Ryan Lamare: Author Archive

Dr. Ryan Lamare serves as the Research Analyst for American Rights at Work, conducting research documenting the effects of unions on workers and the wider community. He also engages with scholars and advocates across the nation on the latest data, research, and public opinion pertaining to workers’ rights. Dr. Lamare has published extensively on labor and employment relations, alternative dispute resolution, human resource management, and issues related to contingent and migrant work. He holds a Ph.D., M.S. & B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

New Study: Unions offer training opportunities for childcare workers

The issue of whether childcare workers should be able to form unions has generated considerable debate in recent years. Those who support the rights of these workers to form unions and bargain collectively emphasize the low pay and difficult environments childcare providers often face. Unions help to stabilize conditions, improve job satisfaction, and raise wages to appropriate levels—all of which are vital to providing the best possible care for children.

Unfortunately, very little is known about the tangible differences unions make in the lives of childcare providers. But a new study from the Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) helps to shed light on the value unions provide to an often-neglected and voiceless group of workers. Read more »

 

Anti-union ballot initiatives yet another attack on the 99 percent

Today, voters will head to the polls in Ohio and determine the political fate of Senate Bill 5, a bill that would severely limit collective bargaining for the state’s public workers. The referendum on the controversial bill comes just a few months after similar legislation passed in Wisconsin, which was greeted with massive public outcry and protests, culminating in efforts to recall both Democratic and Republican state legislators.

Meanwhile, in California, an initiative has been proposed that would re-introduce so-called ‘paycheck protection,’ which would limit unions’ ability to represent their members’ interests in the political realm. All of these bills are supported almost exclusively by Republicans, who argue that stripping away rights for public servants will somehow generate private sector growth while simultaneously erasing government debt.

There’s an often overlooked motivation for this anti-union legislation: Each bill would significantly limit the workers’ ability, through their unions, to effectively participate in the political process. This is particularly important when one considers that unions represent one of the only counterweights to corporate influence in politics, and offer one of the few avenues through which the 99 percent are given an opportunity to shape the policy choices of our country. Read more »