LABOR STUDIES

Who are we?

Labor Studies Division members are scholars, activists, policy analysts, and workers interested in workplace and workforce issues that shape, and are shaped by, economic, social and political forces. We come together to share research, policy analyses and solutions as well as strategies for ensuring that social policies and practices for all workers are rooted in fairness and social justice.

Why join?

  • Connect with those studying conventional and contingent,  paid and unpaid workers, across the globe
  • Find possible collaborators for both scholarship and activism
  • Promote a society that guarantees all members of a diverse workforce equality and fairness in wages, opportunities, and respect.
  • Organize to oppose discrimination and any type of ill-treatment or unwarranted subordination of workers
  • Recognize and work against systemic and interlocking oppressions, such as gender and race that are reproduced through social practices and embedded in social structures related to work and workplaces.
  • Commit to elevating workers, empowering unions, challenging labor movement inertia, revealing exploitation by corporations and big business, analyzing and changing policies and practices, and understanding what’s new in the ‘New Economy’ to prepare this and the next generation of labor activists.

Graduate students are encouraged to take an active role in the division which offers opportunities for working within a professional organization and developing relationships with more senior scholars and activists. We are committed to promoting, supporting, and mentoring our graduate student members.   Do study the requirements for the Braverman Award graduate student paper competition that is held every year.

Division mission statement was reviewed in November 2018 by Gillian Niebrugge-Brantley, The George Washington University, Labor Studies Division Chair, 2017-2019. No edits were made. Division mission statement last edited in November 2017 by Gillian Niebrugge-Brantley, The George Washington University, Labor Studies Division Chair, 2017-2019.