Pre-hire labor pacts used on major construction projects at the Port of Seattle had no major impact on competition or construction costs, and were more likely to meet diverse apprenticeship goals, according to new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute.
May 22, 2024
May 15, 2024
The University of Illinois Press interviewed Professor Bob Bruno about his new book, What Work Is.
Mar 11, 2024
When the expanded federal Child Tax Credit was temporarily adopted during the pandemic, child poverty was reduced by 36% and $1 billion was injected into Illinois’ economy, creating 18,000 jobs. But Congress allowed it to expire. As a result, child poverty has more than doubled.
Mar 04, 2024
New autoworkers’ contract uplifts Belvidere, Illinois No place in history has benefited more from a new contract than Belvidere, Illinois. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards went 90 miles northwest of Chicago to a place that went from the biggest labor “loser” to the biggest winner.
Feb 12, 2024
I think simple questions about fundamental life activities are often the most profound. Asking “what work is” to anyone who works is one of those queries.
Jan 30, 2024
Professor Bob Bruno, Director of the Labor Studies Program and a Professor of Labor and Employment at the University of Illinois, returns to The Workers’ Mic to discuss his new book “What Work Is,” and to share some incredible labor history. Listen here
Jan 28, 2024
Just minutes ago, the full City Council voted 36-12 in favor of the ordinance that requires Chicago businesses to give their workers 10 days off per year beginning January 1, including five sick days and five vacation days.
Nov 09, 2023
“I think the moment and the person have sort of gelled. In many ways, the moment required Shawn Fain. But Shawn Fain had to step up into that moment.”
Nov 03, 2023
“This gets us closer to the finish line for sure.”
Oct 26, 2023
Illinois is becoming more diverse, more educated and yes, growing.
Oct 25, 2023
Mass exodus from Illinois? New report debunks the myth. The state lost 460,000 residents from 2010 to 2020, but the loss was largely offset by immigrants moving to Illinois, the report shows.
Oct 11, 2023
Oct 05, 2023
“It can certainly be helpful in moving the bargaining forward,”
Sep 25, 2023
US walkouts hit three of 70 plants owned by Ford, GM and Stellantis but union warns of more to come. Bruno says: “The UAW really hasn’t used these tactics in decades,” Bruno said. “Old school is sexy again.”
Sep 25, 2023
Labor Education Director at the University of Illinois Bob Bruno talks about the expansion of the UAW strike and the greater impact.
Sep 22, 2023
The United Auto Workers’ strike against the Big Three automakers could possibly change the entire automotive industry. University of Illinois professor Robert Bruno, a specialist in labor relations, helps unpack the impact of the strike.
Sep 21, 2023
A survey conducted by the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois of roughly 1,200 Chicago tipped workers in July 2022, found that nearly 57 percent of those surveyed said they were required to illegally “tip-out” their managers in the week prior, more than 43% said they faced at least one form of illegal discrimination on the job in the prior year and approximately 43% reported experiencing homelessness for at least one night in the past year.
Sep 20, 2023
Dr. Robert Bruno, Professor and Director, Labor Education Program, University of Illinois, joins John to talk about how the U.S. is in another major industrial shift, how that shift is impacting the labor market, if members of the UAW deserve higher pay, the pay disparity between company CEO’s and their employees, and why pay raises for UAW workers shouldn’t result in higher car prices. Listen to the full interview here.
Sep 19, 2023
Fain has been critical of past union leadership, and has vowed to use more aggressive tactics against the car makers to get a 40% pay increase for auto workers in their new contracts.
Sep 18, 2023