Welcome to LRAN
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.
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.
**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.
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, pre-majority bargaining, holding primary employers accountable, and extending rights to excluded workers. MIT Professor Thomas Kochan wrapped up the panel presentations: "These are good ideas that don't require waiting for action at the federal level. Now we've got to get our message out to a wider audience and begin organizing for real change at the local level." The LRAN forum was co-sponsored by Mass AFL-CIO, Mass Jobs with Justice, Justice at Work, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston and The Labor Guild. For more info, contact Rand Wilson or Elvis Mendez.
The Labor Research Action Network (LRAN) has a three-part mission:
- To cultivate a more dynamic and organic relationship between labor academics engaged in cutting edge research and labor activists engaged in cutting edge organizing;
- To provide a space for the generation and exchange of new ideas and fresh thinking among labor leaders, activists, scholars and students; and,
- To help develop the next generation of labor academics and scholars committed to studying and building a progressive workers’ movement.
The LRAN online community includes a website, listserv+, and an experts database to facilitate connections between scholars and practitioners working on worker campaigns. The listserv+ is a private, members-only, web-based forum that combines the functions of a listserv, online forum/newsgroup, and a wiki. You must be a current LRAN member and must register for access to the private network areas of this website. There is a $25 annual registration fee in order to access the LRAN listserv and database. You can pay the registration fee here: LRAN Website Registration Page. Or, for those who make a minimum $25 tax-deductible donation to LRAN at the LRAN Membership Donation Page, website registration is free. To join LRAN, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation and contact information.
The Labor Research and Action Network is a project of the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Website powered by Workplace Fairness.