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Workplace Dignity In A Total Institution: Examining The Experiences Of Foxconn’S Migrant Workforce, Kristen Lucas, Dongjing Kang, Zhou Li Feb 2018

Workplace Dignity In A Total Institution: Examining The Experiences Of Foxconn’S Migrant Workforce, Kristen Lucas, Dongjing Kang, Zhou Li

Kristen Lucas

In 2010, a cluster of suicides at the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group sparked worldwide outcry about working conditions at its factories in China. Within a few short months, 14 young migrant workers jumped to their deaths from buildings on the Foxconn campus, an all-encompassing compound where they had worked, eaten, and slept. Even though the language of workplace dignity was invoked in official responses from Foxconn and its business partner Apple, neither of these parties directly examined workers’ dignity in their ensuing audits. Based on our analysis of media accounts of life at Foxconn, we argue that its ...


Complementary Or Conflictual? Formal Participation, Informal Participation, And Organizational Performance, Adam Seth Litwin, Adrienne Eaton Sep 2017

Complementary Or Conflictual? Formal Participation, Informal Participation, And Organizational Performance, Adam Seth Litwin, Adrienne Eaton

Adam Seth Litwin

Most studies of worker participation examine either formal participatory structures or informal participation. Yet, increasingly, works councils and other formal participatory bodies are operating in parallel with collective bargaining or are filling the void left by its decline. Moreover, these bodies are sprouting in workplaces in which workers have long held a modicum of influence, authority, and production- or service-related information. This study leverages a case from the healthcare sector to examine the interaction between formal and informal worker participation. Seeking to determine whether or not these two forces—each independently shown to benefit production or service delivery—complement or ...


An Introduction To U.S. Collective Bargaining And Labor Relations, Harry C. Katz, Alexander Colvin, Thomas A. Kochan Sep 2017

An Introduction To U.S. Collective Bargaining And Labor Relations, Harry C. Katz, Alexander Colvin, Thomas A. Kochan

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[Excerpt] This comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to collective bargaining and labor relations with a focus on developments in the United States. It is appropriate for students, policy analysts, and labor relations professionals including unionists, managers, and neutrals. A three-tiered strategic choice framework unifies the text, and the authors’ thorough grounding in labor history and labor law assists students in learning the basics. In addition to traditional labor relations, the authors address emerging forms of collective representation and movements that address income inequality in novel ways.

Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan, and Alexander J. S. Colvin provide numerous contemporary ...


Still A Coordinated Model? Market Liberalization And The Transformation Of Employment Relations In The German Telecommunications Industry, Virginia Doellgast Aug 2017

Still A Coordinated Model? Market Liberalization And The Transformation Of Employment Relations In The German Telecommunications Industry, Virginia Doellgast

Virginia Doellgast

This paper examines recent changes in collective bargaining and employer strategies in the German telecommunications industry following market liberalization in the late 1990s. Germany’s distinctive co-determination and vocational training institutions encouraged large firms to adopt employment systems in technician and call center workplaces that relied on high levels of worker skill and discretion. However, organizational restructuring is undermining these gains, as firms use outsourcing and the creation of subsidiaries to escape or weaken company-level collective agreements. These trends have substantially weakened unions and contributed to the further disorganization of coordinated bargaining structures. Findings are based on interviews with union ...


Vertical Disintegration And The Disorganisation Of German Industrial Relations, Virginia Doellgast, Ian Greer Aug 2017

Vertical Disintegration And The Disorganisation Of German Industrial Relations, Virginia Doellgast, Ian Greer

Virginia Doellgast

Drawing on case studies from the telecommunications and auto industries, we argue that the vertical disintegration of major German employers is contributing to the disorganisation of Germany’s dual system of in-plant and sectoral negotiations. Subcontractors, subsidiaries, and temporary agencies often have no collective bargaining institutions, weaker firm-level agreements, or are covered by different sectoral agreements. As core employers move jobs to these firms, they introduce new organisational boundaries across the production chain and disrupt traditional bargaining structures. Worker representatives are developing new campaign approaches and using residual power at large firms to establish representation in new firms and sectors ...


Management Whipsawing: The Staging Of Labor Competition Under Globalization, Ian Greer, Marco Hauptmeier Jul 2017

Management Whipsawing: The Staging Of Labor Competition Under Globalization, Ian Greer, Marco Hauptmeier

Ian Greer

The authors examine management whipsawing practices in the European auto industry based on more than 200 interviews and a comparison of three automakers. They identify four distinct ways in which managers stage competition between plants to extract labor concessions: informal, hegemonic, coercive, and rule-based whipsawing. Practices at the three auto firms differed from one another and changed over time because of two factors: structural whipsawing capacity and management labor relations strategy. In the context of economic globalization, whipsawing is an effective means for managers to extract concessions, to loosen national institutional constraints, and to diffuse employment practices internationally.


Is U.S. Public Sector Labor Relations In The Midst Of A Transformation?, Harry C. Katz Jul 2017

Is U.S. Public Sector Labor Relations In The Midst Of A Transformation?, Harry C. Katz

Harry C Katz

In this article the author assesses whether a fundamental transformation is underway in public sector (state and local government) labor relations in the United States by revisiting the arguments made by the author and Kochan and McKersie (1986) regarding the transformation of labor relations in the private sector. The author argues that the economic pressures that led to a transformation of private sector labor relations starting in the 1980s have not played a comparable role in recent developments in the public sector because of the political nature of labor relations in that sector. Other insights are drawn from a comparison ...


