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Conference Activities  •  6/1/2021
11 - 11:45 am ET
Moderators: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.); and Bonnie Castrey, Dispute Resolution Services
12 - 12:45 pm ET
Membership Committee Meeting—Committee Stream
Moderator: David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles
1 - 1:45 pm ET
Development Committee Meeting—Committee Stream
Moderators: Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente; and Harry C. Katz, Cornell University
1:45 - 2:30 ET
2:30 - 3:15 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, President-Elect and Program Chair
3:30 - 4:15 pm ET
Editorial Committee Meeting—Committee Stream
Moderator: Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4:30 - 5:15 pm ET
Moderator: Virginia Doellgast, Cornell University
5:15 - 6 pm ET
6 - 7:30 ET
Executive Board Meeting—Link Distributed Manually
Moderator: Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President


Conference Activities  •  6/5/2021
10:30 - 10:45 am ET
Moderators: Emily Smith and Bernadette Tiemann, LERA
11 - 11:30 am ET
You will not want to miss this; Wilma Liebman, LERA President Elect and Program Committee Chair, will interview the Honorable Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Moderator: Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President
Featured Speaker: The Honorable Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor
11:45 am - 12:45 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Greg Distelhorst, University of Toronto
Presenters: Chunyun Li*, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; and Sarosh C. Kuruvilla, Cornell UniversityThe Impact of COVID-19 on Global Apparel Supply Chain Workers: Surveys of Better Work Factories
Shane Godfrey*, University of Cape Town; and Khalid Nadvi, University of ManchesterUneven Regional Development, Labour Regimes and Regional Value Chains: The Southern African Garment Sector
Jette Steen Knudsen*, Tufts UniversityA Procedures and Outcomes Paradox After Rana Plaza: Support for Labor Rights by U.S. Companies and the U.S. Government
Drusilla Brown*, Laura Babbitt and Ana Antolin, Tufts University; and Negin Toosi, California State UniversityFair Recruitment along the Bangladesh-Qatar Migration Corridor
Discussant: Kelly I. Pike, York University
1.2  Online Facilitation: Input and Engagement in a Virtual World (Skill-Building)—Breakout Stream 2
This interactive workshop will focus on maximizing online facilitation. The examples and technology demonstrations will apply to a variety of labor-management contexts from planning and problem-solving dialogues to information gathering and prioritization.
Moderator: Rachel D. Lev, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Panelist: Shane Davis, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Discussant: Moira Caruso, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
1.3  Legal and Policy Issues Surrounding Remote Work (Panel)—Breakout Stream 3
This session will review the legal and policy landscape surrounding remote work: who is and isn't able to work remotely, how has this changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, and how well does the existing legal framework protect workers engaged in remote work. The panel will look at the practice both in the United States and EU.
Moderator: Lynn Rhinehart, Economic Policy Institute
Panelists: Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute; Christy Hoffman, UNI Global Union; Tom Hayes, Brussels European Employee Relations Group; and Janet Herold, Esq., Justice Catalyst Law
Layers of subcontracting in the construction industry complicates meaningful enforcement of labor standards. Reducing labor costs by violating wage, workers compensation, unemployment contribution and employment tax laws gives scofflaws a competitive advantage over law-abiding competitors. That is a powerful incentive that should be deterred by the effect of law enforcement, but contractors have discovered they face minimal risk by simply using subcontractors or labor suppliers that break the law. If those subcontractors or labor suppliers face accountability, the contractor can find another and repeat. To re-invigorate deterrence, upper-tier employers must face accountability through joint employer or vicarious liability.
Moderator: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.)
Panelists: Mark Erlich, Harvard University; David Seligman, Towards Justice; and Alacoque Hinga Nevitt, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Discussant: Matthew Capece, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
1.5  LERA Best Papers I: Age (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore
Presenters: Bryce VanderBerg*, Michigan State UniversityThe Signaling Role of Early Career Job Loss
Sebastian Fossati and Joseph Marchand*, University of AlbertaFirst to $15: Alberta's Minimum Wage Policy on Employment by Wages, Ages, and Places
Michael Collins*, Jennifer Gregory and Kathleen McQueeney, U.S. Government Accountability OfficeIncome Inequality and Work at Older Ages
1.6  Work and Employment under COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan (Panel)—Breakout Stream 6
This session aims to present how work and employment in Japan are impacted by the pandemic and to reveal if institutional and organizational arrangements in Japan create specific outcomes. Three presentations will focus on the overall labor market performance since the beginning of the pandemic, and its impacts on the vulnerable segments of labor market in Japan: migrant (trainee) workers, non-standard employees and the essential workers. All vulnerabilities are discussed to have their roots in the past policies. The foreign trainee program, the diversification of employment that shaped non-standard employment, and the policy on public health will be critically addressed.
Moderator: Jun Imai, Sophia University
Panelists: Nobuyuki Yamada, Komazawa University; Koji Takahashi, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training; and Yuka Omura, Japan Nursing Association
Discussant: Akira Suzuki, Hosei University
11:45 am - 12:45 pm ET
Moderators: Mark Gough, Pennsylvania State University; Bradley R. Weinberg, Queen's University; Janet Gillman, Oregon Employment Relations Board; and Marick Masters, Wayne State University
1 - 2 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Sarosh C. Kuruvilla, Cornell University
Presenters: Yanhua Bird, Boston University; Jodi Short*, University of California, Hastings; and Michael Toffel, Harvard UniversityCorporate Responses to Social Activism: A Resource Reconfiguration Perspective
Erin Leitheiser*, Copenhagen Business School; Jette Steen Knudsen, Tufts University; and Jeremy Moon, Copenhagen Business SchoolGlobal North and Global South Evaluations of Supply Chain Governance: Media Portrayals of Post-Rana Plaza Safety? Initiatives
Mark Anner*, Pennsylvania State UniversityThree Labor Mechanisms for Addressing Decent Work Governance Gaps in Global Value Chains
Discussant: Greg Distelhorst, University of Toronto
The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the spring of 2020 gave rise to calls for reform in addressing cases of alleged police misconduct, including utilization of community oversight boards. However, one of the primary challenges to implementing these initiatives lies in the structure of the contracts between police unions and municipalities, which specifically deal with discipline of officers, including arbitration. This session will address the barriers presented by those contracts in establishing community oversight from the perspective their proponents, and the challenges those initiatives present to police unions and municipalities in the context of labor relations.
Moderator: Mark C. Travis, Travis ADR Services, LLC
Panelists: Rene Kathawala, Pro Bono Counsel, Orrick; Timothy L Davis, Burke, Williams, & Sorenson, LLP; and Holly E. Oliva-Van Horsten, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
The panel will share examples of on-going practical examples of collaborative workplace experience in health care and higher education, what outcomes were achieved, and the potential for how this experience can contribute to the potential for a new social compact. The panel will explore the underlying theory and practice for the development of the collaborative community concept articulated by (Adler and Heckscher 2006; Adler and Heckscher 2018; Adler et al. 2011). An effective collaborative community will encourage people to continually apply their unique talents to group projects and become motivated by a collective mission, not just for personal gain or intrinsic pleasures of autonomous creativity. By mobilizing knowledge workers’ talents and expertise in flexible, highly manageable group-work effort, collaborative communities become the foundation for enterprise success. What can we learn from enterprise success achieved through the collaborative community? {Adler, 2011 #15156}.
