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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) is a dynamic collaborative effort to connect workers’ rights organizations, academics and students to build workplace and economic power for working people in this country. To donate or join LRAN, please click here.
**Save the Date** The 4th Annual LRAN National Conference will be held on June 16th and 17th, 2014, at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Explore the intersection of cutting-edge labor research and innovative worker organizing campaigns at the national Labor Research Action Network Conference in June. The LRAN conference is an opportunity for academics, labor leaders, activists, and supporters to think creatively and daringly about the future of the labor movement. It’s a space to question fundamental assumptions, reflect critically on victories and challenges, and propose new pathways that can propel our movement forward.
LRAN Trains Scholars and Facilitates Research on Government Contracting Out
One of the key goals of LRAN is to connect scholars with practitioners in order for their research to be relevant to the lives of workers. Last fall, the LRAN Initiatives Work Group decided to put this goal to practice through a project to fight privatization. Over the past year, LRAN has partnered with In the Public Interest (ITPI) to surface ongoing research needs related to privatization and responsible contracting, and to identify and cultivate scholars who could produce this research and serve as credible experts on the issues. On October 17-19, LRAN & ITPI held a training at the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC for faculty, union and nonprofit staff. Experts led workshops on analyzing costs, contract language, operations, public services, government oversight, and other key elements of government contracting out. Participants also learned about messaging, the role of research in legislative efforts, and brainstormed new research ideas. The faculty participants are now developing a new research agenda on contracting out, with several research projects already in the works.
For those interested in accessing videos and materials from the training when they are made available, please contact Erin Johansson of Jobs with Justice, and provide your name, affiliation and title. To learn more about privatization research projects, contact Shar Habibi of ITPI. To get involved in the 2014 project of the LRAN Initiative Work Group, which will tackle another research topic of importance to worker campaigns, contact co-chairs Christian Sweeney of the AFL-CIO or Gordon Lafer of the University of Oregon.
Boston Regional LRAN Forum on Labor Law Reform
On November 13, organizers, labor researchers and academics attended a forum to discuss "Labor Law Reform: Which Way Forward?" on Nov. 13. The forum was held at SEIU Local 888 and was organized by a Boston Regional committee of LRAN. Participants heard four presentations on new legislative and organizing approaches to address the serious obstacles to recruiting new union members and help rebirth the labor movement. The panelists discussed ideas including Just Cause