From the American Rights at Work web site's "About Us": "Since 2003, American Rights at Work has informed the American public about the struggle to win workplace democracy for nurses, cooks, computer programmers, retail cashiers, and a variety of workers who we all depend on every day. Our vision is a nation where the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers is guaranteed and promoted." LERA member Erin Johansson is American Rights at Work's Director of Research. American Rights at Work is located in Washington, D.C.
The Labor Project for Working Families is a Berkeley, Calif.-based non profit organization whose mission, according to its web site, is "to win and advance work family rights through the collective power of working people." Its vision: "We envision an American workplace that places equal value on doing our jobs and caring for our families. We envision an active and engaged movement that collectively ensures our rights as workers, family members and caregivers." Its values are "building union power, fostering strategic collaborations and respecting family diversity."
From the National Association of Manufacturers web site: "The NAM offers a variety of manufacturers’ resources that support and advance the manufacturing agenda and highlight the vital role of manufacturing in our nation’s economic vitality. These resources range from economic statistics and manufacturing industry data to analysis of recent manufacturing related court cases and policy issue one-pagers."
NAM has headquarters in Washington, D.C.
From the National Domestic Workers Alliance web site:
"Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA is powered by 39 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia. NDWA is supported by domestic workers, employers and our family — supporters and allies like you. ...
"In the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of most workers in the United States. In a concession to Southern lawmakers hoping to maintain slavery-era work conditions for African Americans, domestic workers and farmworkers where deliberately excluded from these laws and the protections they offered. Many of these exclusions remain in effect today. As a result, domestic workers are one of the most vulnerable workforces in the nation, working without the benefit of core labor standards or basic employment protections. But we are changing this. ..." <Read more>
From the Poverty and Race Action Council web site:
"The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups in 1989-90. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC sponsors social science research, provides technical assistance, and convenes advocates and researchers around particular race and poverty issues. PRRAC also supports public education efforts ...
"At the present time, PRRAC is pursuing project-specific work in the areas of housing, education, and health, focusing on the importance of 'place' and the continuing consequences of historical patterns of housing segregation and development for low income families in the areas of health, education, employment, and incarceration. PRRAC's work is informed by an extensive national network of researchers, organizers, attorneys, educators, and public health and housing professionals. <Read more>
The Solidarity Center is a project of the AFL-CIO. Its mission (from its web site) is:
"The Solidarity Center's mission is to help build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent and democratic unions:
We envision a world . . .
The Solidary Center's office is in Washington, D.C.
From the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity web site:
"Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity was launched in October 2007 by major U.S. foundations to foster non-partisan debate during the 2008 campaign season about policy approaches for addressing poverty and opportunity. Today, Spotlight provides a platform for ongoing discussion about how best to address the needs of those who have fallen into poverty during the Great Recession and those who have struggled for generations to move up the economic ladder.
"Spotlight is perhaps the leading non-partisan forum on poverty in the country, known for presenting 'big tent' ideas and solutions for reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity through its comprehensive website, weekly e-newsletter; policy events, and original research and surveys.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is located at the Center for Law and Public Policy in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1936, the Academy of Management is an international professional scholarly association "dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations."
Located in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., AOM has more than 17,000 members from 105 nations, according to its web site. AOM members are scholars as well as practitioners from business, government and non-profit groups with scholarly interests in management. "Membership is open to all individuals who find value in belonging."
AOM holds an annual meeting; sponsors 50 listservs; publishes four scholarly journals, a book series, a newsletter and best-paper proceedings CDs.
The American Arbitration Association, with offices in New York City, Dublin and Mexico City, and is scheduled to open an office in Singapore. provides dispute resolution services worldwide.
From the American Arbitration Association Web site: "The AAA role in the dispute resolution process is to administer cases, from filing to closing. The AAA provides administrative services in the U.S., as well as abroad through its International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR). The AAA's and ICDR's administrative services include assisting in the appointment of mediators and arbitrators, setting hearings, and providing users with information on dispute resolution options, including settlement through mediation.
