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When it comes to the practice of industrial relations, many people’s favorite word seems to be “cooperation.” During a union ..read more
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A tweet from Rae Cooper reminded me that the World Congress for the International Labor and Employment Relations Association was in Seoul ..read more
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Last week I attended the 56th conference of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association on the beautiful UBC campus in Vancouver, and was ..read more
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Debates as to whether the United States should ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0. Lost ..read more
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Earlier this year I was able to attend the AIRAANZ conference in Melbourne, Australia. At the end of one of the conference days, there was ..read more
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The 1870s ushered in an era of intense and violent labor conflict that would continue for decades, and I wonder whether we’re on the cusp ..read more
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Put yourself in the shoes of a  manager who believes that a dispute is preventing two co-workers from working together effectively. What ..read more
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This past week I had the pleasure of speaking about the current state of labor relations to a local community group. It was great to see ..read more
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Last month, the New York Times and the Star Tribune reported on conflicts between Somalian workers and management at Amazon’s Shakopee ..read more
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“You can’t say ‘orange’ to your boss.” Wait a minute, what?!? Is “orange” some kind of offensive slang I’m not aware of? I ..read more
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I’ve been reading Bullshit Jobs by LSE anthropologist David Graeber (Simon & Schuster, 2018). Graeber defines a bullshit job as “a ..read more
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Suppose you think that your employer is engaging in wage theft by intentionally misclassifying you as exempt from overtime (or substitute ..read more
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Paid family leave is back in the U.S. news again, this time with a proposal by Senator Mario Rubio called the Economic Security for New ..read more
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In 2018, all eyes in the labor relations community were focused on the Supreme Court in anticipation of its ruling in Janus v. American ..read more
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I just finished reading James Chamberlain’s new book Undoing Work, Rethinking Community: A Critique of the Social Function of Work ( ..read more
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This past weekend I was at an ILR Review-sponsored conference “Toward New Theories in Employment Relations.” A predictable theme was ..read more
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Sinclair Broadcasting Group has recently been forcing news anchors at its stations across the country to broadcast statements that echo ..read more
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Looking back on the now-defunct (or hibernating) University of Minnesota faculty organizing drive, it’s striking the number of things ..read more
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Earlier this month, an Australian colleague (Rae Cooper) tweeted that Tony Dundon’s AIRAANZ keynote presentation made the point that the ..read more
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A Politico story by Danny Vinik was published this week with the headline “The Real Future of Work” and a provocative subtitle: “ ..read more
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I just received news that my first book—Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice—will be translated and ..read more
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With Thanksgiving comes football, and with football comes…well, this year, maybe politics. While perhaps not as heated as in September ..read more
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The raging controversy over the kneeling by NFL players during the playing of the national anthem took yet another turn recently, this ..read more
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Whether a group of employees wants to form a union to represent them in collective bargaining is a decision that those employees should be ..read more
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It’s been an “interesting” week. First, a Googler was firedfor his infamous memo on the alleged biological roots of gender ..read more
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