Moderator: John August, Cornell University
Panelists: Donald Phillibert, MD, NYC Health, Jacobi Medical Center; Gul Bahtyiar, MD, NYC Health, Woodhull; Charles Heckscher, Rutgers University; and Paul Adler, University of Southern California
2.4  The Impact of COVID-19 on Worker Rights and Protections (Panel)—Breakout Stream 4
In addition to its devastating toll on the general population, COVID-19 has profoundly affected the structure and conditions of the American workplace. There has been massive unemployment and resultant income loss, struggles to secure paid sick leave and workers' compensation, and substantial risks to safety and health, especially for the more than 30 million frontline essential workers who are disproportionately Black, female and foreign born. How has the U.S. legal system coped with these brutal conditions? What could have been done differently? And does the crisis present an opportunity to rethink aspects of how the law regulates worker rights and protections?
Moderator: James Brudney, Fordham University
Panelists: James Brudney, Fordham University; Renee M Gerni, Service Employees International Union; Karen Tynan, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; and Christiane Benner, IGMetall Union
Discussant: Lynn Rhinehart, Economic Policy Institute
2.5  LERA Best Papers II: COVID-19 Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University
Presenters: Dina Bishara*, Ian Greer and Jeonghun Kim, Cornell UniversityMore Relevance, Less Power? Trade Unionism After COVID-19
Danielle Lamb*, Ryerson University; Rafael Gomez, University of Toronto; and Milad Moghaddas, Ryerson UniversityUnions, COVID-19 Risk, and Pandemic Pay Premia: Evidence from the Canadian Labour Force Survey
Raymond Robertson*, Texas A&M UniversityCOVID-19 and Labor Compliance: Evidence from Vietnam
Ting Zhang* and Dan Gerlowski, University of Baltimore; and Zoltan Acs, George Mason UniversitySmall Business and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Work from Home
2.6  Evidence and Advocacy for a Non-competitive Labor Market (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 6
Chair: Kate Bahn, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Presenters: Kate Bahn*, The Washington Center for Equitable GrowthWage Discrimination and the Exploitation of Workers in the U.S. Labor Market
Ioana Elena Marinescu*, University of PennsylvaniaBoosting Wages When U.S. Labor Markets are not Competitive
Ellora Derenoncourt*, Princeton University; Clemens Noelke and David Weil, Brandeis UniversitySpillover Effects from Voluntary Employer Minimum Wages
Panelists: Ahmer Qadeer, SEIU; and David Seligman, Towards Justice
1 - 2 pm ET
Moderator: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University
2:15 - 3 pm ET
Moderator: Dennis L. Dabney, Kaiser Permanente (ret.)
Featured Speakers: David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kimberly A. Lawrence, CVS Health Corporation; and Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project
3:15 - 4:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Greg Distelhorst, University of Toronto
Presenters: Raymond Robertson*, Texas A&M UniversityEfficiency and Working Conditions: Evidence from Indonesian Garment Factories
Anil Verma*, University of TorontoThe Role of Shop-floor Industrial Relations in Labour Standards Compliance: Qualitative Evidence from Garment Factories
Matthew Amengual*, University of Oxford; and Greg Distelhorst, University of TorontoOrder Overload? Demand Spikes and Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains
Sarosh C. Kuruvilla*, Cornell University; and Chunyun Li, London School of Economics and Political SciencesA View from the Other Side: Purchase Orders and Workforce Arrangements at Supplier Factories
Discussant: Jodi Short, University of California, Hastings
This program will address ethical issues for a wrongful termination claim; the changes for the discovery landscape; and the challenges arbitrators and parties face at the virtual hearing. Participants will learn about the challenges, the best practices and the lessons learned.
Moderators: Janice Holdinski and Aaron Schmidt, American Arbitration Association
Panelists: Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Clark Hill, PLC; Heidi T Sharp, The Sharp Firm, P.C.; and M. Catherine Farrell, Pierce, Farrell, Tafelski & Wells, P.C.
3.3  Organizing Young Workers (Panel)—Breakout Stream 3
This panel will feature union organizers who are involved in organizing young workers who will talk about the issues and opportunities involved in organizing young workers, joined by a professor who has researched what young workers want in a union.
Moderator: Kayla Blado, National Labor Relations Board
Panelists: Michelle Chen, Nation Magazine; Alex Hertel Fernandez, Columbia University; Nastaran Mohit, NewsGuild of New York; and Ken Lang, United Auto Workers
How have school districts, teachers' unions and teachers handled their response to Covid-19 -- smart or not smart, cooperative or antagonistic, successful or not successful, lots of Covid cases, few Covid cases, students prospered, students floundered. What made for a smart, successful response? What didn't? Were teachers' unions very helpful in assuring a safe response or were they obstructionist, as some critics say, and were they far more concerned about the welfare of teachers than about the welfare of students? What lessons can unions and school districts take from this? How has this left labor relations in our schools?
Moderator: Steven Greenhouse, Author and Former New York Times Reporter
Panelists: Becky Pringle, National Education Association; Anna Maria Chavez, chief executive officer of the National School Boards Association; Alec MacGillis, Journalist at ProPublica; and Saul Rubinstein, Rutgers University
3.5  LERA Best Papers III: COVID-19 Part B (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Hyesook Chung, Cornell University
Presenters: Abay Asfaw*, National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthOccupation and Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Infection Rates
Lifei Chen* and Christine Riordan, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignPeople or Markets? An Empirical Examination of Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis Among Large U.S. Firms
Françoise Carré*, University of Massachusetts-Boston; and Chris Tilly, University of California, Los AngelesHow COVID-19 Has Shifted Retailers' Technological Trajectory and Resulting Impacts on Job Quality
Rebecca Wolfe* and Jeff Nicklas, University of California, San Francisco"You Can Start to Roll With the Punches": Parenting, Adaptability, and COVID-19
3.6  Workplace Abuses and Economic Incentives to Speak Out (Workshop)—Breakout Stream 6
In this session, we explore the incentives of workers to voice complaints about workplace injuries, sexual harassment, and managerial performance. We also focus on why racial diversity increases in firm size.
Moderator: Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota
Presenters: Matthew Knepper*, University of Georgia; and Gordon Dahl, University of California, San DiegoWhy is Sexual Harassment Underreported? The Value of Unemployment Amid the Threat of Retaliation
Jason Sockin*, University of Pennsylvania; Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota; and Evan Starr, University of MarylandExternalities from Silence: Non-Disclosure Agreements Distort Firm Reputation
Jing Cai*, University of Maryland; and Shing-Yi Wang, Wharton School, University of PennsylvaniaImproving Management through Worker Evaluations: Evidence from Auto Manufacturing
Ian M. Schmutte*, University of Georgia; and Conrad Miller, University of California, BerkeleyWhy Are Larger Employers More Racially Diverse?
Discussant: Evan Starr, University of Maryland
3:15 - 5:15 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, President-Elect and Program Chair
4:30 - 5:30 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
4.1  LERA Best Posters (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 1
Chair: Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University
Presenters: Elizabeth Arnold*, Director, Berkeley Research Group; and Chester Hanvey, Berkeley Research GroupRemote Work During COVID: What Factors Drive Hourly Employee Compliance with Timekeeping Requirements?