"Ultimately, the AAA aims to move cases through arbitration or mediation in a fair and impartial manner until completion. Additional AAA services include the design and development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems for corporations, unions, government agencies, law firms, and the courts. The Association also provides elections services as well as education, training, and publications for those seeking a broader or deeper understanding of alternative dispute. ..." <Read more>
From the Wikipedia entry on the American Management Association: "... based in New York City, is a corporate training and consulting group that provides a variety of educational and management development services to businesses, government agencies and individuals. The non-profit membership organization offers business courses in communication, leadership, marketing, sales, human resources, finance and accounting. Founded in 1913, as the National Association of Corporation Schools, the AMA became the American Management Association in 1923."
Based in New York, the American Mediation Association's members are attorneys, forensic accountants, psychologists, appraisers custody experts.
From the American Mediation Association web site: "One mediator is assigned to your case, a professional with years of experience. That mediator may work with co-mediators, who are needed such as, accountants, appraisers or psychologists to resolve financial or emotional concerns. Each party is referred to their own "mediator friendly" attorney to review drafts and agreements before the final Memorandum of Understanding is signed. That way, parties have individual advice and lawyers to assist with their individual needs. ..." <Read more>
From the ADAPT web site: "ADAPT is a non-profit organisation founded in 2000 by Prof. Marco Biagi with the aim of promoting studies and research in the field of labour law and industrial relations from an international and comparative perspective. Our purpose is to encourage and implement a new approach to academic research, by establishing ongoing relationships with other universities and advanced studies institutes, and promoting academic and scientific exchange programmes with enterprises, institutions, foundations and associations.
From the Better Business Bureau web site's statement of vision and mission: Vision: "An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other." Mission: "BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by creating a community of trustworthy businesses; setting standards for marketplace trust; encouraging and supporting best practices; celebrating marketplace role models; and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.
"BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner. ..." <Read more>
From the Fair Labor Association web site: "Since 1999, FLA has helped improve the lives of millions of workers around the world. As a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations, FLA creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through independent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency from companies, manufacturers, factories and others involved in global supply chains. ..."<Read more>
Participating companies include Apple, Barnes & Noble, Nestle, Nike, Puma and Patagonia. Fair Labor Assoication President and CEO Auret van Heerden is pictured above left.
From the International Association for Feminist Economics web site: "The International Association for Feminist Economics is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance feminist inquiry of economic issues and to educate economists and others on feminist economic perspectives. IAFFE works to foster dialogue and resource sharing among economists who take feminist viewpoints, advance feminist inquiry into economic issues, foster evaluations of the underlying constructs of the economics discipline from feminist perspectives, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the economic classroom to aid in expanding opportunities for women within economics and to promote interaction among researchers, activists, and policy makers in order to improve scholarship and policy.
"IAFFE organizes an annual conference to present current research, plan future research, and interact with economists and advocates with similar interests. The organization also publishes the scholarly journal Feminist Economics to increase awareness of feminist research in the discipline."
IAFFE offices are located at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
From the ILERA web site:
"The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (formerly the International Industrial Relations Association) was established in 1966 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:
Today the Association has more than 1,000 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners and national associations in 32 countries."
From the International Labor Organization web site: "The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.
"This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work. ..." <Read more>
ILO headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. The organiztion also has field offices on five continents. The ILO was founded in 1919 after WW I. In 1946, the ILO became the first specialized agency of the United Nations.
The Labor and Employment Relations Association — LERA — is a national not-for-profit, non-partisan organization whose members are drawn from the ranks of academia, management, labor and “neutrals.” Founded in 1947, as the Industrial Relations Research Association, LERA is an organization for professionals in industrial relations and human resources; management; unions; law; academics; "neutrals" (arbitrators and mediators); and practitioners.
The Employment Policy Research Network is a LERA project supported by grants from the Rockefeller, Russell Sage and Ewing Marion Kauffman foundations.
From the National Asociation of Arbirtrators' web site: "The National Academy of Arbitrators was founded in 1947 as a not-for-profit honorary and professional organization of arbitrators in the United States and Canada.
