Lowell TurnerDirector, The Worker Institute at Cornell
Professor, International & Comparative Labor
Lowell Turner is Professor of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University, in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is the author of Democracy at Work and Fighting for Partnership (both published by Cornell University Press), and the editor or co-editor of Negotiating the New Germany, Rekindling the Movement, Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds, and Mobilizing against Inequality (all published by ILR Press/Cornell University Press). In June, 2011, he was appointed as the first academic director of the new Worker Institute at Cornell.
We have fine students at ILR and I love teaching at all levels: undergraduate, MILR and MS/PhD. For undergraduates, I teach a large elective course with themes that change from year to year as the world changes. I take it as a challenge to maintain interest with up to 220 students each time the course is offered (once a year), mixing lecture, slides, video clips, guest speakers, and occasional movies - and I enjoy mentoring the 3 or 4 teaching assistants that work with me each time. I also work with 3 or 4 Worker Institute undergraduate research fellows, each semester since the start of the program in spring 2014, and it is a particular pleasure to see them developing research skills in ongoing projects.
For graduate students I teach a lively, discussion-oriented seminar, on topics similar to the current issues focus of the undergraduate course (for example: the politics of economic inequality in the US and Europe). I coordinate the Collective Representation concentration for the MILR program and work closely with the small but enthusiastic cohort of students focused on labor and social justice. I also supervise honor's students,ILR interns at home and abroad, global scholars, and MS/PhD students, taking particular pleasure from watching an idea grow into a substantial paper or thesis.
My current central focus in on a three-year, five-country study of Young Workers and the Labor Movement - in Germany, France, the Netherlands, UK and US. It has been gratifying to watch Maite Tapia, a recent PhD student and current assistant professor at Michigan State, blossom into a full co-director of this project. Together we have developed the research proposal, selected the participants, secured the grant (300,000 euros from the Hans Boeckler Foundation), and now coordinate the work of five country teams of researchers - half way through the first year of the project and looking forward to a workshop in Paris in September 2015, to bring all project researchers together.
Past research has focused on Immigrant workers and unions in Germany, France, Britain and the U.S., resulting in an ILR Press book published in April 2014, with an accompanying interactive website to update research and dialogue on this topic among a wide range of scholars and practitioners.
Earlier research focused on various aspects of comparative labor movements, social partnership in Germany, the impacts on labor of German unification, labor movement revitalization at home and abroad, and contemporary labor and politics in the U.S. and Europe.
This year I am serving as chair of the ILR Nominations committee, and in this capacity have produced a proposal for an ILR Professor of Practice. I chaired a tenure review committee in spring and summer of 2015 and wrote the committee's report (for a successful candidate).
As academic director of the Worker Institute, one of my main goals has been to bring together resident and extension faculty, staff, students and practitioners in common efforts - both in outreach and on the Ithaca campus. 18 ILR resident faculty members are now actively involved in one or more WI projects, greatly expanding our outreach capacity as well as our offerings on the Ithaca campus. Added to this are the 15-20 students per semester who participate in our Worker Institute undergraduate research fellows program, working with both resident and extension faculty. Outreach efforts range from the projects of our initiative groups such as Precarious Work, Equity at Work, and Climate Jobs to our path-breaking National Labor Leadership Initiative, in partnership with the AFL-CIO. Our flagship Union Leadership Institute in now in its 14th year and has trained a significant number of current union leaders in New York State and surrounding areas. And this past year we acquired Union Communication Services, a publication and newsletter service that reaches 70,000 shop stewards and local union officials all over the country.
- Lowell Turner. . “Union Campaigns as Countermovements: Mobilizing Immigrant Workers in France and the United Kingdom.” , British Journal of Industrial Relations. 51(3):601-622.
- Lowell Turner. 2009. Institutions and Activism: Crisis and Opportunity for a German Labor Movement in Decline, ILR Review. 62(3):294-312.
- Lowell Turner. 2007. Advantages of Backwardness: Lessons for Social Europe from the American Labour Movement, Social Europe. 2(4):147-153.
- Lowell Turner. 2006. Globalization and the Logic of Participation: Unions and the Politics of Coalition Building, Journal of Industrial Relations. 48(1):83-97.
- Lowell Turner. 2005. From Transformation to Revitalization: A New Research Agenda for a New Era, Work and Occupations. 32(4):383-399.
- Lowell Turner, Kate Bronfenbrenner. 2005. Special Issue on "Labor and Social Justice: Union Renewal in a Contested Global Economy", Work and Occupations. 32(4).