Eung Il Kim*, Yonsei UniversitySpeak up: Employees Voice in Regular Meetings Make Jack a Wise Boy
Stephen Havlovic*, Laurentian University; and Charles G. Smith, Otterbein CollegeThe Impact of Collective Bargaining and Geographic Location on the Pay Rates of Professional Nurses: A Longitudinal Analysis (1970-1993)
Jiaming Zheng*, Beijing Huaxia Jianlong Mining Science & Technology Co. LtdThe Effect of Job-Housing Condition on Employees' Well-being: From the Perspective of Work-Life Balance
Tom Zaniello*, Northern Kentucky University and National Labor CollegeThe Precariat in Epidemic Cinema
Mengjie Lyu*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"Good" Jobs and "Bad" Jobs in Chinese State Sector: Examining the Power of "Bianzhi (Official Staffing Quota)"
Seonghoon Hong*, Rutgers UniversityGrievance Initiation of Graduate Student Employees
Lucombo J. Luveia* and David Walter, Howard UniversityThe Chinese Trade Shock and Employer Concentration
Leading neutral organizations recognize their membership lists and rosters do not reflect the diversity found in the populations they serve. And while recent attention to and advances towards diversifying rosters/membership should be commended, there is a long road ahead. Even when neutrals from underrepresented populations are fully vetted and recognized by leading dispute resolution organizations for their experience, training, and neutrality, advocates may reject their names due to implicit racial or gender bias and lack of prior professional contacts. This session's presenters will explore the current state of diversity in alternative dispute resolution, identify headwinds faced by underrepresented populations (particularly people of color), and recommend policy in listing and selection procedures so that equitable inclusion of qualified diverse neutrals can be achieved.
Moderator: Sandra Gangle, Retired Arbitrator
Panelists: Michael Z. Green, Texas A&M University; and Rebekah Ratliff, JAMS Mediator/Arbitrator
This workshop will feature presentations from members of labor unions representing undergraduate student workers in both the public and private sectors and the Coalition of Student Employee Unions. Panelists will discuss strategies for organizing undergraduate student workers, union recognition campaign challenges, and opportunities to build cross-rank worker solidarity.
Moderators: Emily H. Yen, University of Virginia; and Shannon Potter, University of Toronto
In this session, we plan to examine and problematize adversarial and collaborative approaches to workplace relations through examples from two sectors in the United States' public education and healthcare. Unions and employers in both sectors exhibit a wide range of labor relations and collective bargaining practices, ranging from formalized labor management partnership to militant strike action and other confrontational tactics. The COVID-19 pandemic makes the distinction between these two approaches especially pertinent, as essential workers confront considerable workplace health and safety issues. This panel specifically examines strikes in healthcare and partnership in public education.
Moderator: Chuling Huang, Cornell University ILR School
Presenters: John Kallas*, Eli Friedman and Dana Trentalange, Cornell UniversityThe ILR Labor Action Tracker: Initial Findings and Future Research Questions
Justin Vinton*, Rutgers UniversityA Bottom Up Approach to Collaborative Partnership: Evidence from Public Education
Discussant: Rebecca Kolins Givan, Rutgers University
4.5  LERA Best Papers IV: Gender (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Duanyi Yang, Cornell University
Presenters: Vidya Atal, Orkideh Gharehgozli* and Luis San Vicente Portes, Montclair State UniversityThe Pro-cyclical Unemployment Gender Gap: A Household Occupational Portfolio Choice?
Alyson Jane Gounden Rock*, McGill UniversityA Narrative Review of Gender in the Field of IR Grounded in Its History
Auret van Heerden*, Equiception; and Kamila Hamza Ahmed, Intrinsic ConsultancyHas Participation in the Global Value Chain Empowered Female Factory Workers in Ethiopia?
4.6  Labor Market Effects of Occupational Regulation (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 6
Chair: Maria Koumenta, Queen Mary University of London
Presenters: Janna Johnson*, University of MinnesotaOccupational Licensing, Trailing Spouses, and Labor Market Attachment
Alicia Plemmons*, Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleOccupational Regulation and Ethnic Enclaves
Darwyyn Deyo*, San Jose State UniversityLocked Out: The Labor Market Effects of Licensing Bans for Criminal Records
Nicholas Carollo*, University of California, Los AngelesThe Impact of Occupational Licensing on Earnings and Employment: Evidence from State-Level Policy Changes
Discussants: Morris M. Kleiner, University of Minnesota; Brad Larsen, Stanford University; and Michele Pellizzari, University of Geneva
5:30 - 5:45 pm ET


Conference Activities  •  6/6/2021
10:30 - 10:45 am ET
Moderators: Emily Smith and Bernadette Tiemann, LERA
11 am - 12 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
FMCS Commissioners will talk about their use of Ring Central, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, the telephone, and a variety of internet and electronic platforms to aid communications and problem-solving as well as and what they are seeing in relationships between labor and management, individual employment complaints, and training courses.
Moderators: Eileen B. Hoffman, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Sarah Morgan, International Labour Organization Office for the United States
Panelists: Kevin J. Wagner and Antoinette Turner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Christopher Land-Kazlauskas, International Labour Organization, Geneva
The integration of technology and the expansion of information technology into the workplace offers both opportunities as well as risks for workers' job quality and bargaining power. This panel will explore new research on how asymmetric information, surveillance, and new management techniques may give employers greater control, but worker-controlled technology and information can balance bargaining power and increase wages.
Moderator: Brishen Rogers, Temple University
Presenters: Kathryn Zickuhr*, Washington Center for Equitable GrowthThe Future of Worker Surveillance
Alexandra Mateescu*, Data & Society Research InstituteWorkplace Monitoring and Surveillance in the Domestic Care Industry
Luke Elliott-Negri*, CUNY Graduate Center; Ruth Milkman, City University of New York Graduate Center; Kathleen Griesbach and Adam Reich, Columbia UniversityBack to the Future! Algorithmically-obscured Piece Rate Pay and Worker Resistance in the Gig Economy
Jasmine Hill*, Stanford UniversityGood Jobs, Bad Intel: How Racial Inequality Persists in the Information Age
Discussants: Annette Bernhardt, University of California, Berkeley; and Chandra Childers, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Chair: Thomas J. Norman, California State University Dominguez Hills
Presenters: John Forth*, City, University of London; Alex Bryson, University College London; and Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, University of CyprusThe Role of the Workplace in Ethnic Wage Differentials
Julieth Santamaria*, University of MinnesotaWhen a Stranger Shall Sojourn With Thee: The Impact of the Venezuelan Exodus on Colombian Labor Markets
Katherine Maich*, UC BerkeleyJuntos Estamos Divididos: Gendered Unity and Distinction in an Immigrant Worker Center
Joey Soehardjojo*, Cardiff University; and Guglielmo Meardi, Scuola Normale SuperioreEmbedded and Layered Contestation in the Diffusion of Dominant HRM Models: Evidence of Japanese Management Practice Adoption in Indonesia
5.5  LERA Best Papers V: Race (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania
Presenters: Virginia Parks* and Ian Ross Baran, University of California IrvineHow Structural and Frontline Practices in a Union-Public Sector Job Training Program Matter for Racial and Gender Equity
Jesse Wursten*, KU Leuven; and Michael Reich, University of California, BerkeleyDo Minimum Wages Still Reduce Racial Inequality? Are White Workers Hurt?
Phela I. Townsend*, Rutgers UniversityWhy do Black Worker Centers Exist? A Critical Analysis of Race and Worker Organizing
5.6  Conducting Investigative Interviews (Skill-Building)—Breakout Stream 6
Every organization must at various times conduct workplace investigations of a variety of possible problems: e.g., harassment; bullying; accidents; theft; fighting. One of the most important data collection tools in these cases is to interview witnesses, particularly those who were at or about the scene of the incident itself. This session will provide detailed instructions and practice using a cognitive interviewing application dubbed, "slicing the bologna."
