If you want to stay on our listserv and keep updated with section business (including these amazing updates) you must renew your membership. Please be sure to renew your membership and spread the word! Consider giving the gift of membership to your students. It is cheap and easy! ASA members can purchase gift section memberships for students at https://asa.enoah.com (Login required). Once logged into the member portal, members should choose the “Purchase a gift section membership” link under the Contribute/Give heading. Students can be searched by name through the online member database. A new contact record can be created by the member if the student is not found in the database. There is no limit on the number of gift section membership recipients. The student will receive a confirmation by email of the gift section membership purchase. The gift buyer will also get an emailed receipt from ASA.
Please find the summer 2017 edition of our newsletter, In Critical Solidarity. In it, you'll find news about immigrant worker organizing in Montréal and our section program for the ASA meeting, including sessions on Canadian labour, global protest, and other topics. Please also remember to come to our section membership meeting on Sunday, August 13 at 1:30-2:10pm at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, 516C, and our section reception on Sunday, August 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Immigrant Workers Centre – Centre des Travailleurs et Travailleuses Immigrants (IWC – CTI) in Montréal.
Also featured are a special section on current graduate members on the job market, calls for abstracts for the ISA - RC 44 Labor Movements sessions in Toronto in July 2018 and for the International Labour Process Conference in Buenos Aires in March 2018, and recent publications and new books by section members. Finally, as I prepare to complete my term as section chair, I offer some reflections on the organizational state of our section and the work ahead.
It's been my honor and pleasure to serve as chair of the Labor and Labor Movements section for the past year, and I look forward to seeing many of you next week in Montréal. Best wishes and solidarity,
Membership update: This year the ASA changed the deadline for giving gift memberships to students and colleagues to July 31, to give a greater benefit to recipients. The new rules meant we had to undertake a major membership drive much earlier than in previous years. In May, the section leadership began a concerted organizing drive including one-on-one outreach to attract new recruits and bring former members back into the section.
I am pleased to report that as of August 2, we had 406 members in the LLM section. As far as I know, this is the earliest we have ever made it to over 400 members. This means that once again we will have three section sessions in addition to our round tables for the 2018 ASA in Philadelphia. We welcome all our new and returning members, and thanks to all those who contributed their time and effort to help sustain participation and support in our section.
We have nearly made it! We currently have 383 members and need just 17 more to get to crucial threshold of 400. The end of July is a critical deadline in our efforts to sustain our Labor and Labor Movements section membership. Please take a moment to order gift section memberships for your students or colleagues.
As you know, the ASA moved the deadline for providing gift section memberships to July 31. Now is the time to purchase them and it is easy to do. Go to the ASA website at http://www.asanet.org/, and LOGIN with your ASA membership credentials. Once in the MEMBER PORTAL you should see the screen shot below. Go to theContribute/Give menu and select Purchase a Gift Section Membership. Enter the person's name and purchase the gift and the system will send them an email confirming their acceptance.
If your students have never before joined the ASA, they can join here: http://www.asanet.org/membership/renew-asa. Annual ASA dues for students are just $50 per year, and it's an essential resource especially for students on the job market. If they are previous members but didn't renew this year (and you are feeling especially generous) you can gift them an ASA membership clicking on Purchase a Gift Membership for a Student under the Contribute/Give menu.
Our membership level is important for lots of reasons, but one of them is that the ASA uses the count to determine how much money we receive from them and how many sessions we get for the annual meetings. If we can reach 400 we will get another session and it will help support the activities of the section. The LLM section is an important community for scholars working on issues related to labor and labor movements, and we appreciate your support. Best wishes and solidarity,
Associate Professor of Sociology
Bronx, NY 10458
Chair, section on Labor and Labor Movements, American Sociological Association
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2017 ASA-Labor and Labor Movements Section Awards – Call for Nominations
Distinguished Scholarly Book Award DEADLINE: 2/1/2017
The LLM’s section's book award goes to what the Book Award Committee judges "the best book published in the sociology of work, the labor process, the working class, labor unions, or working class movements, based on original research." To qualify, the book must have been published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. No more than two book nominations per person. Please send your nomination(s) to the committee chair, Jeff Sallaz at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than February 1, 2017.
Distinguished Scholarly Article Award DEADLINE: 3/01/2017
The LLM section is sponsoring the Distinguished Scholarly Article Award for outstanding scholarship for the best article published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. The article is open to both qualitative and quantitative orientations and can reflect work that is U.S.-based or global in scope. Section members are strongly urged to nominate articles for the prize. Self-nominations are welcome. All nominations must be received no later than March 1, 2017. Please send all nominations to the chair of the award committee, Joshua Bloom at email@example.com.
Distinguished Student Paper Award DEADLINE: 3/01/2017
The LLM section is sponsoring the Distinguished Student Paper Award for the best paper written by a graduate student between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016, who was enrolled at the time the paper was written. Eligible papers: published papers, papers under review, and unpublished article-length manuscripts. Winners of the student paper award in the previous 3 years are ineligible. The winner receives $300. All methodological orientations and substantive topics related to labor and/or labor movements are welcome. Section members may self-nominate, and faculty should encourage graduate students to submit promising work. Nominations must include an electronic copy of
the paper and must be sent no later than March 1, 2017 to the Distinguished Student Paper Award committee chair, Penny Lewis, at Penny.Lewis@cuny.edu.