- Lowell Turner. 2004. Labor and Global Justice: Emerging Reform Coalitions in the World’s Only Superpower, Industrielle Beziehungen. 11(1-2):92-111.
- Elena Iankova, Lowell Turner. 2004. Building the New Europe: western and eastern roads to social partnership, . 35(1):76-92. (doi:dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2004.00301.x)
- Richard Hurd, Ruth Milkman, Lowell Turner. 2003. Reviving the American Labor Movement: Institutions and Mobilization, European Journal of Industrial Relations. 9(1).
- Lowell Turner, Lucio Baccaro, Kerstin Hamann. 2003. The Politics of Labor Movement Revitalization: The Need for a Revitalized Perspective, European Journal of Industrial Relations. 9(1):119-133.
- Lowell Turner, Lee Adler. 2001. Awakening the Giant: The Revitalization of the American Labor Movement, Transfer. 7(3):466-480.
- Lowell Turner. 1997. Participation, Democracy and Efficiency in the U.S. Workplace, Industrial Relations Journal. 28(4):309-313.
- Lowell Turner. 1996. The Europeanization of Labor: Structure Before Action, European Journal of Industrial Relations. 2(3):325-344.
- Lowell Turner, Peter Auer. 1994. A Diversity of New Work Organization: Human-Centered, Lean, and In-Between, Industrielle Beziehungen. 1(1):39-61.
- Lowell Turner. 1994. Social Partnership: An Organizing Concept for Industrial Relations Reform, Workplace Topics: AFL-CIO Department of Economic Research. 4(1):83-97.
- Lowell Turner, Ulrich Jürgens, Larissa Klinzing. 1993. The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Eastern Germany, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 46(2):229-244.
- Lowell Turner. 1989. Three Plants, Three Futures, Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 92(1):38-45.
- Lowell Turner, Lee Adler, Maite Tapia. 2014. Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University, 2014. (210 pages)
- Lowell Turner. 2007. Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy (co-editor). Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 2007. Lowell Turner, Daniel Cornfield.
- Lowell Turner. 2001. Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. Lowell Turner, Harry C Katz, Richard W Hurd.
- Lowell Turner. 2000. Transnational Cooperation among Trade Unions: Philosophy, Structure and Practice (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2000. Michael E Gordon, Lowell Turner.
- Lowell Turner. 1998. Fighting for Partnership: Labor and Politics in Unified Germany. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1998.
- Lowell Turner. 1997. Negotiating the New Germany: Can Social Partnership Survive? (editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1997. Lowell Turner.
- Lowell Turner. 1995. The Comparative Political Economy of Industrial Relations (co-editor). Madison WI: Industrial Relations Research Association and ILR Press, 1995. Kirsten Wever, Lowell Turner.
- Sarosh Kuruvilla, Harry Katz, Lowell Turner. 1994. Industrial Relations Reform in S. Korea: Principles and Policies in IR Systems Design. Seoul: Korea Labor Institute, 1994.
- Harry Katz, Sarosh Kuruvilla, Lowell Turner. 1993. Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining. Washington, DC: World Bank, PHREE, 1993.
- Lowell Turner. 1991. Democracy at Work: Changing World Markets and the Future of Labor Unions. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.
- Lowell Turner. 2014. Chapter 1 - Introduction: Organizing Immigrant Workers. in Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers and the Crisis of Capitalism. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2014. Lee Adler, Maite Tapia, Lowell Turner. (1-13)
- Lowell Turner, Maite Tapia, Denisse Roca-Servat. 2014. Chapter 2 - Union Campaigns as Countermovements: Best Practice cases from France, the U.K. and U.S.. in Mobilizing against Inequality. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2014. Lee Adler, Maite Tapia, and Lowell Turner. (14-31)
- Lowell Turner. 2014. Chapter 5 - France: Battles for Inclusion, 1968-2010. in Mobilizing against Inequality. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2014. Lee Adler, Maite Tapia and Lowell Turner. (69-85)
- Lowell Turner, Ga briella Alberti, Jane Holgate. 2014. Chapter 7: Opportunity and Choice for Unions Organizing Immigrant Workers: A Comparison across Industries and Countries. in Mobilizing against Inequality. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2014. Lee Adler, Maite Tapia and Lowell Turner. (107-130)
- Lowell Turner. 2012. Beyond Social Partnership: Unions, Civil Society, and the Renewal of Social Dialogue. in Beyond the Social-Civil Dialogue Dichotomy. Routledge, 2012. Jean De Munck, Claude Didry, Isabelle Ferreras, Annette Jobert. (22)(Accepted)
- Lowell Turner. 2011. A Future for Lablor Unions?. in International Handbook on Labour Unions: Responses to Neoliberalism. Routledge, 2011. Gregor Gall, Richard Hurd, Adrian Wilkenson. (25)(Accepted)
- Lowell Turner, Marco Hauptmeier. 2007. Coalition Building in New York and Los Angeles. in Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 2007. Lowell Turner, Daniel Cornfield. (129-143)
- Lowell Turner. 2007. Introduction: An Urban Resurgence of Social Unionism. in Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 2007. Lowell Turner, Daniel Cornfield. (1-18)
- Lowell Turner. 2004. Globalization, Participation, and the Renewal of the Labor Movement. in The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, 2004. Julius G. Getman, Ray Marshall.