Moderator: Antone Aboud, Pennsylvania State University
Featured Speaker: Antone Aboud, Pennsylvania State University
11 am - 12 pm ET
Moderators: John McCarthy, Cornell University; and Saul Rubinstein, Rutgers University
12:15 - 1:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
How the UAW and Ford came together in the battle against the Coronavirus; from the shutdown of operations, to answering the call for much needed safety equipment. UAW and Ford leadership discuss the challenges they faced to build cars, keep employees safe and save lives.
Moderator: Bill Dirksen, The Ford Motor Company (ret.)
Panelists: Jenny Torony and Wendy Burkett, Ford Motor Company; Steve Zimmerla and Brandon Keatts, United Auto Workers
Unconscious bias is ubiquitous and, when left unrecognized, insidious. Workplace neutrals have a responsibility to actively and openly manage their own biases - both conscious and unconscious - in an effort to counteract them and render the fairest decisions possible. And although unconscious biases are pervasive, we can seek to neutralize them through training, action, and awareness. This session is designed to facilitate a discussion around arbitrators' own unconscious biases, discussing the dangers of leaving unconscious biases unattended and practical ways to manage, eliminate, or ameliorate their caustic effects.
Moderator: Mark Gough, Pennsylvania State University
Panelists: Betty Widgeon, Arbitrator, Special Master, Fact Finder and Mediator; and Lee Hornberger, Arbitrator and Mediator
This roundtable provides an inter-disciplinary discussion of the central importance of unequal workplace bargaining power to the full range of policies needed to transform and rebuild the nation. There will be brief presentations followed by a moderated discussion. Freedoms in and out of the workplace are addressed in Philosophy. Recognition of unequal power is required to restore constitutional, statutory, and common law workplace protections. Rebuilding collective bargaining and workplace civic engagement is central to a robust democracy. Increasingly unequal power has led to wage suppression and inequality. Unequal power sabotages our ability to have effective anti-discrimination policies in our workplaces.
Moderator: Cynthia Estlund, New York University
Panelists: Sam Bagenstos and Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan; Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Suresh Naidu, Columbia University; and Jenny R. Yang, U.S. Department of Labor
Chair: Xiangmin (Helen) Liu, Rutgers University
Presenters: Lindsey Cameron*, University of Pennsylvania; and Hatim A. Rahman, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University(Not) Seeing Like an Algorithm: Managerial Control and Worker Resistance in the Platform Economy
Arvind Karunakaran*, McGill UniversityFront-Line Professionals in the Wake of Social Media Scrutiny: A Process Model of Obscured Accountability
Yao Yao*, University of Ottawa; and Sida Liu, University of TorontoWhere Rookies Prevail: Digital Habitus and Age-based Earnings Differentials in Online Legal Services
Kwan Lee*, University of Houston VictoriaTies that Bind but Pay: The Consequences of Noncompete Agreements on Compensation
6.5  LERA Best Papers VI: Technical Change Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles
Presenters: Trevor Quan*, Faun Rice and Mairead Matthews, Digital Think Tank by ICTCResponsible Innovation in Canada and Beyond: Understanding and Improving the Social Impacts of Technology
Laurence Ales, Christophe Combemale*, Erica Fuchs and Kate S. Whitefoot, Carnegie Mellon UniversityHow It's Made: A General Theory of the Labor Implications of Technological Change
6.6  Union Responses to New Technology (Panel)—Breakout Stream 6
From hospital wards to restaurants to the manufacturing shop floor to modes of transportation, 21st century technology is transforming the ways services are delivered, goods and people are transported, and products are manufactured. While technology impacts the choices that consumers have, it also has potentially profound repercussions on workers. Representatives from four different unionized industries (healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation) will discuss new technologies that are becoming more prevalent in their industries, how those technologies are transforming work and impacting workers, and union responses to the new technologies.
Moderator: Adam Seth Litwin, Cornell University
Panelists: Ben Begleiter, UNITE HERE; Jennifer Kelly, United Automobile Workers; Brendan Danaher, Transport Workers Union of America; and Hal Ruddick, Alliance of Health Care Unions
12:15 - 1:15 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, President-Elect and Program Chair
1:15 - 1:45 pm ET
1:45 - 2:45 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to share their online teaching experiences utilizing online tools to effectively support students’ learning in classes related to labor and employment relations. The facilitators will provide a set of introductory comments. Participants will then meet in Zoom breakout rooms to identify online activities during the pandemic which they believe were most effective in teaching labor and employment relations concepts. Sufficient time will be provided to groups to present the outcome of the small group discussions. The facilitators will record the groups’ contributions and distribute the results to participants following the workshop.
Moderators: Antone Aboud, Pennsylvania State University; Michael Wasser, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; and Carla Katz, Rutgers University
This session offers a framework for analyzing and conceptualizing workplace conflict to assist with design and implementation of effective mediation interventions. The framework includes questions for mediators to reflect on, before and during the course of a mediation, to bring key elements of the conflict into focus, including the nature of the dispute, types of conflict involved, characteristics of disputants, and power dynamics. The panel will draw on concepts of reflective mediation practice outlined The Making of a Mediator (Lang & Taylor, 2000) and comparative theories of conflict across several disciplinary perspectives as bases for more effectively responding to collective bargaining and other workplace disputes.
Moderator: Janet Gillman, Oregon Employment Relations Board
Panelists: Steve Irvin, Oregon Employment Relations Board; and Todd Dickey, Syracuse University
7.3  Capital and Labor After Trump (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 3
Chair: Matthew M. Bodah, University of Rhode Island
Presenters: Michael Hillard*, University of Southern Maine; and Richard McIntyre, University of Rhode IslandWhy Is There So Much Talk of Stakeholderism, and So Little of It?
Steven Greenhouse*, Author and Former New York Times ReporterMaking Sense of White Industrial Workers and the 2020 Election
Wilma B. Liebman*, LERA President"Business, Labor, and the Divided (or United) Government After Trump"?
Chair: Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University
Presenters: Roger White*, Arizona State UniversityIncome Tax Noncompliance and Professional License Suspension: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Missouri
Or Shay* and Adam Seth Litwin, Cornell UniversityWhat Do Unions Do… for Temps? Collective Bargaining and the Job Quality Penalty
Nathan Wilmers*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Nicole Kreisberg, Brown UniversityBlacklist or Short List: Do Employers Discriminate Against Union Supporters
Patrick Hibbard*, Lisa Blomgren Amsler and M. Scott Jackman, Indiana UniversityRepresentative Bureaucracy and Organizational Justice in Mediation
7.5  LERA Best Papers VII: Technical Change Part B (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Larry Liam Ching Liu*, Princeton UniversityThe Relationship between Job Quality and Automatability of Occupations
Andrew Weaver* and Suyeon Kang, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignEmployer-Provided Training and Technical Change
Turner Cotterman*, Mitchell Small and Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon UniversityThe Transition to Electrified Vehicles: Implications for the Future of Automotive Manufacturing and Worker Skills and Occupations?