ASA Labor and Labor Movements section Mini-Conference - Precarious Work: Dominationand Resistance in the US, China, and the World - Summary
Summary of the ASA Labor and Labor Movements section Mini-Conference - Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the US, China, and the World
Visit http://www.irle.ucla.edu/events/PrecariousWork.php for more information this exciting event!
Friday, August, 19, 2016
Broadway Performance Hall
Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA 98122
On August 19th, over a hundred and twenty LLM section members and their colleagues gathered at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for the mini-conference onPrecarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the U.S., China, and the World. The conference was initiated by the LLM Section, the International Sociological Association (ISA)’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44), and the Chinese Sociological Association’s China Association of Work and Labor (CAWL). Building in part on the ongoing scholarly exchange between the LLM section and the CAWL - a collaboration that the LLM section is committed to foster in the years to come - the conference program focused on the United States and China but included a wide range of global cases and perspectives.
More than 50 scholars from 13 countries presented research on the nature of precarious work, precarious worker mobilization, the regulation of precarious work, and precarious work in the Chinese context. The CAWL organized a delegation of 8 outstanding Chinese labor scholars to come to Seattle and present their research at the conference. Through our fundraising efforts and the generous support of our co-sponsors, the conference organizing committee was able to provide travel fellowships to cover airfare and hotel for 5 Chinese scholars as well as hotel costs for other delegates. In addition, the representatives from the LLM section and the CAWL held an informal meeting to discuss specific plans and steps for further collaboration in the next 2-3 years following the conference.
Also in attendance were over a dozen activists and union members involved in Seattle’s thriving labor movement. The conference featured an opening keynote address delivered by Katie Quan, retired senior labor specialist at the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center and a founder of the International Center for Joint Labor Research at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. The afternoon closing plenary featured a panel discussion with eminent labor scholars and experts Gaochao He, (International Center for Joint Labor Research), Sterling Harders, (Vice President of SEIU 775), and Janice Fine (Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations).
The mini-conference concluded with the annual LLM-sponsored ASA reception, in which attendees convened in the building’s foyer and lovely street-side courtyard to enjoy food and drink and build community. The reception also included local activist guest speakers Kelly Coogan-Gehr (Director of the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center), Charlie Collins (assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington and co-leader of the Faculty Forward union organizing campaign at UW), and David Parsons (president of United Auto Workers Local 4121 representing 4,500 academic student workers on all three campuses at UW).
By all accounts, the conference was a resounding success. The LLM section wishes to thank all who attended and presented at the event. And, especially thanks to the event organizers and all the volunteers who donated their time and energy to the event.
Good morning everyone,
Attached is the latest section newsletter. Thanks again to Mark Sherry for putting it together so quickly! And thanks to all members who also contributed articles.
As we noted, we'll be producing the newsletter more regularly. The next newsletter will come out April 1st, so if you have any items to share (short articles, commentary, news, new publications, announcements, etc...), please contact Mark Sherry (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get your contributions to him by March 24th, 2014.
Enjoy the newsletter! Lots of great material and information and we hope you'll be inspired to submit something for the next one.
Director, Center for Labor Studies
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of California, Santa Cruz
The Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association and the Chinese Association for Work and Labor initiated a scholarly exchange in 2012, and we have now created a web page (click here). We welcome contributions for a new column on labor and labor sociology in China for our section's newsletter. To submit materials for the China column, please contact Sarah Swider, email@example.com .
Dear Labor Section members,
As the incoming Chair, I wanted to thank you all for helping make ASA in NYC such a success and thank outgoing chair Steven Lopez for his work, leadership and enthusiasm. I also want to update you on section news and activities as we gear up for another exciting year and the run up to ASA in San Francisco next August.
First, ASA in New York was outstanding, particularly our mini-conference on Labor and Global Solidarity. We had over 220 attendees at the Murphy Center and over 40 paper presenters, including 5 of our exchange colleagues from China. The Chinese scholars were particularly impressed by the range of presentations and the possibilities for further collaboration and possible joint research. Thanks to Carolina Bank Munoz and David Fasenfest for helping me co-organize the conference and for everyone who participated and attended. We are now working on a publication plan and will continue our collaboration with the Chinese labor sociologists over the next year.
Second, we want to build on the momentum of the mini-conf and ASA and boost our membership numbers. Due to a big push last year, we reached the threshold of 400 members (we're now at 424), so we are guaranteed 3 paper session at next year's ASA meeting in San Francisco. However, we want to continue to build our section and the deadline for the "official" membership count is Sept. 30th.
So I urge all of you to reach out to colleagues and especially graduate students and encourage them to join. Membership in the section is only $10 for faculty and a bargain $5 for students. One great way to bring folks in is for faculty members to "sponsor" (ie cover the $5 membership fee for) grad students they know that would benefit from membership. A big bonus for students is our mentoring program that matches students with senior scholars to get research and career advice.
To join the section, just log in to ASA at http://www.asanet.org/index.cfm , and under Join/Renew, click on Join a Section.
I'll be sending another message soon about our section's 3 paper sessions at ASA in SF next year. We will be implementing some changes that the program committee and section council hope will increase interest and paper submissions to our sections panels.
Finally, we are still looking for someone to take on the editorship of our section's newsletter, In Critical Solidarity. Mike McCarthy is stepping down (thanks Mike!), and we really need someone to step up and take the reigns. Please contact me directly if you're interested or know someone who might be!
Thanks everyone and I look forward to building on our momentum through the year!
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, Center for Labor Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
Chair, ASA Labor and Labor Movements Section
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