Richard Hurd

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Richard Hurd

ILR Associate Dean for External Relations
Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Richard W. Hurd is Associate Dean for External Relations and Professor of Labor Studies. A leading specialist on trade union administration and strategy, and on the unionization of professional workers, he has been quoted widely in the national and international print and broadcast media on various labor issues.

He is co-editor of the International Handbook on Labour Unions: Responses to Neoliberalism (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 2011), Rekindling the Movement (Cornell University ILR Press, 2001), Organizing to Win (Cornell University ILR Press, 1998) and Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law (ILR Press, 1994). He has published dozens of papers in books and professional journals, including "First Contract Arbitration and the Employee Free Choice Act: Multi-jurisdictional Evidence from Canada" [with Sara Slinn, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations 2011], "Obama and the US Labor Movement" [Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 2009], “Neutrality Agreements: Innovative, Controversial and Labor's Hope for the Future” [New Labor Forum 2008], and “U.S. Labor 2006: Strategic Developments Across the Divide” [Journal of Labor Research 2007].

His articles on union strategy have been published in Britain, Germany, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Korea, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the U.S. Professor Hurd works closely with labor organizations and professional associations, offering technical assistance on strategic issues including organizational change, internal and external organizing, and leadership development. His clients have included the Canadian Labour Congress, AFL-CIO Office of the President, United Food and Commercial Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the American Guild of Musical Artists

Hurd earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University, and is a former Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Richard Hurd. 2008. Neutrality Agreements: Innovative, Controversial and Labor's Hope for the Future, New Labor Forum. 17(1):34-46.
  • Richard Hurd. 2007. The Origins and Effectiveness of Neutrality Agreements, Perspectives on Work. 7
  • Richard Hurd. 2007. U.S. Labor 2006: Strategic Developments Across the Divide, Journal of Labor Research. XXVIII(2):313-325.
  • Richard Hurd. 2006. Dueling Federations: U.S. Labor in 2006, Fokus Amerika. 6
  • Richard Hurd. 2006. Reflections on PATCO’s Legacy: Labor’s Challenges Persist, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. 18(3):207-214.
  • Richard Hurd. 2005. Competing Federations, Organizing, and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement, The Reappraisal of Labor Movements. 125-128.
  • Richard Hurd. 2005. Beyond Labor’s Brawl: Strategic Conundrums Await, Social Policy. 35(4):8-12.
  • Richard Hurd. 2004. The Failure of Organizing, the New Unity Partnership and the Future of the Labor Movement, WorkingUSA. 8(1):5-25.
  • Richard Hurd, Sharon Pinnock. 2004. Public Sector Unions: Will they Thrive or Struggle to Survive?, Journal of Labor Research. XXV(2):211-222.
  • Richard Hurd, Martin Behrens, Jeremy Waddington. 2003. Structural Change as a Source of Union Revitalization, WSI-Mitteilungen.
  • Richard Hurd. 2003. In Defense of Public Service: Union Strategy in Transition, WorkingUSA.
