We are looking to recruit a Research Associate to join the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC). You will join a vibrant and growing group of work and employment researchers and be a full and active participant in WOERRC’s research activities. In particular, you will assist with the preparation of funding applications and work closely with group members in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and writing high-quality papers, reports and other appropriate outputs. The specific programme of work to be undertaken will be agreed once you are appointed. However it is likely to include assisting in the interrogation of largescale official datasets (e.g. the 2015 European Working Conditions Survey and the UK’s Understanding Society Survey) to examine a number of inter-related issues related to job quality and working conditions, which might include: (a) the consequences of different national employment and welfare regimes for job quality; (b) relationships between job quality, innovation and performance outcomes at the individual and organisational levels; and (c) the consequences of good and bad jobs for ‘healthy ageing’
Friendly reminder that Friday is the last day to submit nominations or self nominations for the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.
Step one: Send a nomination email to the committee chair, Dr. Penny Lewis at Penny.Lewis@cuny.edu.
Step two: After receiving nomination emails, Dr. Lewis will provide you with information of where to send hard copies of the book. All books must be received by the committee members by March 1st 2019.
Here is the original call:
Distinguished Scholarly Book Award DEADLINE: 2/1/2019
The LLM’s section Distinguished Scholarly Book Award goes to what is judged by the award committee to be the best book based on original research published in the sociology of work, the labor process, the working class, labor unions, or working class movements. To qualify, the book must have been published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. No more than one book nomination per person is allowed. Section members are strongly urged to nominate books for the prize. Self- nominations are welcome. In order to be considered by the committee, the author (or authors) must join or be members of the Labor section. Please send your nomination to the committee chair, Penny Lewis (Penny.Lewis@cuny.edu), no later than February 1, 2019. Upon receipt of your email nomination, you will be provided with the mailing addresses of the award committee members.
Nominators/Nominees/Publishers will have until March 1, 2019 to send hard-copies to the committee members.
Now Accepting Applications:
Post-Doctoral Scholar position, Center for Global Workers' Rights
School of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State UniversityJob Website: https://psu.jobs/job/84924; Deadline: March 16, 2019.
The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Center for Global Workers’ Rights (http://ler.la.psu.edu/gwr). This is a twelve-month position that begins on August 11, 2019. The Center for Global Workers’ Rights was established in the fall of 2012 with the goal of promoting scholarly research and scholar-practitioner exchanges on issues related to workers’ rights. It has a broad focus that includes, but is not limited to, sweatshops, precarious work, labor standards, international labor and employment law, worker organizing, and workers’ rights in global supply chains. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, or a J.D., earned in the last five years, as well as evidence of an emerging research program relevant to the Center’s interests. Scholars will receive salary, benefits, and a research/travel fund to support their work. Postdoctoral candidates will be expected to mentor students on their summer capstone project and to teach one course. This may include teaching for the School’s Labor and Global Workers’ Right MPS program, which is part of the Global Labour University network (http://www.global-labour-university.org/). Teaching obligations could include a course in one of the School’s other residential or online programs. Candidates also are expected to actively participate in School activities. The School of Labor and Employment Relations is a multidisciplinary department with a large undergraduate program, a strong residential Masters of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), and a fully-online Masters of Professional Studies in HRER. The School has existing strengths in workers’ rights, labor relations, human resources, and international and comparative employment relations. Upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample via: https://psu.jobs/job/84924. Please also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly by letter writers to Mark Ivicic, email@example.com. If you have additional questions, please contact the Center at 814-865-0751 or write Center Director, Dr. Mark Anner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit paper proposals is today at 11:59pm EST.
The Labor and Labor Movements Section has 4 regular sessions, and Round Tables. Please make sure to submit your proposals.
Assistant Professor – Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations - 1803872 Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science Department: Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) Job Posting: Sep 18, 2018 Job Closing: Nov 19, 2018, 11:59pm EST
: The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream appointment in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2019.
Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Industrial Relations or a cognate Social Science discipline by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.
The successful candidate will also be expected to teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and teach a selection of courses in industrial relations/human resources. The successful candidate must also have strong communication skills as well as demonstrated success in developing students’ mastery of a subject and of the latest developments in the field. Our PhD program is quantitatively and analytically oriented, and as such these skills will be expected for involvement in the program, including supervision of students.
Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence at an internationally competitive caliber, demonstrated by a research statement, a record of publications meeting high international standards in top-ranked, field-relevant scholarly journals, high quality working papers, presentations at internationally recognized conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsement from referees of high academic standing.
Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching dossier containing a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and course syllabi submitted as part of the application.
Research and teaching expertise in at least one of the following areas is required: human resource management, labour relations, the sociology of work, labour market policy, labour and employment standards, corporate responsibility and compliance, trade and labour, performance management systems, quantitative methods for labour/HR or another related employment relations field.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources is internationally renowned for the study of work and employment relations from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and empirical approaches. Historically, faculty with strong empirical methods and training in economics, management, sociology, history, law, psychology and political science have been actively engaged in employment/industrial relations research and teaching. We therefore welcome applications from scholars interested in employment relations from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
The Centre is located in Toronto, Canada, one of North America’s largest cities and among the world’s most livable cities according to The Economist and other leading indices. Toronto’s 51% foreign-born population also makes it among the most diverse cities in the world.
For more information about the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at UofT please visit:http://www.cirhr.utoronto.ca/.
For information about the University of Toronto visit: https://www.utoronto.ca/.
If you have any further questions about this position, please email Prof. Rafael Gomez at:email@example.com.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae including a list of publications and working papers, up to three sample working papers, a research statement and a teaching dossier containing a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and sample course syllabi.
Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date.
Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.
All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 19, 2018.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY [ASA Job Listing 15078]
Arizona State University
Starting Fall, 2019
ASU Job #12556
The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD) at Arizona State University (https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu) invites applications for a full time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology beginning Fall 2019. We seek a community-engaged scholar with a Latinx focus. Areas of expertise are open but preferred areas of specialization include immigration, education, social movements, labor, environment/sustainability, and health. We are especially interested in scholars who take an intersectional approach or whose research reflects the diversity within the Latinx population (such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origins, indigeneity, or legal status). This position is part of an effort to build a 21st-century sociology program with new and existing resources in the well-established and successful School of Social and Family Dynamics.
For this position, candidates must have a PhD in sociology by time of appointment and show evidence of, or potential for, excellence in research, teaching, and service. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate sustained and significant engagement in Latinx communities. The candidate will be expected to teach sociology courses including a course on community-based research, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, develop a vigorous research program, maintain an active agenda of peer-reviewed publications, participate in service to the university and profession, and contribute to the growth of the sociology program. Preference will be given to candidates who use qualitative methods, have experience in interdisciplinary settings and have demonstrated success in meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or diverse communities.
SSFD is an innovative interdisciplinary academic unit focused on the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and society. SSFD has launched a multi-pronged program of scholarship, translation, and impact focused on Diversity and Inclusion Science (https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/disi). With 50+ full-time faculty, 500+ graduate students, and 3,000+ undergraduate majors/minors, SSFD has a doctoral and online master’s degree in sociology as well as doctoral and online master’s degrees in family and human development. SSFD takes pride in having a collegial atmosphere bolstered by permeable boundaries among its faculty and its ties to many other units. The School’s program in sociology is targeted for growth. ASU’s location within the Phoenix metropolitan region (the nation’s 5th most populous city) with a large Latinx population provides a rich context for basic and applied research and community engagement in many areas related to sociology.