Members are chosen by involved parties to hear and decide thousands of labor and employment arbitration cases each year in private industry, the public sector and non-profits in both countries. Admission standards are rigorous in keeping with the goal of establishing and fostering the highest standards of integrity and competence. ..." <Read More>
NAA's offices are in Cortland, N.Y.
The Society for Human Resource Management is a national and international professional human resources organization, founded in 1948, with headquarters in Alexandria. Va. SHRM has 250,000 members. From the SHRM home page: "SHRM is the global HR professional organization that exists to build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities.Provide a community for human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to share expertise and create innovative solutions on people management issues." Read more>
The Chamber of Commerce has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. From the Chamber web site: "Mission Statement: "To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility." About: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96 percent of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world." Read more>
From the Union for Radical Political Economics web site: "About URPE: The Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study, development and application of radical political economic analysis to social problems. Founded in 1968, URPE presents a continuing critique of the capitalist system and all forms of exploitation and oppression while helping to construct a progressive social policy and create socialist alternatives. URPE members, often in cooperation with other organizations, organize local study groups, speaking and writing projects, and political events. URPE’s international members in Latin America are involved in discussions, visits, and exchanges." URPE offices are located at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The American Constitution Society is a non-profit organization with more than 16,000 paying members (mostly attorneys) and 175 chapters at law schools in 47 states and 32 attorney chapters. ACS promotes "a progressive vision of our Constitution and laws" and "nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges and policy experts." Each year, ACS sponsors more than 1,000 debates, conferences and press briefings to counter the efforts of the activist conservative legal movement. The American Constitution Society has headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The California Public Employee Relations Program provides non-partisan information and resources to labor and management by researching employment relations and labor and employment law at the state and national levels and providing complete, balanced coverage of all public-employment sectors: local government, public schools, higher education, and state employment. CPER publishes the quarterly online journal CPER and a series of pocket guides to public- and private-sector employee relations laws. The program also provides reference and consultation services; cooperates with labor relations, academic, research, and community organizations in conferences; and assists visiting scholars, faculty, students, public policymakers, and the news media. CPER is part of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Center for Labor Market Studies is an applied research, evaluation, and policy-oriented technical assistance unit located within the Department of Economics of Northeastern University. The center has published numerous papers on unemployment, underemployment, "malemployment" (employment by college graduates in jobs that do not generally require a college degree) and youth unemployment in the Great Recession. The director is Andrew Sum (pictured at left), an EPRN researcher, Steering Committee member and topic leader of the Labor Demographics research group. Sum endeavors to place the center's research in the media so they can undergird better public policy on employment/unemployment issues.
The Center for Social Policy at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston provides expertise on policies and practices that reduce social and economic inequities in Massachusetts and the nation. Through active community engagement, CSP takes a critical look at the structural causes for low wages, housing affordability problems and the unequal distribution of resources. CSP director Francoise Carre (pictured at left), is an Employment Policy Research Network researcher.
The Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School's Employment and Disability Institute advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.
The Cornell University Global Labor Institute was established at the Industrial and Labor Relations School in 2005 to work with trade unions in the U.S. and internationally to help them and their civil society partners develop solutions to major social, economic and environmental challenges. Major research topics are climate change, sustainable transportation, state and regional issues, International Transport Workers Federation Consulting, green jobs and economic alternatives.
The Institute for Work and Employment Research at the Sloan School of Management at MIT offers the doctorate in industrial and human resources, sponsors working papers and a seminar series. The co-director of the institute is EPRN researcher and Steering Committee Chair Thomas A. Kochan (pictured at left).
Cornell University's Institute for Workplace Studies, located in midtown Manhattan, offers educational programs, including the Industrial and Labor Relations School's only off-campus degree program, the Master of Professional Studies program in Industrial and Labor Relations. IWS also provides opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas between ILR’s scholars and representatives from local academic, government, business, and labor communities in an effort to advance workplace practices, policies, and innovations.
The Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations' Institute for Workplace Studies News Bureau, whose office in New York City, is, in truth, the work of a one-man band director Stuart Basefsky. From the ILR web site: "The IWS News Bureau helps members of the ILR community keep up with the latest in workplace information, trends, reports, and statistics by disseminating the IWS Documented News Service. Under the directorship of Stuart Basefsky, the news service offers the latest information related to ILR disciplines, as it becomes available, for the purposes of research, understanding, and debate. The news service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Postings are selected to meet the research needs and interests of our faculty, staff, and students, but are useful to anyone interested in workplace-related issues. It is a free service, published on a daily and weekly basis, with an option to receive posted links through email. A section devoted to international postings is also available." Discussion are encouraged on the Labor and Employment Relations Association's LERA-DIALOG@listserv.illinois.edu listserv.
The Cornell University Martin and Laueie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution's major mission is "educating the next generation of neutrals" in both undergraduate and graduate degree offerings. The Institute focuses on programs dealing with workplace dispute resolution, but through its joint program with the Cornell Law School, it also offers programs on international, commercial, environmental, and other forms of dispute resolution.
The National Employment Law Project works to overcome the deteriorization of work caused by globalization, degraded workers' rights, increased subcontracting, classifying workers as independent contractors and failed immigration policies. NELP's mission is to restore America's promise of economic opportunity and upward mobility, promote workers' rights and aid the unemployed to return to the workforce by promoting improved benefits and services to the unemployed.
NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute at the Industrial and Labor Relations School offers a statewide one-year certificate program jointly sponsored by the NYS AFL-CIO, the national AFL-CIO, and Cornell. Instruction combines seminars, fieldwork, and mentoring, and carries 12 units of college credit. Applicants must be nominated by their union.
A sustainable work force as one where individuals are productively employed in jobs that sustain psychological and economic well-being over time as well as balance the diverse interests of employers, workers, and families. Ellen Kossek and Peter Berg lead the Sustainable Workforce Initiative at Michigan State University. Both are Employment Policy Research Network researchers.
Wider Opportunities for Women mission: "Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally and in its home community of Washington, D.C., to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women and girls. WOW has a distinctive history in changing the landscape of women and work.
"For more than 40 years, WOW has helped women learn to earn, with programs emphasizing literacy, technical and nontraditional skills, the welfare-to-work transition, career development and retirement security. Since 1964, WOW has trained more than 10,000 women for well-paid work in the D.C. area.
"WOW leads the National Women's Workforce Network, which is comprised of organizations committed to increasing women and girls' access to well-paid work, the Family Economic Security Program (FES), and the Elder Economic Security Initiative."
EPRN researcher Mary Gatta is a WOW senior scholar.
Founded in 1934, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, based in New York City, is a non-profit grantmaking foundation. Grantees are those involved with original research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance where funding from the private sector, government or other foundations is not readily available. The Sloan Foundation has six program areas in which it dispenses grants: basic research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; science education; public understanding of science; economic performance and the quality of life; select national issues, such as biosecurity and how information technolgy affects the scientific endeavor; and New York City in science, technology and educational civic initiatives. From the Sloan Foundation web site: "The Sloan Research Fellowships - This program seeks to recognize the achievements of outstanding young scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science. Past recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships have gone on to win 38 Nobel prizes, 14 Fields Medals (mathematics), and eight John Bates Clark awards (economics)." A history of 75 years of Sloan Foundation grants is available by clicking here.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, established in 1948 and located in Baltimore is a private foundation with assets of $2.7 billion that provides annual grant funding of $122 million. From the Web site: "The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs. For a brief overview of our work, we offer a two-page fact sheet."
From the Aspen Institute, web site: "The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues." To achieve this mission, the institute presents seminars to deepen knowledge and problem solving for leaders; international youth fellowships; policy programs; public conferences and events. Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke established the institute in 1950.The institute has locations in Washington, D.C.; Aspen, Colo.; and Aspen Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore,
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations and the world's largest foundation dedicated to enterpreneurship and education. The foundation's president states that it aims to find, test, refine and disseminate new ideas in education at all levels including new "high-impact enterprises." The foundation, located in Kansas City, Mo., uses its endowment income to devote $90 million per year to grants and programs. The Kauffman Foundation has provided the Employment Policy Research Network with start-up funding to develop its Sustainable Entrepreneurship topic. "Sustainable entrepreneurship" on EPRN does not connote green jobs as it has come to mean. Rather, EPRN looks at entrepreneurial startups and what they need to do to attract, recruit, retain workers in good jobs and to fully engage workers as their organizaations' most-valuable resources.
