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.