3 - 4 pm ET
Moderator: Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President
4:15 - 4:30 pm ET


Conference Activities  •  6/7/2021
10 - 10:15 am ET
Moderators: Emily Smith and Bernadette Tiemann, LERA
10:30 - 11:15 am ET
Moderators: Fred Alvarez, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass and Former EEOC Commissioner; and Jenny R. Yang, U.S. Department of Labor
Featured Speakers: Darrick Hamilton, The New School; Fred Redmond, United Steelworkers; and Johnna Torsone, Pitney Bowes
11:15 am - 1:30 pm ET
Moderators: Matthew Hinkel, Michigan State University; and Ki-Jung Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Panelists: Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President; Peter Berg, Michigan State University; Dionne Pohler, University of Toronto; and Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Featured Speaker: Thomas A. Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:15 am - 12:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
8.1  LERA Award Winners Roundtable (Round Table)—Breakout Stream 1
Moderators: Paul F. Clark, President-Elect and Program Chair; and Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania
Panelists: Jack Fiorito, Florida State University; Alexander J.S. Colvin, Cornell University; Richard Fincher, Workplace Resolutions LLC; Christian Ibsen, University of Copenhagen; and Edward Potter, The Coca-Cola Company
8.2  The Impact of COVID-19 on Workers and Businesses (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 2
Chair: Dionne Pohler, University of Toronto
Presenters: Kourtney Koebel* and Dionne Pohler, University of TorontoLabor Markets in Crisis: The Double Liability of Low-Wage Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Alycia Damp*, Shannon Potter and Dionne Pohler, University of TorontoCOVID-19 and Organizations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jordan Lewis-Morden* and Dionne Pohler, University of TorontoCo-operatives in a Time of Crisis: The Impact of Banking with a Credit Union During COVID-19 on Business Viability
8.3  Weathering COVID Without Work (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 3
Chair: Daniel Schneider, Harvard Kennedy School
Presenters: Alex Bartik*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Marianne Bertrand and Feng Lin, University of Chicago; Jesse Rothstein and Matt Unrath, University of California, BerkeleyMeasuring the Labor Market at the Onset of the COVID-19 Crisis
Bradley L. Hardy*, American University; Charles M. Hokayem, Centre College; and Stephen Roll, Washington University in St. LouisRacial Disparities in Labor Market Outcomes Due to COVID-19
Daniel Schneider, Harvard Kennedy School; Kristen Harknett*, University of California, San Francisco; and Annette Gailliot, Harvard Kennedy SchoolThe Consequences of Unemployment for Service Sector Workers during COVID-19
Anna Gassman-Pines, Duke University; Elizabeth O. Ananat*, Barnard College, Columbia University; and John Fitz-Henley II, Duke UniversityIdentifying Effects of Jobs with Unpredictable Scheduling on Worker and Family Well-being: Evidence from Multiple Approaches
Discussant: Alix Gould-Werth, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Industrial Relations (IR) has a long-existing white dominance in theories of organizing, employment relations, and economic democracy, cloaked in the language of colorblindness. In this session, the editors will discuss drafts of the forthcoming LERA volume on Critical Race Theory and Industrial Relations.
Moderator: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Panelists: Naomi R Williams and Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Rutgers University
Discussant: Tamara Lee, Rutgers University
8.5  LERA Best Papers VIII: International Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Rutgers University
Presenters: Lorenzo Frangi*, University of Québec at Montréal; and Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignGlobal Union Federations in Affiliates' Websites: Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Play in Organizational Identity
Marissa Brookes*, University of California, RiversideTransnational Labor Campaigns: How Many, Where, and When?
Lorenzo Frangi, University of Québec at Montréal; Jack Fiorito, Florida State University; and Tingting Zhang*, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignStill Two Different Twins? Union Attitudinal and Behavioral Insights Across the USA-Canada Border
Yiluyi Zeng*, University of WarwickPerceiving Exploitation: Freelancers Understanding of Work and Relations With Clients
8.6  Labor and Democracy (Panel)—Breakout Stream 6
At a time when democracy is challenged around the globe, this session explores the role of organized labor in democracy from interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. The participants are part of an edited volume on this topic forthcoming at Cambridge University Press.
Moderator: Angela B. Cornell, Cornell University
Presenters: Wilma B. Liebman*, LERA PresidentIndustrial Democracy in the U.S. Past and Present
Nelson Lichtenstein*, University of California, Santa BarbaraSectoral Bargaining in the U.S., Historical Roots of 21st Century Renewal
Kenneth Roberts*, Cornell UniversityLabor and Democracy: Constructing, Deepening and Defending Citizenship Rights
Chanda Chungu*, University of ZambiaLabour and Challenges to Democracy: Selective African Perspectives on Labour Rights as Enhancers of Democratic Governance
11:15 am - 12:15 pm ET
Moderators: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.); and Bonnie Castrey, Dispute Resolution Services
12:30 - 1:30 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
How will - or won't - the pandemic cause long-term change in areas like work structures, benefits, and power?
Moderator: Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg
Panelists: Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute; Janice Fine, Rutgers University; and Marshall Babson, Seyfarth
Discussant: Juliana Feliciano Reyes, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chair: Kathryn Zickuhr, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Presenters: Robert Manduca*, University of MichiganThe Intersection of Racial and Regional Economic Inequality
Chris Becker*, Stanford UniversityHistorical Lessons From the American South for Addressing Regional Inequality
Jaimie Worker*, Economic Policy InstitutePreempting Progress: State Interference in Local Policymaking Prevents People of Color, Women, and Low-income Workers from Making Ends Meet in the South
Zoe Willingham*, Center for American ProgressThe Path to Rural Resilience in America
This session explores how Fair Workweek Laws, with special attention to its access to hours and part-time parity provisions, are addressing the economic challenges and harms caused by volatile scheduling practices and underemployment. We present new research on the prevalence of part-time worker underemployment in the United States, its impact on specific worker communities, and how these harms are being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic labor market. This session will bring together researchers with advocates for these new labor standards, at both the local and national levels, to derive key lessons for implementation, enforcement and further reform given their limitations.
Moderator: Adewale Maye, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Presenter: Lonnie Golden*, Penn State AbingtonThe Involuntary Part-time Work and Underemployment Problem in the U.S.
Panelist: Rachel Deutsch, The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)
Discussant: Julie Vogtman, National Women's Law Center
The impact of Covid 19 in workplaces around the world has received significant attention since the beginning of the pandemic because of the critical role they play in the economy and the potential they have to spread the virus. Few workplaces have received as much attention in this regard as university campuses which have seen many significant workplace changes since the start of the crisis. This session will focus on the role that faculty and graduate student voices played in the formation of Covid 19-related policies and practices at U.S. universities. Session 11.4 will look at this issues at universities around the world.