Initial receipt of complete applications is Nov 12, 2018; if not filled, review of complete applications will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please send the following materials electronically to Professor Nilda Flores-Gonzalez email@example.com: (1) a cover letter describing your research, teaching and community-engagement qualifications and fit with this position, and that includes contact
information (including email addresses) for three references; (2) a curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication and funding record, and (3) an outline of future research plans (not to exceed two pages). Background check is required for employment.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found athttps://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/
Approved pending noted change above
The Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, the site of this year’s American Sociological Association’s meeting is a non-union hotel that is currently in the middle of an organizing campaign. We wish to support workers and to advocate on their behalf. Below, you will find an email from Emiliano, one of the local organizers explaining everyday actions you can take to support Marriott workers. Please make sure to pick up a UNITE-HERE button when you register and wear it throughout the conference.
Second, join us in an action on Monday, August 13th at 12:30 at the Northwest corner of City Hall (a block from the convention center). We will meet with workers, put on buttons and take action with them. For those who can commit to joining now, please RSVP here. However, feel free to just meet us on Monday. If you are attending the ASA Labor and Labor Movements Business meeting, we will leave.
We are also currently working with members of UNITE-HERE to have workers present at the Joint Labor & Labor Movement / Marxist Section Reception at 7pm at the International House. Thank you to our members who worked with local organizers to make this action happen. I encourage you to forward this message to other interested parties.
Belinda Lum, PhD
Chair-Elect, ASA Section on Labor and Labor Movements.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My name is Emiliano Rodriguez. I'm an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 274 and work on the team that is organizing for a fair process to organize a union at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. On behalf of our local and our members, welcome to Philadelphia. On April 4th, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., workers at the host hotel of your convention went public with their demand for a fair process to organize their union at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. African Americans make up 42% of the population of the city of Brotherly Love. Your meeting is being held at the largest hotel in the state of Pennsylvania. The tourism industry is booming, but many in the industry work and live in poverty. UNITE HERE Local 274 is committed to fighting for racial and economic justice in our city. We believe that by organizing the hospitality industry in the city of Philadelphia, we can make great strides in the reduction of poverty in our city. Nationally, our union is also organizing Marriott workers all across the country. Marriott is the largest hotel employer in the world, and we believe as a union that one job should be enough.
I wanted to write with some guidance on how we can work together as you stay in Philadelphia to support from and learn from the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown workers. please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions (267-776-5653). The workers at this hotel have not called for a boycott and there are no planned pickets while you are staying at the hotel. You should continue to patronize the Marriott as planned. As a guest, here are a few ways we think you can support these workers:
1. Wear a union button in solidarity with the workers. ASA has committed to make them available at the registration table but contact me if you need more.
2. Talk to the workers, learn about their lives, and tell them you support their efforts to fight for justice at work. If you are a union member yourself, share a story about why you are proud to be in union.
3. Get a group together and ask to speak with the general manager (Robert Allen) or head of human resources (Bruce Brobeck) and tell them you support the Philadelphia Marriott Workers demand for a fair process to organize a union. Some attendees will be meeting on Monday at 12:30 on the northeast corner of city hall (a block west of the Marriott Downtown) to meet with workers and coordinate a message to send to hotel management.
4. And finally, Don't forget to tip your housekeeper when you check out.
If you'd like to hear directly from members of the organizing committee, I would gladly arrange a speaker during your event. Please note that if such a meeting were to take place in the hotel, you'd need to ask the hotel for permission for a worker to speak otherwise we'd put them at unnecessary risk for termination. Any meetings in the convention center however have no such restriction. If enough people are interested, we'd also be glad to host a late happy hour on the opening night of the conference and bring some members of the organizing committee so you could hear from them directly.
Below, I've included links to press coverage over the last few months in case you're interested as well a report entitled Black Work Matters issued by POWER, an interfaith social justice organization, that expands on our vision for the city. Thanks again for all that you do.
