attacked the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the larger and more progressive of Korea’s two union federations, and arrested 135 persons who attempted to block their entry. The background is that the South Korean government of Park Gyeun-He recently announced a unilateral decision to privatize part of the Korean railway system, KORAIL. Despite widespread opposition, KORAIL refused to engage in social dialogue about the decision. In response, the Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU) went on strike December 9. The government immediately fired 8,565 workers, declared the strike illegal, and issued arrest warrants for 194 KRWU members, including the leaders. They believed KRWU leaders to be hiding in the KCTU headquarters, and despite not being issued a warrant by a judge, sent police to enter the building by force. (No KRWU leaders were found.)
More details on the events can be found in a PDF document sent by South Korea’s People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, a mass democratic coalition in the Republic of Korea, to the UN Human Rights Office. The document can be accessed in a Dropbox at:
Although there was a similar railway strike in 2009, this is the first raid on the KCTU office since its establishment in 1995, and it is an extremely serious attack on democracy and freedom of association in the Republic of Korea.
We therefore call on United States-based supporters of labor rights to:
(1) Sign the petition found below and online athttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-striking-korean-railroad-workers-and-the , condemning the attack and calling for dialogue, to be sent to President Park Gyeun-He and KORAIL executives with a copy to People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy.
(2) Through your organization, organize further statements or actions taking a similar stand.
Stop harsh attacks on the Korea Rail Union and other unions, open a social dialogue on rail privatization
Republic of Korea President Park Gyeun-Hee
Executives of Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL)
Dear President Park and leaders of Korea Railroad Corporation:
We are labor scholars, trade union officials and members, community and labor activists, and other concerned individuals from the United States. It has come to our attention that the government of the Republic of Korea has unilaterally announced a decision to privative part of the Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), rejecting widespread calls for social dialogue. When the Korea n Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU) responded by going on strike, KORAIL fired over 8500 workers and the government issued arrest warrants for 194 KRWU members. On December 22, 2013, a large group of police violently attacked the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and arrested 135 people, without a judge’s warrant to enter the property. This is a deeply disturbing violation of labor rights and human rights, and a blow against democracy in Republic of Korea.
We call on the government of the Republic of Korea to recognize the railway workers’ right to strike, to free those arrested, to desist from further violent action against Korean trade unions, and to open an investigation of human rights and civil rights abuses during the attack on the KCTU headquarters. We call on KORAIL to negotiate in good faith with the KRWU, and we call on KORAIL and the government of the Republic of Korea to initiate a broad social dialogue on the issue of privatization of rail service.
Global version of the petition at:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-striking-korean-railroad-workers-and-the-2
I was asked by several members who received this email to send it to the entire section list. The Labor Research and Action Network is a great organization and I encourage you all to get involved. Here's a link to learn more: http://lranetwork.org/
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, UCSC Center for Labor Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
You are one of 240 academics in the Labor Research Action Network, a significant number for an organization less than four years old. But we need greater participation of academics to achieve LRAN’s goals.
The LRAN outreach committee has been discussing increasing the participation of academics in LRAN by contacting potential members through academic associations. Are you involved in an academic association with members who might be interested in LRAN? Would you be willing to encourage participation in LRAN by sending an email to association members, posting information on the website, or scheduling a panel discussion at the association’s next meeting?
We hope you will also consider informing students with relevant interests about how they can join the LRAN network.
We welcome your input. Please don’t hesitate to contact any us with your thoughts about how to increase the participation of academics in LRAN.
Thanks and hope to hear from you.
Fred Feinstein, University of Maryland (Co-Chair)
Matthew Mayers, AFSCME (Co-chair)
Adam Kader, Arise Chicago
Catherine Fisk, UC Irvine
Mikhail Romanov, UFCW
Naomi R Williams, University of Wisconsin
Goetz Wolff, UCLA
Below are possible talking points:
What LRAN offers academics interested in the labor movement
- LRAN creates opportunities for academics to be more a part of what’s going on in the labor movement.
-Promotes better understanding of the issues and concerns facing organizedlabor and others who organize and advocate on behalf of workers.
- Helps in gaining access to timely information about what is happening on the ground to better inform research.
- Promotes opportunities for input about what needs to be done and how to accomplish strategic goals.
- Facilitates possibilities for collaboration with researchers from different academic disciplines with an interest in labor issues.
- Could be helpful in developing research projects and internships for students with an interest in labor.
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