Research & Publications

Faculty Research and Publications
LERC faculty conduct research on issues related to employment, labor relations, economic affairs, race and gender in the workplace, and workers’ legal rights. Our studies and reports have been used by academics, unions, government agencies, community organizations, and elected officials in developing policies and programs that address the needs of working Oregonians.

As the following studies and reports indicate, LERC faculty members possess wide-ranging scholarly and research expertise. We are committed to making this expertise readily available to the University community and the broader Oregon community, as an essential element of our public service.

Examples of Our Work (chronological order)

Gordon Lafer, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America, One State at a TimeCornell University Press,  April 2017
In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note the growing political dominance of a small segment of the economic elite. But what exactly are those members of the elite doing with their newfound influence? The One Percent Solution provides an answer to this question for the first time. Gordon Lafer’s book is a comprehensive account of legislation promoted by the nation’s biggest corporate lobbies across all fifty state legislatures and encompassing a wide range of labor and economic policies.

Raahi Reddy,  Ellen Scott and Mary C. King
The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling, March 2017

Raahi Reddy, Mary King and Laura Dresser
Oregon’s Care Economy: The Case for Public Care Investment, January 2017

Bob Bussel, Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship, University of Illinois Press, October 2015

Raahi Reddy, Daniel Morris, Ellen K. Scott, Bob Bussel and Shauna Dyer, The High Cost of Low Wages

Gordon Lafer and Bob Bussel, with assistance from graduate student Jaxon Love
ALL COSTS CONSIDERED III — LERC Report on Contracting Out

have completed a third study on the contracting out of school support services in Oregon, 2013

The LERC Monograph Series on public sector labor relations includes definitive research and commentary on the workings of Oregon’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) by labor and management advocates as well as neutrals.

Helen Moss, and  Marc Weinstein
Addressing the Skills Shortage in Healthcare through the Development of Incumbent Employees: Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) Program, October 2009

Lynn Feekin
Majority Authorizations and Union Organizing in the Public Sector: A Four-State Perspective
, May 2009

Barbara Byrd
Construction Apprenticeship in Oregon: An Analysis of Data on Union and Open Shop Apprenticeship Programs
, April 2009




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