Attachments to both:
WHYY: In the Spirit of King Hospitality Workers Continue to Press for Economic Justice
Philly.com: Marriott Housekeepers
Dissent: Belabored Podcast - the future of collective action (begin listening at minute 19 for Kat Payne, member of organizing committee)
Buzzfeed: Marriott workers protest for safer conditions
Prof. Pun Ngai (University of Hong Kong), Prof. Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Jenny Chan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) are sincerely and urgently inviting you to co-sign this open letter to support the arrested Jasic Shenzhen workers who are currently on strike to defend their right to unionize (also see attachment).
At this moment, 30 workers from Shenzhen Jasic (Jiashi) Technology Co. are still detained after they attempted to practice their legal right to organize a trade union. The workers were threatened, beaten and arrested but still strong and eager. They are desperately needing supports from working class, intellectuals, students and others progressive individuals and entities internationally. For more details, please refer to the open letter and SACOM's video[youtube.com].
The incident is remarkable as the workers are standing up to defend not only their economic, but also political rights. This marks the raise of consciousness and awareness of the modern working class in China. Your support and concern are crucial in this very special and influential strike.
For the link of the petition, please refer to:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdl82DkA67nWz4e5a6KyBUnVrCc9Do-k_9FCsOubiNHO0S5Vg/viewform (English Version)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnnEzX6Si3RjswDPVMuA_D5exUgZCI82kKDbvp6qxgeSZ2gw/viewform?usp=sf_link (Chinese Version)
Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM)
The Department of Sociology (http://dornsife.usc.edu/soci/) in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) will be making one tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2019. The position is open with regard to specialization. We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated exceptional promise in research and teaching. The Ph.D. is required by time of appointment.
Right on the heels of the US Supreme Court’s Janus decision, anti-union forces have immediately moved on to their next strategic tactic to further undermine public workers’ unions. This time they are using the administrative rule-making capacity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to eviscerate union dues check-off in the public sector. This is a bit technical but potentially devastating, so bear with me! It comes straight out of the right-wing State Policy Network and Freedom Foundation playbook.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of HHS, is targeting unionized, independent-provider home care workers by altering a technical Medicaid provision concerning “third-parties.” Several decades ago, Medicaid was amended to prohibit the practice of “factoring,” in which providers assigned their claims to third parties such as collection agencies that would collect on them and sometimes inflate the claims. In 2014, the Obama Administration issued a clarification that this anti-reassignment prohibition did not apply to deductions for workers’ training, health care, and “benefits customary to employment”—however those might be provided.
Now CMS wants to repeal that 2014 addendum or clarification [i.e. what it describes as “the regulatory text that allows a state to make payments to third parties on behalf of an individual provider [worker] for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.”] Although never specified previously, here the Trump Administration clearly intends “third party” to mean unions. CMS goes on to single out union dues as the only example of a practice that would be affected—indeed eliminated-- by the newly proposed rule. CMS admits it has no data to support the assertion that Medicaid funds are being improperly used by states or “diverted” from the Medicaid system to pay home care worker unions.
It is important to note that care workers choose to join a union and make the choice to pay union dues. Union dues are deducted once wages have already been allocated to workers. This proposed rule change through CMS effectively strips workers of the right to join and support a union.
Moreover, the Trump Administration is trying to ram this through on a fast track. Standard practice for proposed federal rule changes is to allow for a 60-day open comment period before the proposal can be implemented. CMS, however, has announced that there will only be a 30-day open comment period. Thus we have a very short window in which to put a stop to this union-busting strategy.
Home care is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country and yet home care workers make an average of only $10.49 an hour. Prior to unionization, they had no health insurance, no workers’ compensation, no standard rules on the job, no paid sick leave. Unionization has reduced turnover and improved the care relation and the reliability of care services. That is why states have chosen to engage in collective bargaining with these workers.
CALL TO ACTION:
PLEASE GO TO https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2018-0090-0001
When submitting a comment, it would be helpful to include the CMS number: CMS-2413-P
SUBMIT A COMMENT BY AUGUST 18 TO BLOCK THIS RULE CHANGE WHICH WILL UNDERMINE SECURITY FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS, ELDERS, AND CHILDREN.
Professor of History, Yale University
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