Working Group on the Future of the Labor Movement



Despite soaring corporate profits, American workers are claiming a shrinking share of the national economic pie in wages and benefits. Union decline is a major cause of this trend, and it also contributes to growing disparities by race and ethnicity. Scholars in this working group present the best evidence on the patterns, causes, and consequences of union decline in both the private and public sectors. Many also suggest innovative strategies for revitalizing unions and creating other modes of organizational leverage to improve worker rights and voice in workplaces and democratic politics. The Working Group is building relationships with labor organizations, activists, journalists, and policymakers. Members have broad expertise and are thus able to link changes affecting workers to larger shifts in the economy and politics at regional, national, and international levels.



Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Washington University-St. Louis


Distinguished Professor of Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center
Professor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Coordinator at School of Social Work, University of Maine
President, Center for Community Change Action (CCCA); Vice-President, Center for Community Change (CCC); and Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa
Assistant Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology
Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University
Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Director, Labor Market and Workforce Research, Jobs for the Future
Associate Professor of Work & Organizations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science Director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights, Pennsylvania State University
Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Fellow in International Studies, Watson Institute, Brown University
Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston
Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Rose Professor of Urban Economics Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor of Economics, Wheaton College
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of History, University of Rhode Island
Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University