The Ford Foundtion, headquartered in New York City, was established in 1936. According to its web site the Ford Foundation is "an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization ... entirely separate from the Ford Motor Co." The foundations makes grants in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The foundation's issues for which it provides grant support to organizations and individuals are democratic and accountable government, economic fairness, educational opportunity and scholarship, freedom of expression, human rights, metropolitan opportunity, sexuality and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development. The foundation receives 40,000 proposal a year and funds about 1,600 grants and distributed $400 million worldwide in 2010.
google.org Google.org is the philanthropic arm of Google. From the Google.org web site: "We focus on problems where Google’s assets andcore capabilities — technology innovation, global presence, making massive amounts of information universally accessible and useful — play strongest and where the solutions we create have the most potential to scale. Since our inception, we’ve developed a broad range of beneficial technologies. Highlights include creating Google Person Finder, which helps reconnect people in the wake of major disasters; developing Flu and Dengue Trends, which use search trends to provide early warning systems for possible disease outbreaks; and building Google Earth Engine to enable scientists, governments and native tribes to monitor changes to the Earth’s surface." Google.org's headquarters is in Mountain View, Calif.
From the Hitachi Foundation web site: "The Hitachi Foundation was founded on the belief that business has an essential role to play in addressing the complex global challenges of our time. Through its three signature programs, the Foundation seeks to discover and expand business practices that create tangible, enduring economic opportunities for low-wealth Americans, their families, and the communities in which they reside." The Hitachi Foundation is located in Washington, D.C. Barbard Dyer is president and CEO of the Washington, D.C., foundation. She has been a visiting scientist at MIT's Sloan School of Management since September 2010 and has joined EPRN as a researcher in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship topic area.
The Hoover Foundation at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., adheres to "the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government." Hoover's three broad research themes are American institutions and economic performance, democracy and free markets and international rivalries and global cooperation. Hoover Fellows perform and desseminate a wide range of research and commentary on antirust issues; economic history, development, labor; macroeconomics, microeconomics; international and transitional economics; immigration; human captial and human-resources; industrial organization; trade; public policy; regulation; Social Security; unemployment; welfare policy and many other issues. The institution was founded in 1919 by early Stanford University alumnus and future president Herbert Hoover.
New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based, non-partisan, non-profit public policy institute, "invests in outstanding individuals whose ability to communicate to wide and influential audiences can change the country's policy discourse in critical areas, bringing promising new ideas and debates to the fore." Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, pictured at left, is chairman of the board of the New America Foundation.
The R. Brinkley Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies at Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School is "the nation's largest foundation in support of alcoholism research, education, prevention and treatment."
"Reason Foundation's nonpartisan public policy research promotes choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy as the foundation for human dignity and progress." Research topics: economy and economics, immigration, health care, globalization, privitization, transportation and Wal-Mart. The Reason Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The foundation's motto is "free minds and free markets."
Founded in 1913 and based in New York City, the Rockefeller Foundation's lofty goal is "to promote the well-being of humanity" nationally and internationally. From the foundation's web site: "The Rockefeller Foundation envisions a world with Smart Globalization – a world in which globalization’s benefits are more widely shared and social, economic, health, and environmental challenges are more easily weathered. We support work that enables individuals, communities, and institutions to access new tools, practices, resources, services, and products. And we support work that enhances their resilience in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses, whether manmade, ecological, or both. This is our 21st century interpretation of the Foundation’s pioneering – and enduring – philanthropic mission to 'promote the well-being' of humanity." The Rockefeller Foundation provided a startup grant for the Employment Policy Research Network.
From the Russell Sage Foundation Web site: "The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Located in New York City, it is a research center, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation's social science community. The foundation also publishes, under its own imprint, the books that derive from the work of its grantees and visiting scholars." The Russell Sage Foundation has provided EPRN with startup funding, and many EPRN researchers have been Russell Sage Fellows, received research grants and had their books published by Russell Sage Press.