Superbugs Versus Outsourced Cleaners: Employment Arrangements And The Spread Of Health Care-Associated Infections, Adam Seth Litwin, Ariel C. Avgar, Edmund R. Becker Jul 2017

Superbugs Versus Outsourced Cleaners: Employment Arrangements And The Spread Of Health Care-Associated Infections, Adam Seth Litwin, Ariel C. Avgar, Edmund R. Becker

Adam Seth Litwin

On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients in the United States has a health care–associated infection (HAI) that the patient contracts as a direct result of his or her treatment. Fortunately, the spread of most HAIs can be halted through proper disinfection of surfaces and equipment. Consequently, cleaners—“environmental services” (EVS) in hospital parlance—must take on the important task of defending hospital patients (as well as staff and the broader community) from the spread of HAIs. Despite the importance of this task, hospitals frequently outsource this function, increasing the likelihood that these workers are under-rewarded ...


Superbugs Versus Outsourced Cleaners: Employment Arrangements And The Spread Of Health Care-Associated Infections, Adam Seth Litwin, Ariel C. Avgar, Edmund R. Becker May 2017

Superbugs Versus Outsourced Cleaners: Employment Arrangements And The Spread Of Health Care-Associated Infections, Adam Seth Litwin, Ariel C. Avgar, Edmund R. Becker

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On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients in the United States has a health care–associated infection (HAI) that the patient contracts as a direct result of his or her treatment. Fortunately, the spread of most HAIs can be halted through proper disinfection of surfaces and equipment. Consequently, cleaners—“environmental services” (EVS) in hospital parlance—must take on the important task of defending hospital patients (as well as staff and the broader community) from the spread of HAIs. Despite the importance of this task, hospitals frequently outsource this function, increasing the likelihood that these workers are under-rewarded ...


Panel Handout: Microaggressions And Implicit Bias On Campus - Microaggression Theory: A Selected Bibliography 2016, Barbara Diamond Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Microaggressions And Implicit Bias On Campus - Microaggression Theory: A Selected Bibliography 2016, Barbara Diamond

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Microaggressions And Implicit Bias On Campus - Implicit Bias: A Selected Biography 2016, Barbara Diamond Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Microaggressions And Implicit Bias On Campus - Implicit Bias: A Selected Biography 2016, Barbara Diamond

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Workshop: Microaggressionsand Implicit Bias On Campus - Microaggressions And Disability, Barbara Diamond Oct 2016

Workshop: Microaggressionsand Implicit Bias On Campus - Microaggressions And Disability, Barbara Diamond

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining Issues Concerning Post-Doctorates - The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining Issues Concerning Post-Doctorates - The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel: Collective Bargaining Issues Concerning Post-Doctorates, Sayil Camacho, Jerome Kukor, Amy Lee, Karen Rosenberg Oct 2016

Panel: Collective Bargaining Issues Concerning Post-Doctorates, Sayil Camacho, Jerome Kukor, Amy Lee, Karen Rosenberg

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining At Academic Medical Centers - Cba University Of Medicine And Dentistry In Nj And Njea Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining At Academic Medical Centers - Cba University Of Medicine And Dentistry In Nj And Njea

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining At Academic Medical Centers - University Of Connecticut Health Center Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Collective Bargaining At Academic Medical Centers - University Of Connecticut Health Center

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel: State Of Public Pensions And Its Impact On Collective Bargaining, Elliot Susseles Oct 2016

Panel: State Of Public Pensions And Its Impact On Collective Bargaining, Elliot Susseles

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel: State Of Public Pensions And Its Impact On Collective Bargaining, Diane Oakley Oct 2016

Panel: State Of Public Pensions And Its Impact On Collective Bargaining, Diane Oakley

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Workshop: Collective Bargaining And Labor Relations Training For New Administrators And New Union Representatives - Introduction To Collective Bargaining, Conrad Bowling Oct 2016

Workshop: Collective Bargaining And Labor Relations Training For New Administrators And New Union Representatives - Introduction To Collective Bargaining, Conrad Bowling

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Mica: Negotiating A First Contingent Faculty Contract At An Art School Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Mica: Negotiating A First Contingent Faculty Contract At An Art School

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - New York University Nlrb Order (2010) Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - New York University Nlrb Order (2010)

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - New York University Nlrb Decision On Review And Order (2000) Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - New York University Nlrb Decision On Review And Order (2000)

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brown University Nlrb Decision On Review And Order Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brown University Nlrb Decision On Review And Order

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Supplemental Decision By Nlrb Regional Director Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Supplemental Decision By Nlrb Regional Director

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Nlrb Notice And Invitation To File Briefs Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Nlrb Notice And Invitation To File Briefs

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Seiu Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Seiu

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Columbia University Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Columbia University

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Afl-Cio Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Afl-Cio

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Aaup Oct 2016

Panel Handout: Brown University Redux - Brief Of Amicus Curiae Aaup

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.


Panel: Affordable Care Act Update, John Abraham Oct 2016

Panel: Affordable Care Act Update, John Abraham

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

No abstract provided.