Labor Research Colloquium



This lecture will be held at the ERB Memorial Union (EMU), Lease Crutcher Lewis room on the University of Oregon campus.


May 7, 2019, 4–5 pm
Mark Brenner, PhD,
Career Instructor
Labor Education & Research Center

What Happens When “Right-to-Work” Becomes Law? Recent Evidence from the Midwest

Over the past decade, a growing number of states adopted “right to work” laws. Last year, the Supreme Court mandated “right to work” as the law of the land for all public sector workers. Supporters of these laws claim they boost job growth and don’t harm unions; opponents say they undermine unions and in-crease economic inequality. This comprehensive economic anal-ysis shows the impact of such laws on union membership and financial stability – pointing to challenges ahead for public sector unions in Oregon and across the country.

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PAST SPEAKERS

April 10, 2019, 4–5 pm
Diego Contreras-Medrano
PhD candidate
Department of Sociology

Mexican Labor Contractors in the Oregon Agriculture Industry
The struggle of farmworkers is seen as a contest between workers and growers.  In reality, labor contractors play a key role in the industry, connecting workers from Mexico and Central America with temporary farm labor markets.  This talk focuses on the impact of Mexican-born labor contractors on workers’ working and living conditions.


January 23, 2019, 4–5 pm
Yi Yu, PhD candidate
Department of Geography

A “Prison of Love”: Exploitation and the promotion of “care ethics” for female care workers in China
Feminist geographers and employers alike have called for an ethics of attentiveness, responsibility, and responsiveness in care work.  But how do these demands for intensive emotional labor shape the working conditions – and the self-concept – of the women who do this work?  This talk reports on empirical research in Shanghai and Beijing to challenge the call for low-wage, high-guilt emotional labor.

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