Moderator: Jack Fiorito, Florida State University
Presenters: Rebecca Kolins Givan*, Rutgers UniversityRutgers' Faculty Union's Role in Giving Faculty, Other Workers, and the Community a Voice in COVID-19 Planning
Amir Fleischman*, University of Michigan Graduate Employees' Organization, AFT Local 3550University of Michigan Graduate Employees' Historic Strike for a Safe and Just Campus
Paul F. Clark*, President-Elect and Program ChairWhat Happens When a Large University Without a Faculty Union Addresses the Pandemic?: You Get a Top Down Plan
9.5  LERA Best Papers IX: International Part B (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Hao Zhang, Renmin University
Presenters: Juliana Brandao*, Holly Gibbs, Jane Collins and Lisa Naughton, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUsing Public and Private Initiatives to Confront Modern Slavery: Lessons From Cattle Production in Pará, Brazil
Weihao Li*, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThe Effects of Populism on Management Views of Employee Consultation: Evidence from European Workplaces
Salil Sapre*, Michigan State UniversityGoing Global but Staying Local: The Mechanics of a Local Labor Control Regime in Export-Oriented Garment Manufacturing in India
9.6  LERA/AILR Best Papers (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 6
Chairs: David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles; and Paul J. Gollan, University of Wollongong
Presenters: Stacy A. Hickox* and Alia Sloan, Michigan State UniversityPerspectives on the Hiring Process from both Employers and Applicants with a Criminal Record
Rita Trivedi*, National Labor Relations BoardConsequences of a Mismatch: Remedial Philosophy and Statutory Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act
Rachel Sederberg*, Northeastern UniversityNo Longer Qualified? Changes in the Supply and Demand for Skills within Occupations
Hyesook Chung*, Cornell UniversityFlexible Staffing Practices, Unit-level Turnover, and Performance Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic
David Jacobs*, American UniversityToward a Differentiated Model of Industrial Relations in the United States
12:30 - 1:30 pm ET
Jonathan F. Cohen, Esq. (Plosia Cohen, LLC) has been the President of the New Jersey Chapter since 2019 and involved on the Board during a period of tremendous Chapter growth in membership, meeting attendance and general interest. Jonathan will outline methods used by the New Jersey Chapter to stimulate interest, including identifying key constituencies in the local community, designing programming to cater to the core audience, determining methods to grow the organization through strategic partnerships (including by expanding the Board of Trustees to include influential members), creating a value for membership and other initiatives. J. Felix De La Torre is the General Counsel for the California Public and Employment Relations Board and an Executive Board Member of the Northern California LERA (NorCal LERA) Chapter. Mr. De La Torre joined the NorCal LERA Board in 2019 and has played an integral role in reviving the recently inactive Chapter which has grown exponentially in just two years. The Chapter’s footprint has also expanded to include the San Francisco and Bay Area following a recent merger. NorCal LERA’s success is attributable to its devoted Board of dedicated, diverse labor and employment relations professionals who share a common goal of fostering better relationships and understanding among management, government, academia, neutrals and labor representatives. Mr. De La Torre will share valuable insight and strategies that have proven successful for increased chapter growth including strategies for recruiting leadership, members and creative ways to facilitate engagement regarding emerging trends and legal developments.
Moderators: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.); and Bonnie Castrey, Dispute Resolution Services
Featured Speakers: Jonathan Cohen, Plosia Cohen LLC; and J. Felix De La Torre, California Public and Employment Relations Board
1:45 - 2:45 pm ET
Moderator: Wilma B. Liebman, LERA President-Elect and Program Chair
Featured Speaker: Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President
3 - 5:15 pm ET
Moderators: Mark Gough, Pennsylvania State University; and Tashlin Lakhani, Cornell University
Panelists: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University; Alan Benson, University of Minnesota; Adrienne E. Eaton, LERA President; Alexander J.S. Colvin and Rosemary Batt, Cornell University; Chris Riddell, University of Waterloo; and John S. Heywood, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3 - 4 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Hear from academics in top labor relations programs on the importance of employment/labor relations courses in higher education, how their coverage of ER/LR courses have changed over the course of their career, how they incorporate research into their classes, and practical tips/advice for teaching ER/LR courses. Panelists, ranging from Assistant to Full Professor, have experience teaching ER/LR courses in traditional labor relations programs and business schools.
Moderator: Mark Gough, Pennsylvania State University
Panelists: John W. Budd, University of Minnesota; Michael David Maffie, Pennsylvania State University; Tamara Lee, Rutgers University; and Christine Riordan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native Americans face some of the most constricted economic opportunity in the United States. There is unfortunately limited data and research that centers the unique cultural contexts of labor market conditions facing Native Americans. This symposium will feature insights from top experts in economic analysis of Native Americans to demonstrate that encouraging more research and targeting policy toward these communities will foster economic security among some of the most marginalized workers in the U.S. labor market.
Moderator: William Spriggs, AFL-CIO
Presenters: Randall Akee*, University of California, Los Angeles; Emilia Simeonova, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; and Maggie R. Jones, United States Census BureauDo Cash Transfers During Childhood Reduce Racial Income Inequality in Adulthood? Evidence from American Indian Casino Cash Transfers
Blythe George*, University of California, BerkeleyConceptions of Work and "the Body": Implications for the Labor Market Preferences of World Renewal Men with Criminal Records
Jeffrey Burnette*, Rochester Institute of TechnologyChallenges of Collecting Education Data for Native Communities
10.3  Labor Studies and the Future of Work(ers) (Panel)—Breakout Stream 3
This panel presents and discusses the LERA Research Volume 2021 [Revaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future, edited by Tobias Schulze-Cleven and Todd E. Vachon]
Moderator: Naomi R Williams, Rutgers University
Presenters: Tobias Schulze-Cleven* and Todd Vachon, Rutgers UniversityRevaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future
Saul Rubinstein*, Rutgers University; and John McCarthy, Cornell UniversityScaling Collaborative School Reform
Michelle Van Noy*, Heather McKay and Alysa Hannon, Rutgers UniversityChallenging Neoliberal Education Policy from Within the Paradigm
Discussants: Virginia Doellgast, Cornell University; and Martin Krzywdzinski, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
This panel will explore the impact of COVID-19 on app-based worker organizing in ridehail, logistical, and domestic work.
Moderator: Sarah E. Mason, University of California, Santa Cruz
Panelists: Andrew Wolf, University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Magally A. Miranda Alcazar, University of California, Los Angeles
10.5  LERA Best Papers X: Nature of Work Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Yea Hee Ko, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenters: Jenna E. Myers*, University of TorontoThe Future of Training; Vendor and User Co-production of New Knowledge Surrounding Fast-changing, Digital Technologies
Xincheng Qiu* and Eric Jincheng Huang, University of PennsylvaniaLabor Misallocation with Precautionary Saving
Gregory Lyon*, Georgetown UniversityJob Security, Partisanship, and Environmental Regulation
Jeongrock Kim*, Tasneem Omar Ava, Jalana Ellis, Daniela Febres and Amanda Klavert, University of TorontoRetooling the Double-Edged Sword: Exploring the Impact of Functional Heterogeneity on Informal Cross-Functional Collaboration
4:15 - 5:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
In the last year we have seen a surge of protest activities ranging from employee walkouts over workplace safety issues, to marches for racial and social justice, and professional athletes refusing to play despite no-strike clauses in their labor agreements. This session will discuss the legal issues, efforts to frame such situations in law and media, and practical points for parties in the labor relations field to consider in evaluating rights and strategies on such actions affecting the workplace.
Moderator: Thomas A. Lenz, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo
Panelists: Thomas A. Lenz, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo; Latika Malkani, Siegel LeWitter Malkani; Mori Rubin and William Cowen, National Labor Relations Board
11.2  Competition and Institutions in Labor Markets (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 2
Chair: Michael Lipsitz, Federal Trade Commission
Presenters: Anna Stansbury*, MIT Sloan School of Management; Gregor Schubert, Harvard University; and Bledi Taska, Burning Glass TechnologiesEmployer Concentration and Outside Options
Suresh Naidu*, Columbia University; and Eric Posner, University of ChicagoLabor Monopsony and the Limits of the Law
Michael Lipsitz*, Federal Trade Commission; and Mark Tremblay, Miami UniversityNoncompete Agreements through the Lens of Antitrust
11.3  Teacher Compensation, Education, and Unequal Opportunity (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 3
Chair: Kate Bahn, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Presenters: Eunice Hahn*, University of UtahTeacher Compensation and Student Performance: Evidence from National Data on Districts' Finances and Standardized Test Scores
Patrice Mareschal* and Jeffrey H. Keefe, Rutgers UniversityBetter Pay and Unequal Educational Opportunity
Sylvia A. Allegretto*, University of California, Berkeley; and Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy InstituteTrends in the Teacher Wage and Compensation Penalties Through 2019
Discussant: Kate Bahn, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Chair: Christine Riordan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Arrow Minster*, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDisrupting the Rhythm of the Night: Collective Action Among Nightlife Entertainers During COVID-19
Carla Lima Aranzaes*, Michigan State University; Christian Ibsen, University of Copenhagen; Maite Tapia and Phillip DeOrtentiis, Michigan State UniversitySolidarity with Temporary Workers?