- Lowell Turner, Edmund Heery, Carola Frege. 2004. The New Solidarity? Coalition Building in Five Countries. in Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Labor Renewal in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2004. Carola Frege, John Kelly. (137-158)
- Lowell Turner. 2004. Why Revitalize? Labour’s Urgent Mission in a Contested Global Economy. in Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Labor Renewal in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2004. Carola Frege, John Kelly. (1-10)
- Lance Compa, Lowell Turner. 2003. Paths to Global Social Regulation: What Can Americans Learn from the European Union?. in European Integration as a Social Experiment in a Globalized World. Hans Böckler Stiftung, 2003. Reiner Hoffmann et.al..
- Lowell Turner. 2003. Reviving the Labor Movement: A Comparative Perspective. in Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives. Amsterdam: JAI Press, 2003. Daniel B. Cornfield, Holly J. McCammon. (23-57)
- 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.
- Lowell Turner, Kirsten Wever, Michael Fichter. 2001. Perils of the High and Low Roads: Employment Relations in the United States and Germany. in Labor, Business, and Change in Germany and the United States. Kalamazoo MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2001. Kirsten S Wever. (123-155)
- 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.
- Lowell Turner. 2000. Revitalizing Labor in Today’s World Markets. in Creating Competitive Capacity: Labor Market Institutions and Workplace Practices in Germany and the United States. Berlin: edition sigma, 2000. Peter Berg. (73-80)
- Lowell Turner, John Windmuller. 1998. Convergence and Diversity in International and Comparative Industrial Relations. in Industrial Relations at the Dawn of the New Millennium. Ithaca NY: New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1998. Jean T McKelvey, Maurice F Neufeld. (192-208)
- Lowell Turner. 1998. Rank-and-File Participation in Organizing at Home and Abroad. in Organizing to win: New research on union strategies. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1998. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber.
- Harry Katz, Sarosh Kuruvilla, Lowell Turner. 1994. Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining. in Impediments to Competitive Labor Markets: An Overview of Policy and Research Issues. World Bank, 1994.
- Lowell Turner. 1993. Die Politik der neuen Arbeitsorganisation: Kooperation, Opposition, oder Partizipation?. in Jenseits des Sozialpakts: Neue Unternehmensstrategien, Gewerkschaften und Arbeitskämpfe in den USA. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 1993. Boy Lüthje, Christoph Scherrer. (38-49)
- Lowell Turner. 1993. Prospects for Worker Participation in Management in the Single Market. in Labor and an Integrated Europe. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1993. Lloyd Ulman, Barry Eichengreen, William T Dickens. (45-79)
- Lowell Turner. 1993. Social Partnership in Germany: Lessons for U.S. Labor and Management. in Looking Ahead. Washington, DC: National Planning Association, 1993. (13-16)
- Harry Katz, Sarosh Kuruvilla, Lowell Turner. 1993. Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining: Suggestions for Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. in Double Shift: The Transformation of Work in Post-Socialist and Post-Industrial Societies. New York NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1993. B Silverman et al. (187-208)
- Lowell Turner. 1992. Industrial Relations and the Reorganization of Work in West Germany: Lessons for the U.S.. in Unions and Economic Competitiveness. Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1992. Larry Mishel, Paula Voos. (217-246)
- Lowell Turner. 1990. NUMMI - Japanische Produktionskonzepte in den USA. in Mit Vollgas in den Stau: Automobilproduktion, Unternehmens-strategien und die Perspektiven eines ökologischen Verkehrssystems. Hamburg: VSA-Verlag, 1990. Manfred Muster, Udo Richter. (78-87)
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- Challenges facing the labor movement in US and Europe. Presented to ILR, European Trade Union Institute, Hans Boeckler Foundation. Brussels, Belgium. 2013.