  • Richard Hurd, Ruth Milkman, Lowell Turner. 2003. Reviving the American Labor Movement: Institutions and Mobilization, European Journal of Industrial Relations. 9(1).
  • Richard Hurd. 2002. Contesting the Dinosaur Image: The U.S. Labor Movement’s Search for a Future, Society in Transition. 33(2).
  • Richard Hurd. 2001. Thirst for Knowledge: Associations, Information and Professional Development, New Economy Information Service E Bulletin. 1(2).
  • Richard Hurd, Bill Fletcher. 2000. Is Organizing Enough? Race, Gender and Union Culture, New Labor Forum.
  • Richard Hurd. 2000. Professional Employees and Union Democracy: From Control to Chaos, Journal of Labor Research. XXI(2):103-115.
  • Michael Belzer, Richard Hurd. 1999. Government Oversight, Union Democracy and Labor Racketeering, Journal of Labor Research. XX(3).
  • Richard Hurd, Elizabeth O'Leary. 1992. A Preliminary Report on Non-faculty Bargaining at Colleges and Universities - 1993, Newsletter. 20(4).
  • Richard Hurd, Jeffrey Sohl. 1992. Strategic Diversity in Labor PAC Contribution Patterns, Social Science Journal. 29
  • Richard Hurd. 1990. Progressive Union Organizing: The SEIU Justice for Janitors Campaign, Review of Radical Political Economics. 21(3).
  • Richard Hurd. 1989. Learning from Clerical Unions: Two Cases of Organizing Success, Labor Studies Journal. XIV
  • Richard Hurd. 1989. Big Labor Regains Its Muscle: Social Responsibility Leads to Greater Political Clout, Business and Society Review. 68
  • Richard Hurd, Adrienne McElwain. 1988. Organizing Clerical Workers: Determinants of Success, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 41(3):360-373.
  • Richard Hurd, Gregory Woodhead. 1987. The Unionization of Clerical Workers at Large U.S. Universities and Colleges, Newsletter.
  • Richard Hurd, Jill K Kriesky. 1986. The Rise and Demise of PATCO Reconstructed, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 40(1):115-122.
  • Richard Hurd. 1986. Bottom-Up Organizing: HERE in New Haven and Boston, Labor Research Review. 8
  • Richard Hurd, Jill K Kriesky. 1985. You Can Fight City Hall - the Dover, N.H., IAFF Defeat of Privatized Fire Protection, Labor Studies Journal. X
  • Richard Hurd. 1981. How PATCO Was Led Into a Trap, The Nation.
  • Richard Hurd, Allen Thompson. 1981. Gearing CETA to Private Sector Needs - the New Hampshire Balance of State Employer Survey, The New England Journal of Employment and Training.
  • Richard Hurd, Allen Thompson. 1978. Welfare Reform: The View From New Hampshire and Massachusetts, The New England Journal of Business and Economics. IV
  • Richard Hurd. 1977. The New Hampshire Public Employee Relations Act, The New Hampshire Review.
  • Richard Hurd. 1976. New Deal Labor Policy and the Containment of Radical Union Activity, Review of Radical Political Economics. VIII
  • Richard Hurd, Allen Thompson. 1976. Manpower Training and Government Job Creation under CETA: The Experience in Maine and New Hampshire, The New England Journal of Business and Economics. II
  • Richard Hurd. 1974. Organizing the Working Poor: The California Grape Strike Experience, Review of Radical Political Economics. VI
  • Richard Hurd. 1973. Equilibrium Vacancies in a Labor Market Dominated by Non-profit Firms: The 'Shortage' of Nurses, Review of Economics and Statistics. 55(2):234-240.
  • Richard Hurd. 1972. Estimating the Cost of the City Worker's Family Budget: A Multiple Regression Approach, Review of Regional Studies. III