Benjamin Aaron Kreider*, A Tale of Two Campaigns: Opportunities and Challenges for Collaboration between Immigrant Worker Centers and Unions
Salil Sapre* and Maite Tapia, Michigan State UniversityChallenging Systemic Oppression through Contentious Action: Analyzing Labor Contestation by Marginalized Workers using Critical Race Theory
Discussant: Eric Dirnbach, Laborers' International Union of North America
11.5  LERA Best Papers XI: Nature of Work Part B (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Hyesook Chung, Cornell University
Presenters: Yea Hee Ko*, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Personal Specialization
Bulin Zhang* and Xiangmin (Helen) Liu, Rutgers UniversityTo Gain Knowledge and Support: The Online Discussion Topics for Ride-hailing Platform Workers - A Text Mining Perspective
Mark Erlich*, Harvard UniversityMisclassification in Construction: The Original Gig Economy
The impact of Covid 19 in workplaces around the world has received significant attention since the beginning of the pandemic because of the critical role they play in the economy and the potential they have to spread the virus. Few workplaces have received as much attention in this regard as university campuses which have seen many significant workplace changes since the start of the crisis. This session will focus on the role that faculty voice played in the formation of Covid 19-related policies and practices at university campuses in four countries: Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Moderator: Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania
Presenters: Greg J. Bamber*, Monash University (Melbourne); and Alison Barnes, The National Tertiary Education UnionAustralian Faculty Union's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rafael Gomez*, University of TorontoDealing with COVID at a Large Canadian University With a Strong Faculty Union
Ana Lopes*, Newcastle UniversityThe Response of UK Faculty Unions to the COVID-19 Crisis
5:30 - 5:45 pm ET
5:30 - 5:45 pm ET


Conference Activities  •  6/8/2021
10:30 - 10:45 am ET
Moderators: Emily Smith and Bernadette Tiemann, LERA
11 am - 12 pm ET
Most of us have a sense of the Democratic agenda for working people, but wrongly assume the only conservative alternatives rest on market fundamentalism. This session introduces LERA members to the "new," more-nuanced approaches that conservatives are taking to the issues we care about. It also allows for the critique of these approaches by a long-time LERA member who can also speak to Democrats' thinking around these issues and help audience members judge for themselves whether or not workers should open their minds to a new strain of conservatism.
Moderator: Cynthia Estlund, New York University
Featured Speakers: Oren Cass, American Compass; and Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO
12:15 - 1:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
12.1  Technology and the Future of Work (Panel)—Breakout Stream 1
Three authors of forthcoming books and one commentator will discuss the impact of technology on labor markets and the organization and experience of work.
Moderator: Cynthia Estlund, New York University
Panelists: Ifeoma Ajunwa, UNC School of Law; Cynthia Estlund, New York University; and Brishen Rogers, Temple University
Discussant: Valerio De Stefano, University of Leuven
Presentations will discuss key arguments and findings from a forthcoming book examining labor-management relations, human resource management, and legal claims-making surrounding Walmart stores in Brazil, with comparative reference to experiences in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Discussants were pioneers in initial research on Walmart's controversial model and the company's initial expansion overseas. Presenters examine why Walmart experience such legal pushback and then left Brazil, and highly variable degrees of legal and union contestation across the four Latin American countries
Moderator: Maria Lorena Cook, Cornell University
Presenters: Katiuscia Galhera*, Dourados Federal UniversityUneasy Co-Existence: Conflictual Cooperation and Repressive Familialism at Walmart Brazil
Scott B. Martin*, Columbia UniversityDivergent National Patterns of Labor Contestation Surrounding Walmart: Comparisons with Argentina, Chile, and Mexico
Joao Paulo Candia Veiga*, Universidade de Sao PauloAnalyzing Walmart's Competitive Decline and Exit from Brazil: Labor Claims and Failures of Global Diffusion
Discussants: Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Chris Tilly, University of California, Los Angeles
12.3  Political Parties as Employment Relations Actors (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 3
Chair: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Presenters: Ryan Lamare*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and John W. Budd, University of MinnesotaThe Changing Engagement of Political Parties in Industrial Relations: A Comparative, Longitudinal Analysis of Political Party Manifestos
Marick Masters*, Wayne State University; and Raymond F. Gibney, Penn State HarrisburgThe Role of Unions in Democratic Presidential Politics
Arianna Tassinari*, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies - MPIfGDisintermediation or Marriages of Convenience? Anti-System Parties and Social Concertation in Southern Europe
12.4  LERA Best Papers XII: Law and Regulations (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 4
Chair: Zan Blue, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Presenters: Aibak Hafeez*, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignResolving Discrimination Claims in a Post-dispute Voluntary Arbitration System: An Empirical Analysis of the Securities Industry
Assaf Shlomo Bondy*, Tel-Aviv University; and Jonathan Preminger, Cardiff UniversityEmbracing Juridification, Renewing Collective IR: Collective Response to the 'Employment Rights Regime'
12.5  LERA Best Papers XIII: Labor Unions and Employee Voice Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Dillan Francesca Bono-Lunn, Elon University
Presenters: Mark R Reiff*, University of California at DavisThe Union as a Basic Institution of Society
Hye Jin Rho*, Michigan State University; and Christine Riordan, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignExercising Voice in the Decentralized Work of Travel Nursing
Lisa Kresge*, University of California, BerkeleyUnion Collective Bargaining Agreement Strategies in Response to Data-Driven Technologies
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a bright spotlight on long-term safety hazards and socioeconomic disparities faced by workers in every stage of the food-production chain. In an era of divided government and regulatory lethargy, neither large industrial food sector employers nor federal and state agencies can be expected to protect the wellbeing and rights of workers. The Just Purchasing Consortium, a coalition of private and state universities, labor unions, and non-governmental organizations proposes that major institutional purchasers require elevated standards on the part of food-sector providers, affording workers a collective voice on the job and a safe and equitable workplace.
Moderator: Robert Stumberg, Georgetown University
Panelists: Mark Pearce, Workers Rights Institute, Georgetown University; Sapna Thottathil (invited), Associate Director of Sustainability, University of California; Ravi Anupindi (invited), Center for Value Chain Innovation, University of Michigan; and Patrick Dixon, Georgetown University
1:30 - 2:30 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Presenters: Tashlin Lakhani* and Rosemary Batt, Cornell UniversityHow Do Franchise Brand Requirements and Control Mechanisms Affect Pay and Working Conditions in Franchisee Units?
