Research & Publications

Featured Report: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change

Download the report"New York State can act now to protect New Yorkers from the worst impacts of climate change while also addressing growing economic inequality. An ambitious and audacious climate jobs agenda creates good, high-road jobs for communities across the state and drastically reduces greenhouse gas pollution. By adopting a climate jobs agenda, New York can lead the country and chart the way to a low-carbon, equitable economy."

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Research by Worker Institute associates spans many areas, from immigration to debt to labor's future. Samples of work -- organized alphabetically by author -- by institute associates include:

Sally Alvarez

Kate Bronfenbrenner

Nellie Brown

Alexander J.S. Colvin

Lance Compa

Jefferson Cowie

Ileen A. DeVault

  • Forthcoming in Labor History: Family Wages: The roles of wives and mothers in U.S. working-class survival strategies, 1880-1930.

Linda Donahue

Eli Friedman

Jeff Grabelsky

Lois Gray

Kati L. Griffith

James A. Gross

Louis Hyman

Harry Katz

Peter Lazes

  • Lazes, P., Katz, L. and Figueroa, M. (2012).How Labor-Management Partnerships Improve Patient Care, Cost Control and Labor Relations (PDF, 2 MB), February 28, 2012.
  • Lazes, P., Katz, L., Figueroa, M. and Karpur, A. (2012). Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness, Chapter 5: Using Adaptive and Disruptive Change Strategies to Create an Integrated Delivery System: Montefiore Medical Center's Experience, August 2012.
  • Lazes, P. and Savage, J., New Unionism and the Workplace of the Future, Unions and Workplace Reorganization by Bruce Nissen, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1997.

Beth Livingston

Ken Margolies

Veronica Martinez-Matsuda

  • Martinez-Matsuda, V.Building Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program, 1935-1947 -book manuscript in progress
  • Martinez-Matsuda, V. (2013)."'A Transformation for Migrants': Ethnic Mexican Farm Workers, the Federal Government, and Health Reform During the New Deal Era," in Making Race, Making Health: Historical Approaches to Race, Health and Medicine, The University of Minnesota Press, 2013 – forthcoming
  • >Martinez-Matsuda, V. (2013)."Agriculture, Race, Transnational Labor, and the American South," in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, V. 24 Race, eds. Thomas C. Holt and Laurie Green, University of Mississippi, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of North Carolina Press, 2013 – forthcoming
  • Martinez-Matsuda, V. (2009). Making the Modern Migrant: Work, Community, and Struggle in the Federal Migratory Labor Camp Program, 1935-1947, Austin: University of Texas, 2009.

Lara Skinner

Sean Sweeney

Maite Tapia

  • Tapia, M., Marching to Different Tunes: Commitment and Culture as Mobilizing Mechanisms of Trade Unions and Community Organizations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2012.

Lowell Turner

  • Turner, L., Adler, L., and Tapia, M., (2013) Mobilizing Against Inequity: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism (forthcoming).
  • Lowell Turner, "States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France, and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980–2000." ILRReview 63.4 (2012).
  • Lowell Turner, "A Future for the Labor Movement?" In G. Gall, R. Hurd, and A. Wilkinson (eds.). International Handbook on Labour Unions: Responses to Neo-Liberalism. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2011, 311-327.
  • Lowell Turner,Mobilizing Against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PDF, 367 KB), The 35th Countess Markievicz Memorial Lecture, Irish Association for Industrial Relations, National College of Ireland, Dublin, November 22, 2011
  • Lowell Turner, "Institutions and Activism: Crisis and Opportunity for a German Labor Movement in Decline." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 62:3, April 2009. (This article won the James G. Scoville Best International/Comparative Paper Award Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2010.)

KC Wagner

Art Wheaton