The Skoll Foundation with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., supports social entrepreneurs, whom it describes as "creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better." From the Skoll Foundation web site: "Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. ... Over the past 10 years, we have awarded more than $250 million, including investments in 85 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 70 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. In addition to our grant-making, we fund a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments. <Read more>
From The Century Foundation website: "TCF is a progressive non-partisan think tank, founded in 1919 and initially funded by Edward Filene, a man best known for his store’s Basement (which was established as a way to make goods affordable to working people). At Mr. Filene’s death in 1937, he was a close associate of President Franklin Roosevelt, and one of the leading liberal businessmen in the country. Along the way he was a leading champion of fair workplaces and employee ownership strategies, all with an eye to ensuring that economic opportunity is available to all.Until the end of the last century, TCF was called the Twentieth Century Fund. Trustees over the years included Theodore Sorensen, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, Justice Robert Jackson and J. Robert Oppenheimer." <Read more> The Century Foundation is located in New York City.
From the Wikipedia CBO entry: "The CBO's mandate is to provide Congress with "objective, nonpartisan, and timely analysis to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on a wide array of programs covered by the federal budget, snd the information and estimates required by the Congressional budget process.With respect to estimating spending for Congress, the Congressional Budget Office serves a purpose parallel to that of the Joint Committee on Taxation for estimating revenue for Congress, the Department of the Treasury for estimating revenues for the Executive and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. This includes projections on the effect on national debt and cost estimates for legislation."
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site: Mission: "The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant." The BLS' economic releases include productivity and costs, employment, metropolitan employment, employee compensation, job openings and labor turnover, import and export price indexes, producer price index, consumer price index, regional state employhment and unemployment and mass layoffs.
The mission of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs is to lead the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy.
BNA publishes – in print and electronic formats – more than 350 daily, weekly, monthly, and up-to-the-minute news services covering the full range of legal, legislative, regulatory, and economic developments that impact the business environment around the nation and the world for professionals in business and government. BNA offers its corporate human resource subscribers webinars on legal, management and labor issues. EPRN researchers present their research in BNA webinars. Fomerly an employee-owned company and organizational sponsor of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the parent organization of EPRN, BNA was acquired by Bloomberg in 2011. EPRN researchers and Labor and Employment Relations Association members present webinars on employment issues to Bloomberg BNA clients and subscribers.
The ILR Press, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, is an imprint of Cornell University Press in Ithaca, N.Y. The ILR Press publishes a wide range of books on economics; labor; management; collective bargaining; technology; industrial and labor relations; health-care work; organizing work in the information economy; transnational capital; labor law; employment discrimination; employee ownership and shared capitalism; and the meaning of work.
Tim Bartik, blogger, EPRN researcher, author and senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, started this blog when he published his book, Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development, published by the Upjohn Institute in January 2011. Bartcik omments on the broader policy issues involved with early childhood programs and economic development programs.
New Deal 2.0, a project of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, provides progressive commentary on economic, social and cultural matters. Its audience includes journalists, opinion leaders, policy makers and the general public. New Deal 2.0 is non-partisan, and views expressed are those of its authors. They include Hederik Hertzberg, Joe Conason and Joseph Stiglitz as well as EPRN researchers James K. Galbraith and William Lazonick (photo at left). The Roosevelt Institute is located in Hyde Park, N.Y.
New York Times Economix blogs — lively, smart, mostly progressive, hyperlinked, individualistic blogs on the economics of everyday life. Economix bloggers are Times' economics, financial, business and labor reporters; academic economists; and former federal officials. EPRN researcher and U-Mass Amherst's Nancy Folbre (photo at left) — economist, professor, MacArthur Fellowship winner — blogs on Economix weekly.
"Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans. Through the ongoing exchange of ideas, research and data, Spotlight seeks to inform the policy debate about reducing poverty and increasing opportunity in the United States." <Read more> Spotlight is directed by representatives of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Eos Foundation, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Freedman Consulting and The Hatcher Group. Spotlight is located in Washington, D.C.
