The 5th Annual LRAN National Conference will be held on June 15 & 16th at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. Save the date! We look forward to seeing you all there.
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.
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 listserve, 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 listserve and database.
To join LRAN, simply complete our online member registration form. For those who make a minimum $25 tax-deductible donation to LRAN on our online membership donation page, website registration is free.
LRAN Winter 2016 Conference: Call for Proposals
The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) invites proposals for research-oriented sessions during the Jobs with Justice National Conference scheduled for February 12 - 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Activists, labor practitioners and scholars from across the country will gather for the conference to share successful and innovative strategies and continue to build towards a powerful future. This is a call for proposals for the LRAN track, which will be open to all conference attendees. While full panel or workshop proposals are preferred, proposals for individual papers or presentations will also be considered.
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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.
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.