Kati Griffith*, Cornell University; and Andrew Elmore, University of MiamiFranchisor Power as Employment Control
Can Ouyang*, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityIs Growth a Blessing or an Obstacle? Effect of Franchise Growth on Franchisees' Investment in Human Resource Management
Lance Compa*, Cornell University; and Tony Royle, University of YorkCommand Central: A Comparative Analysis of McDonald's Franchising and Collective Bargaining in Five Countries
Discussants: Mary Joyce Carlson, counsel to Fight for Fifteen; and John A. Gordon, Pacific Management Consulting Group
Chair: Tony Dobbins, Birmingham Business School
Presenters: Martin Behrens*, Hans Boeckler Foundation; and Andi Pekarek, University of MelbourneDelivering the Goods? German Industrial Relations Institutions During the COVID-19 Crisis
David Peetz*, Griffith University; Sean O'Brady, McMaster University; Johanna Weststar, Western University; Rae Cooper and Marian Baird, University of SydneyContradictions of Control and Insecurity During the COVID-19 Crisis in Australian and Canadian Universities
Christian Ibsen*, University of Copenhagen; Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University; Christine Riordan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Maite Tapia, Michigan State UniversityDo Institutions Mitigate Risks for Exposed Workers during COVID? Evidence from a Cross-National Survey of Danish and American Workers
13.3  Putting Labor's Capital to Work (Workshop)—Breakout Stream 3
Recent developments in pension plan governance, and more broadly for institutional investors, have stressed the importance of investment risk mitigation strategies which consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in allocating capital. This workshop will address the roles, functions and opportunities organized labor has in applying ESG principles to pension plan assets.
Moderator: Stephen R. Sleigh, Sleigh Strategy LLC
Panelists: Tom Croft, Steel Valley Authority; Keith Mestrich, Amalgamated Bank; and Randy Kinder, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation
13.4  LERA Best Papers XIV: Law and Dispute Resolution (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 4
Chair: Debra L. Casey, Temple University
Presenters: Adam D.K. King*, Leah Vosko and Olena Lyubchenko, York University; and Veldon Coburn, Institute of Indigenous Research and StudiesExploring the Origins of "the Core of Indianness": Four B Manufacturing v The United Garment Workers of America (1979)
David Nash* and Deborah Hann, Cardiff UniversityShips Passing in the Night? Strategic Human Resource Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the U.K.
John Revitte* and Robert F. Banks, Michigan State UniversityDispute Resolution Among the 14 Big Ten Universities Regarding Their Non-Union Faculty and Academic Staff Grievances
13.5  LERA Best Papers XV: Labor Unions and Employee Voice Part A (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Ian Greer, Cornell University
Presenters: Eric Benjamin Blanc*, New York UniversityRank-and-File Organizing and Digital Mobilizing in the 2018 Teachers' Strikes
Stephen Silvia*, American UniversityLabor Unions and Industrial Policy
Rachel Aleks, University of Windsor; and John Kallas*, Cornell UniversityStarting Off on the Right Foot: How Organizing Tactics Affect First Contract Negotiations
Andrew Keyes*, Florida State University; Zachary A. Russell, Xavier University; and Jack Fiorito, Florida State UniversityWorkplace Instrumentality, Prosocial Instrumentality, and Union Satisfaction
13.6  The Role of Education and Training in the Economic Recovery (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 6
Chairs: Michelle Van Noy and Heather McKay, Rutgers University
Presenters: Justin Vinton*, Rutgers UniversityEU Models of Technician Education
Ann-Claire Anderson*, CORDFuture of Work and Technician Education
Iris Palmer*, New AmericaNew Models of Career Preparation
Discussant: Stephen Crawford, The George Washington University
2:45 - 3:45 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
This roundtable will lift up a new type of work - data work - and the associated collaborative institutional arrangements that are associated with the work - multi-stakeholder consortia. The focus is on the open sharing of data and software in science, featuring the people who make up this cyber-infrastructure and the work that has accelerated with COVID. This will be a roundtable format featuring stories and principles informing theory, policy, and practice.
Moderator: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University
Panelists: Matt Mayernick, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Barbara Mittleman, WayMark Analytics; Michael David Maffie, Pennsylvania State University; Nick Berente, University of Notre Dame; Helen Berman, Rutgers University; Ron Hutchins, University of Virginia; and Alysia Garmulewicz, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Discussant: John L. King, University of Michigan
This panel critically examines the treatment of seafarers during the pandemic through the lens of the ILO, US Coast Guard, international shippers, and international seafarers. Owing to new border restrictions, 400,000 seafarers are stranded at sea. They cannot disembark, and therefore cannot stop working, despite the expiration of their employment contracts and the arduous journey at sea. These men and women are tired, miss their families, and are frightened. Global and labor governance is failing them.
Moderator: Alexander J.S. Colvin, Cornell University
Panelists: Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University; Brandt Wagner, ILO; Fabrizio Barcellona, International Transport Workers' Federation; Tim Springett, UK Chamber of Shipping; Birgit Pauksztat, Uppsala University; and Naim Nazha, Transport Canada
Leaders from labor-management partnerships in health care, transportation, hospitality, and building services will discuss how their worker-voice infrastructure allowed them to meet the needs of vulnerable and essential workers, distribute vital technology, train for critical demand occupations, develop urgent health and safety interventions, reemploy laid-off workers, and protect public health and vulnerable communities. The California Workforce Development Board will comment on why and how the public workforce system supported their efforts. Panelists will highlight strategies to expand and strengthen worker voice in conjunction with employer engagement to rebuild the economy and respond to economic disruption.
Moderator: Pamela L. Egan, University of California, Berkeley
Panelists: Rebecca Hanson, SEIU UHW & The Education Fund; Adine Forman, Hospitality Training Academy; Luis Sandoval, Building Skills Partnership; and Deborah Moy, California Transit Works!
Discussant: Aida Cardenas, California Workforce Development Board
14.4  LERA Best Papers XVI: Labor-Management Relations (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 4
Chair: Elena Falcettoni, Board of Governors
Presenters: Rafael Gomez*, University of Toronto; Alex Bryson, University College London; and Akshay Mohan, University of TorontoTrust and Cooperation in Labor-Management Relations
Salil Gadgil, University of California, Los Angeles Anderson; and Jason Sockin*, University of PennsylvaniaCaught in the Act: How Corporate Scandals Hurt Employees
Lian Zhou*, Guangdong University of Technology; Chunyun Li, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University; Long Zhang, Hunan University; and Jonathan Booth, London School of Economics and Political ScienceEmployee-Organization Relationships and Workplace Deviance: A Marxist Perspective
Antonio Falato*, Federal Reserve Board; Hyunseob Kim, Cornell University; and Till M. von Wachter, University of California, Los AngelesShareholder Power and the Decline of Labor
14.5  LERA Best Papers XVII: Wages (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 5
Chair: Michael Loconto, Labor Arbitrator
Presenters: Anil Verma*, University of TorontoLow Wage Work: Can Workers Escape Low Wages? Recent Evidence from a Survey & Implications for Policy
Matthew Hinkel*, Michigan State UniversityMisclassified Information: The Effect of Prevailing Wage Laws on Informal Construction Employment
Kyoko Suzuki*, University of TokyoUnions' Effects on Wage Inequality in Japan
Zhengxiong Yang* and Shiwei Zhang, Jilin University; and Mingwei Liu, Rutgers UniversityCrossover Design and the Evaluation of the Labor Market Effects of Minimum Wages in China
14.6  LERA Best Papers XVIII: Labor and Employment Relations (Symposium)—Breakout Stream 6
Chair: Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Presenters: Gabrielle Pepin*, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment ResearchThe Effects of Child Care Subsidies on Paid Child Care Participation and Labor Market Outcomes
Rosemary Batt*, Cornell University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy ResearchOwnership Structures and Financial Strategies in Hospitals: Evidence from Private Equity Owned and Non-Profit Systems
Martin St-Arnaud and Pier-Luc Bilodeau*, Universite LavalConstruction Labour Referral in the Province of Quebec after the Prohibition of Union Hiring Halls: A Realist Evaluation
Sarah Soroui* and Douglas Soorian Nevins, Brandeis UniversityPlaceless Workforce Development? Exploring the Implications of Virtual Workforce Development Services for Local Workforce Policy
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