Book Panel: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain

Panel Description

This panel will be discussingthe findings and analyses of Dominic D. Wells’s new book From CollectiveBargaining to Collective Begging: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Rightto Bargain.  The book examines thefactors, influences, and politics that led states to pass collective bargaininglaws in the 1960s and 1970s as well as the the battles in Wisconsin and Ohio in2010s over limiting such rights.  Thebook’s publication is extremely timely as states like Virginia and Coloradohave passed recent laws expanding bargaining rights while Arkansas has a newlaw prohibiting public sector collective negotiations.

Panelists Bios

Dominic D. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Fire Administration (FIAD) Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University in 2018, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Bowling Green State University in 2013, and a B.A. in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in 2010.  His primary research focuses on labor union politics and policy. Dr. Wells is the author of From Collective Bargaining to Collective Begging: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain (Temple University Press). His work has been published in Questions in Politics, the Journal of Political Science Education, the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, and Teaching Statistics. Dr. Wells teaches courses in political science, public administration, and fire administration.

William P. Jones, is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department at the University of Minnesota and President of the Labor and Working-Class History Association.  He is author, most recently, of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights, and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe NationDissent and other publications. He is currently writing a book titled Essential Workers: Public Employees and the Dignity of Labor.

Eleni Schirmer is finishing a PhD at UW-Madison in Educational Policy Studies, where she studies labor movements, social movements and the political economy of education. Her dissertation offers a political biography of Wisconsin’s largest teachers’ union, and its unsteady path towards social justice unionism. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe NationBoston Review and elsewhere. She is a member of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT#3220.

William A. Herbert is Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. His scholarship focuses on labor law, history, and policy.  He is a co-editor of the treatise Lefkowitz on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law and he has authored book chapters and articles on public sector labor issues, and other subjects.   Prior to joining the Hunter College faculty, Mr. Herbert was Deputy Chair and Counsel to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  Before his tenure at PERB, he was Senior Counsel for CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.