From the Op-Ed Project web site: "The OpEd Project is an initiative to expand the range of voices we hear from in the world, with an immediate focus on increasing the volume of women thought leaders in the public sphere to a tipping point. Since women currently do not submit to key opinion forums with anywhere near the frequency that men do — and because these gateway forums feed all other media and drive thought leadership and policy — we target and train women experts at top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations to write op-eds and more broadly to take thought leadership positions in their fields; we connect them with a national network of high-level mentor-editors, and we channel them to the media gatekeepers who need them, across all platforms."
Op-ed (commentary or columns traditionally located opposite a newspaper's editorial page) submission information, i.e., length, contact info, guidlelines for 100+ print and online publications. Op-eds come from newspaper or syndicated columnists as well as topic-area experts and the general public. It's generally advisable to submit a jpeg author mug shot photo.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a conservative, non-partisan think tank founded in 1943 whose mission is "to defend the princiles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democartic capitalism -- limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability and open debate." Unlike the Heritage Foundation, AEI takes no institutional positions on policy issues. Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
The American Institute for Economic Research, founded originally in the Cambridge, Mass. MIT office office during the Great Depression, is now located in Great Barrington, Mass., "conducts independent, scientific, economic research to educate individuals, thereby advancing their personal interests and those of the nation." AIER is indpendent of special-interest groups. It publishes research, especially related to the business cycle, sponsors fellowships and organizes and hosts conferences.
From the Cato Institute web site: "The Cato Institute is a public-policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues," including education and child policy, international economics, Social Security, energy and the evironment, health care, regulatory studies, tax and budget policy, and trade and immigration. It is located in Washington, D.C.
The Center for American Progress is a progressive policy institute with offices in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. From the organization web site: "We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter and shape the national debate."
The Center for Economic and Policy Research was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be informed about the problems and choices that they face. Eileen Appelbaum is a senior economist at the center and an Employment Policy Research Network researcher. Another senior economist at CEPR, John Schmitt, is also an EPRN researcher.
The Center for Women and Work is a leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high-skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all. The Center is located in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey. The center addresses women’s advancement in the workplace and conducts research on successful public and workplace policies.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a non-partisan research and policy institute in Washington, D.C., which works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
From the Economic Policy Institute "Research and Ideas for Shared Prosperity" web site: "The Economic Policy Institute's mission is to inform and empower individuals to seek solutions that ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security. To achieve this goal, EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America. EPI proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers." EPI areas of research include: education; federal budget, deficit and taxes; health; immigration; jobs, wages and living standards; labor policy; macroeconomic performance; public investment; race and ethnicity; regulation; retirement; and trade and globalization. EPI publishes commentaries, reports, books and hosts a blog, "working economics." The president of EPI is Lawrence Mishel, an EPRN researcher pictured above left.
From the Employment Policies Institute web site: "Founded in 1991, the Employment Policies Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth. In particular, EPI focuses on issues that affect entry-level employment. Among other issues, EPI research has quantified the impact of new labor costs on job creation, explored the connection between entry-level employment and welfare reform, and analyzed the demographic distribution of mandated benefits. EPI sponsors nonpartisan research which is conducted by independent economists at major universities around the country." The Employment Policies Institute is a conservative organization that is against raising the minimum wage. Its offices are located in Washington, D.C.
From the Generation Web site: Generation Investment Management LLP is an "independent, private, owner-managed partnership with offices in London, New York and Sydney ..." Generation is "dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research and client alignment." The partnership was founded in 2004 by former Vice President Al Gore and David Blood. "A Manifesto for Sustainable Capitalism" was published in the Wall Street Journal on December 14, 2011. Generation published a longer "White Paper on Sustainable Capitalism" on Feb. 15, 2012. Generation advocates long-term investment for "maximization of long-term value creation" employing environmental-social-governance metrics. Instead of managing and rewarding managers for "short-termism and misaligned incentives," efficient capital allocation puts resources in R&D, productivity improvement and employee training and skills development.
"Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution — a think tank — whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities."
