Conferences

2016 LRAN National Conference

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Labor Research and Action Network national conference, which 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. Featured speakers include AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, UC Berkeley scholar Steven Pitts, and Only One Thing Can Save Us author Thomas Geoghegan. The conference will also include 16 workshops on a range of topics, including temp worker organizing, the growing "gig" economy of higher education, connecting racial and economic justice, and trainings to develop research skills for campaigns. Information on reduced rate rooms at Roosevelt University is also on the registration page.

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Friday June 24th Saturday, June 25th
08:30am   Registration and Continental Breakfast   08:30am   Registration and Continental breakfast
09:30am - 11:00am   Plenary Session 1   09:30am - 11:00am   Plenary Session 3
11:00am - 11:15am   Break   11:00am - 11:15am   Break
11:15am - 12:45pm   Workshop Series 1   11:15am - 12:45pm   Workshop Series 3
12:45pm - 01:15pm   Lunch   12:45pm - 02:00pm   Boxed lunch and LRAN Membership Meeting
01:15pm - 02:45pm   Plenary Session 2 02:00pm - 03:30pm Workshop Series 4
02:45pm - 03:00pm   Break
03:00pm - 04:30pm   Workshop Series 2
05:00pm - 07:00pm   Reception
LRAN New Scholars Research Grant Competition

LRAN is pleased to announce a competition for seed grants 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.

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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5th Annual LRAN Conference a Success

More than 250 scholars and practitioners gathered for the fifth annual national Labor Research and Action Network conference (link to conference program) on June 15th and 16th. The two-day event, hosted by the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, brings together academics, organizers and graduate students from across the country with the aim of bridging the gap between research and worker organizing. This year's conference opened with a conversation on the fissured economy, featuring U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil, CTUL Co-Director Veronica Mendez, Teamsters Port Division Representative Christina Montorio and Workers United Organizer Jack Mahoney. All four speakers highlighted the creative and innovative strategies they are deploying to organize and raise standards given this new economic reality. A second plenary was focused on the fight for a stronger public sector, keynoted by AFSCME President Lee Saunders. British scholar Guy Standing gave a special lecture, "A Precariat Charter: A Progressive Strategy for Today's Dangerous Class." Workshops spread across the two days were divided into four tracks: Developing New Membership Models and Sustainability, Innovating Campaign Strategies That Build Power, Advancing Worker Rights in a Changing Economy and Holding Corporations Accountable.

LRAN, which has now grown to include more than 1,000 scholars and practitioners, uses its national conference each year as a time to learn from labor's successes and setbacks. In addition to providing a space for researchers and practitioners to come together, LRAN supports new scholarship in the field through its new scholars research grant competition. 2015 grant winners, who were awarded a combined $16,000, presented on their ongoing research at the conference. Their research spanned topics from organizing immigrants in Chicago worker centers to labor-environmental coalitions in rural areas.

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Labor Research & Action Network (LRAN) Conference

June 16-17, 2014 – Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC
Hosted by Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
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...Last year's 3rd annual LRAN conference was a resounding success!

The reviews are in and it's clear that last year's 3rd annual LRAN conference was a resounding success! On June 18th and 19th, over 200 scholars and practitioners from universities, unions, worker centers and nonprofits gathered at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, ROC-United Co-founder Saru Jayaraman, and SEIU Local 775NW President David Rolf set the tone with a frank yet inspiring discussion of the future of worker organizing. Attendees then participated in panel discussions on innovative organizing, private equity, labor law reform, and numerous other topics of interest to the LRAN community. There was plenty of networking too, as conference goers organized side meetings, caught lunches and a happy hour together, and graduate students connected with pre-arranged mentors. Finally, Linda Burnham of the National Domestic Worker Alliance led a thought-provoking conversation between author Doug Blackmon and SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina about the exploitation of black and immigrant workers, and the future promise of immigration reform. Many thanks to the hard-working conference planning committee and our conference host, Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

2013 3rd Annual LRAN Conference Agenda - Detailed

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