Books

  • Richard Hurd. 2001. Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the Twenty First Century (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. Lowell Turner, Harry C Katz, Richard W Hurd. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Richard Hurd. 1998. Organizing to Win (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1998. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Richard Hurd. 1994. Assault on Workers’ Rights. Washington, DC: AFL-CIO, Industrial Union Department, 1994. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Richard Hurd. 1994. Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1994. Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph A Oswald, Ronald L Seeber. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)

Book Chapters

  • Richard Hurd, John Bunge. 2005. Unionization of Professional and Technical Workers: The Labor Market and Institutional Transformation. in Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century. Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press for the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005. Richard Freeman, Joni Hersch, Lawrence Mishel. (179-206)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Martin Behrens, Jeremy Waddinton. 2004. Can Structural Change be a Source of Union Revitalization?. in Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy. Oxford University Press, 2004. Carola Frege, John Kelly. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 2004. The Rise and Fall of the Organizing Model in the U.S.. in Trade Unions and Democracy: Strategies and Perspectives. Manchester University Press, 2004. Mark Harcourt, Geoffrey Wood. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Martin Behrens, Kerstin Hamann. 2004. Union Revitalization: Concepts and Theory. in Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy. Oxford University Press, 2004. Carola Frege, John Kelly. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 2002. Professionalism, Education and Union Transformation. in Labor’s Role in Workforce Development. New Economy Information Service, 2002. Richard Wilson. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Lowell Turner. 2001. Building Social Movement Unionism: the Transformation of the American Labor Movement. in Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Bill Fletcher. 2001. Overcoming Obstacles to Transformation: Challenges on the Way to a New Unionism. in Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Lowell Turner, Harry Katz. 2001. Revival of the American Labor Movement: Issues, Problems, Prospects. in Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. Lowell Turner, Harry C Katz, Richard W Hurd. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Bill Fletcher. 1999. Political Will, Local Union Transformation and the Organizing Imperative. in Which Direction for Organized Labor. Wayne State University Press, 1999. Bruce Nissen. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Bill Fletcher. 1998. Beyond the Organizing Model: the Transformation Process in Local Unions. in Organizing to Win. 1998. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Larry Cohen. 1998. Fear, Conflict and Union Organizing. in Organizing to Win. 1998. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald. 1997. The Context for Organizing Research. in Organizing to Win. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1997. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Joseph Uehlein. 1994. Patterned Responses to Organizing - Case Studies of the Union Busting Convention. in Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1994. Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph A Oswald, Ronald L Seeber. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald. 1994. The Context for the Reform of Labor Law. in Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1994. Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1993. Organizing and Representing Clerical Workers: The Harvard Model. in Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1993. Dorothy Sue Cobble. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1993. The Unionization of Clerical, Technical, and Professional Employees in Higher Education - Threat or Opportunity for Management?. in Managing the Industrial Labor Relations Process in Higher Education. College and University Personnel Association, 1993. Dan Julius. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1992. Barriers to Union Organizing. in Examining a Fundamental Change in Society that Retards Progress in our Nation - The Decline of Labor Union Membership. 1992. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1990. Organizing Clerical Workers. in Meeting the Challenges of Change. Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, 1990. Pamela Wilson. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1989. The Unionization of Clerical Workers in Colleges and Universities: a Status Report. in Power Relationships on the Unionized Campus. National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, 1989. Joel Douglas. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1986. A Retrospective on the PATCO Strategy. in The Air Controllers Controversy: Lessons from the PATCO Strike. Human Sciences Press, 1986. Arthur Shostak, David Skocik. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1986. Scientific Management, Human Relations and The Class Struggle: The Evolution of the Labor Process in the United States. in Toward the Construction of a New Economic Order. Praeger Publishing, 1986. Richard England. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1978. The Myth of the Unemployment - Inflation Trade-Off. in The Federal Budget and Social Reconstruction. Transaction Books, 1978. Marcus Raskin. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd. 1975. Unemployment and the Federal Budget. in The Problem of the Federal Budget. Washington, DC: Institute for Policy Studies, 1975. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Richard Hurd, Margaret Metheney, Ann Ross. 1971. Economic Discrimination Against Women. in Essential Principles and Cases for Second Semester of Elementary Economics. Vanderbilt University, 1971. Rendigs Fels, Ewing Shahan. (Published)(Book Chapter)

Book Reviews

  • Richard Hurd. 2005. Review of 'The Twilight of the Old Unionism' by Leo Troy. in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 2005. (305-306)(Published)(Book Review)
  • Richard Hurd. 1998. Review of 'We Can’t Eat Prestige: The Women Who Organized Harvard' by John Hoerr. in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 1998. (708-709)(Published)(Book Review)

Conference Proceedings

  • Richard Hurd, Martin Behrens. 2003. Structural Change and Union Transformation. in IRRA Proceedings of the Fifty Fifth Annual Meeting. 2003. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd, Elisabet Tenenholtz. 2002. Charting Their Own Future: Independent Organizing by Professional Workers. in IRRA Proceedings of the Fifty Fourth Annual Meeting. 2002. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd. 1996. Union Free Bargaining Strategies and First Contract Failures. in IRRA Proceedings of the Forty Eighth Annual Meeting. 1996. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd, Jeffrey M Grabelsky. 1994. Reinventing an Organizing Union: Strategies for Change. in IRRA Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting. 1994. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd, Jeffrey Sohl. 1992. Strategic Diversity in Union Political Action: Implications for the 1992 House Elections. in IRRA Proceedings of the Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting. 1992. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd, Adrienne McElwain. 1988. Organizing Activity Among University Clerical Workers. in IRRA Proceedings of the Forty-First Annual Meeting. 1988. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Richard Hurd. 1973. Strategies for Union Growth in Food Manufacturing and Agriculture. in IRRA Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting. 1973. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)

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Contact

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Areas of Expertise

Other Areas of Expertise

Contemporary Union Movement, Union Political Action, Organizational Change in Unions and Labor Rights