From the Industry Studies Association web site:
"The Industry Studies Association draws members from many academic disciplines around shared research interests concerning industries and non-profit activities. It was created by scholars affiliated with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Industry Studies Program, which started in 1990. The creation of the Association was motivated by a widely shared conviction that the impact of academic research concerning industry can be enhanced by communication across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our mission is to advance industry studies scholarship by facilitating the exchange of ideas among members and between members and the general public. ..." <Read more>
The Industry Studies Association is an independent, non-profit educational organization and our support comes from membership dues, donations, program revenue, and grants. The ISA administrative office is housed in the Center for Industry Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy is an interdisciplinary (psychology, public health, social policy and social work) research institute that focuses on population groups that may need effective social programs in order to reach their maximum productivity. EPRN researcher and Steering Committee member Lisa Lynch, an economist pictured at left, is dean of the Heller School at Brandeis.
Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School is an "interdisciplinary center that researches, teaches, and communicates about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work, and how these rewards influence outcomes for individuals, companies, industries, and economies.ICS considers all forms of compensation across the world and across the span of organizational control – from boards of directors and executives to entry-level and contract workers, in for-profit and nonprofit organizations."
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley offers training programs to California unions, community groups and business leaders and sponsors and propagates research on the full range of employment and workplace issues to academics, policymakers and the public. Economist Michael Reich, pictured at left, is the director of the institutte and an Employment Policy Research Network researcher.
The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment supports faculty and graduate-student research on employment and labor topics in a variety of academic disciplines. The Institute also sponsors colloquia, conferences and other public programming and is home to the undergraduate UCLA minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. Chris Tilly, pictured at left, is the director of the institute and an Employment Policy Research Network researcher.
"The Institute for Workplace Innovation, at the University of Kentucky, is a research center with a mission to develop and disseminate knowledge about the 21st century workplace to create work environments that boost the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit. Our research is informed by theory and guided by the need for innovative, practical solutions. We connect employers to these solutions by building and translating the research, creating applied tools and resources, educating policy makers, and helping employers successfully develop the workforce." The founder and executive director of IWIN is Jennifer Swanberg (pictured above left), a University of Kentucky associate professor of social work and EPRN researcher.
The Jobs Knowledge Plaftorm is a project managed by the World Bank in collaboration with a number institutional partners from around the world. From the Jobs Knowledge Platform web site: "Policymakers around the world are looking for practical solutions to expand job creation and improve job opportunities. Addressing this key global policy priority, the Jobs Knowledge Platform (JKP) aims to:
The National Bureau of Economic research, located in Cambridge, Mass., is "a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a great understanding of how the economy works" ... for "policymakers, business professionals and the academic community." the 1,100 economics and business professors ("research associates") "concentrate on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the economic effects of public poliices and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals." Full text downloads of NBER working papers are available free to institutional (most universities) and individual subscribers, corporate associates, journalists, federal govenment employees and military personnel and residents of developing nations. A number of NBER associates are also Employment Policy Research Network researchers.
From the National Law Review web site: "The National Law Review compiles timely, well-researched articles submitted to us from law reviews, law journals, law firm newsletters, bar associations and original thought leadership.A group of in-house attorneys and business leaders developed the National Law Review on-line edition to create an easy to use resource to capture legal trends and news as they first start to emerge. The National Law Review is based outside of Chicago and is a woman owned and operated enterprise. ...
The Organisation of Economic and Co-operative Development has headquarters in Paris, France. Its motto is "Better Policies for Better Lives." One might add "globally." From the OECD web site: "The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. We look, too, at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, like how much they pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age." Read more>
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The Urban Institute, located in Washington, D.C., engages in nonpartisan economic and social policy research. From the Urban Institute web site: "Our mission: the Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
"The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.
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The W.E. Upjohn Institute is an independent non-profit research institute and foundation located in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Upjohn performs, sponsors and partners in research on "the causes and effects of unemployment and ... stud[ies] and investigate[s] the feasibility and methods of insuring against unemployment and devise[s] ways and means of preventing and alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment."
The Upjohn Institute provided a grant to EPRN to further research on fianancialization, which deals with both the proliferation of financial-services businesses and the trend of corporations' expending an increasing amount of their efforts on financial concerns often to the detriment of research and development; product improvement and innovation; and productivity increases.
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