- Immigrant workers and the labor movement. Presented to Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ. 2013.
- Mobilizing against Inequality. Presented to LERA. San Diego, CA. 2013.
- Labor after the 2012 elections. Presented to International Labor Communications Association. Washington, DC. 2012.
- Introduction to the Worker Institute. Presented to ILR. Ithaca. 2012.
- Introduction to the Worker Institute. Presented to ILR. Ithaca. 2012.
- Opening address: Collective Representation and Sustainable Society. Presented to ILR. New York City. 2012.
- Introduction to the Worker Institute. Presented to ILR/NYS AFL-CIO. Ithaca. 2012.
- Battles for inclusion: unions and immigrant workers. Presented to Hans Boeckler Foundation. Duesseldorf. 2012.
- Introduction to the Worker Institute. Presented to ILR, European Trade Union Institute, Hans Boeckler Foundation. Ithaca, NY. 2012.
- The Worker Institute at Cornell. Presented to LEST/CNRS, University of Aix-Marseille. Aix-en-Provence. 2012.
- Unions and Immigrant Workers: A Comparative Analysis. Presented to LEST/CNRS, University of Aix-Marseille. Aix-en-Provence, France. 2012.
- Economic crisis, firm-level bargaining, and the challenge for German labor. Presented to CNEL - Consiglio Nazionale dell'Economia e del Lavoro. Rome, Italy. 2012.
- The Obama coalition confronts counter-mobilization: Political paralysis on the way to economic transformation. Presented to ESCP/EAP. Paris, France. 2012.
- Syndicalisme et mouvement social aux Etats-Unis: analyse et perspectives. Presented to Ecole Normale Superieure/Cachan - IDHE. Paris. 2012.
- Unions as countermovements. Presented to British Journal of Industrial Relations. London. 2011.
- Unions, immigrant workers and crisis: finding from a comparative analysis. Presented to London School of Economics and Political Science. London. 2011.
- Mobilizing against inequality: unions, immigrant workers and the crisis of capitalism. Presented to Irish Industrial Relations Association. Dublin, Ireland. 2011.
- CGT, Collectif des Onze, and the "sans papiers" movement in France. Presented to University of Warwick. Coventry, U.K.. 2011.
- German codetermination: an international perspective. Presented to European Union. Brussels, Belgium. 2011.
- Mobilizing against inequality. Presented to Hans Boeckler Foundation. Frankfurt, Germany. 2011.
- Public Sector Labor Conflict in the United States. Paris. 2011.
- The Politics of Paralysis. Paris. 2011.
- Community Unionism: Myth or Reality?. Denver. 2011.
- Obama and Countermobilization. Presented to ESCP/EAP Paris - ILR School. ILR School - and Paris by distance learning. 2010.
- Capitalism Revisited. Presented to Council of European Studies. Montreal. 2010.
- Obama, Labor and Counter-mobilization: Political Paralysis in a Time of Economic Transformation. Presented to European Economic and Social Committee. Brussels, Belgium. 2010.
- Labor Protests in France. Presented to European Trade Union Institute. Brussels. 2010.
- Coalition building, social and civic dialogue. Presented to CAPRIGHT, European Economic and Social Committee. Brussels, Belgium. 2009.
- The politics of healthcare reform. Presented to Cornell Democrats. Cornell University. 2009.
- Full circle: from the 1960s to the Obama generation. Presented to Pomona College. Claremont, CA. 2009.
- Unions and crisis in Germany and the U.S.: the urgency of reform. Presented to ESCP-EAP. Paris, France. 2009.
- Obama and the battle for labor law reform: the Employee Free Choice Act. Presented to Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan, IDHS. Paris. 2009.
- Immigrant workers and the renewal of the labor movement. Presented to ESCP-EAP. Paris, France. 2009.
- Green jobs, unions and economic recovery. Presented to Kendall. Ithaca. 2009.
- Immigrant workers and union strategies. Presented to LERA. San Francisco. 2009.
Honors and Awards
- Prinicpal investigator, website on immigrant workers and unions, Carnegie Corporation, Hans Boeckler Foundation.
- Principal investigator, large grant, Hans Boeckler Foundation. 2013
- Three large research grants in progress, Carnegie Corporation, Public Welfare Fund, Hans Boeckler Foundation. 2011
- James G. Scoville Best International/Comparative Paper, LERA - Labor and Employment Relations Association. 2010