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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) is an exciting collaboration connecting academics and labor practitioners to build workplace and economic power for working people in this country. Email Us.

LRAN Annual Conference

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.

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Welcome to the Labor Research & Action Network

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.

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  • LRAN New Scholars Research Grant Competition

    LRAN is pleased to announce a competition for seed grants for graduate students and untenured faculty for research on U.S. labor-focused projects, broadly defined. Deadline for the application is January 31, 2016, with winners announced by March 15, 2016.

    VIEW OUR CFP LETTER

  • SAVE THE DATE! LRAN June Conference

    The 2016 Labor Research and Action Network national conference will be held Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at the DePaul University's Loop Campus located in downtown Chicago, IL.

    The DePaul University Labor Education Center will host the conference. Scholars and labor practitioners from across the country will convene to share news ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work. In February 2016, we will issue a call for panel and workshop proposals. And we need volunteers to help us plan this conference! If you're interested, contact Erin Johansson by Wednesday, November 18th.* Please spread the word!

    The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) is a collaboration between academics and labor practitioners to build economic and workplace power for working people.

  • LRAN June 2016 Conference: Call for Proposals

    The 2016 Labor Research and Action Network national conference will be held Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at the DePaul University's Loop Campus located in downtown Chicago, IL.

    The DePaul University Labor Education Center will host the conference. Scholars and labor practitioners from across the country will convene to share news ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work. We invite you to submit a proposal for our annual LRAN conference, which will be held June 24th-25th in Chicago. Proposals are due March 14th. Please see the attached CFP for more info. For those in need of accommodations, we have a reduced rate at the Roosevelt University dorms.

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    VIEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS LETTER

  • 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.

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