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Panel: Collective Bargaining in Higher Education: Best Practices for the Promotion of Collaboration, Equity and Measurable Outcomes

Panel: Collective Bargaining in Higher Education: Best Practices for the Promotion of Collaboration, Equity and Measurable Outcomes

Panel Description

This panel will discuss how the parties to labor agreements covering academic employees in colleges and universities can encourage better collaboration, equity and social justice through the collective bargaining process. Based on experience of the panelists general advice will be offered to those who oversee (Boards, Chancellors, Presidents, Governor’s Office Staff) labor management processes in higher education. The panel will provide a look into the future about where higher education may be headed (programs, finances, student success, inclusion and equity, productively, quality and excellence) if the parties hope to make collective bargaining more proactive, collaborative and equitable for all. Lastly, the panel will analyze how the parties to labor agreements who negotiate on behalf of labor or management can be more aware of the impact bargaining has on university governance and how all parties involved can better measure and assess collective bargaining outcomes.

Panelists Bios

Daniel J. Julius Currently, Professor of Management, New Jersey City University, Adjunct Professor, University at Albany, SUNY, and affiliated as a Visiting Fellow, School of Management at Yale University. Dr. Julius served as Provost and Senior Vice President at New Jersey City University; Director of the Levin Institute at SUNY; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research for the University of Alaska System; Vice President for Academic Affairs at Benedictine University; Assistant Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for the California State University, Vermont State Colleges, and University of San Francisco. A Past President of both the College and University Personnel Association (now CUPA/HR) and Academy for Academic Personnel Administrators, he has edited 9 books and annotated bibliographies, and published 100 articles, monographs and chapters in the areas of industrial labor relations, human resources, and higher education administration. He was the first research associate at the NCSCBHE/P (Hunter College) and served on its advisory board for 25 years. This is his third edited volume on collective bargaining in higher education. In 1979, he and Margaret K. Chandler, published “Management Rights and Union Interests in Higher Education”; one of the first comprehensive analyses of academic labor contracts then in existence.  Dr. Julius has lectured or taught at Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Cornell (ILR) and New York University, and the Universities of New Hampshire, Toronto and Manitoba (CHERD). He has been a Fulbright Scholar on several occasions and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, the International Labor Organization, Geneva, the Center for Organizations Research at Stanford University and Fudan University in China. He graduated from The Ohio State University (1972), studied at Cornell University (ILR), and earned graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University (1978).

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where he leads research on agile institutions in the 21st Century.  Previously he served as a professor and dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and as a faculty member in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division.  Joel is editor for the Negotiation Journal at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and is past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.  He is an award-winning author who has co-authored or co-edited twelve books and over one hundred articles, book chapters, and policy papers on new technology, stakeholder alignment, high performance work systems, labor-management partnership, negotiations, conflict resolution, and institutional transformation.  He has consulted with unions, employers, and government agencies in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, United Kingdom, and the United States.  Joel holds a Ph.D. in industrial relations from MIT and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. 

Adrienne E. Eaton is the Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. She holds a PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is the current President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), having served as program chair for the 2020 annual conference.  She is past Editor-in-Chief of LERA, a position she held from 2002-2009, and a member of the editorial board of Labor Studies Journal.  Her research focuses on labor-management partnerships, union organizing, and the impact of unionization on various types of workers including graduate student employees.  She is co-author of the 2009 book, Healing Together:  The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente with Tom Kochan, Paul Adler and Robert McKersie and co-editor of the 2017 book Informal Workers and Collective Action:  A Global Perspective with Susan Schurman and Martha Chen. Her research has also been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Labor Studies Journal, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations and numerous book chapters. Professor Eaton served as a member of New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission from January 2010 to June 2011. She is a past President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the union of faculty and graduate student employees at Rutgers. The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) named Adrienne Eaton a 2017 LERA Fellow in recognition of her research accomplishments.

Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a faculty member in the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the need for a new social contract at work, one that anticipates and engages current and future technological changes in ways that build a more inclusive economy and broadly shared prosperity. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor‐management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work:  A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract (Routledge, 2021).  He is a member of the National Academy of Human Resources, the National Academy of Arbitrators, and past president of the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association.  Currently he is member of the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future. Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

David Lewin is the Neil H. Jacoby Professor Emeritus of Management, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Managing Director and Head of the Human Capital and Labor & Employment Practices at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG). He is a recent past President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and presently chairs the LERA’s Strategic Thinking Committee.  Professor Lewin is the author of many published works on such topics as human resource strategy, human resource management practices and business performance, workplace and organizational dispute resolution, and compensation and reward systems. His books include The Modern Grievance Procedure in the Unites States; Public Sector Labor Relations; Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations; Human Resource Management: An Economic Approach; The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations; and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 26 (in press). He is also a co-founder and Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) and a founder and faculty member of the Columbia Business School/New York City Police Department Police Management Institute (PMI). Professor Lewin consults widely on human resource management issues with business, government and voluntary organizations in the United States and abroad. He also serves as an expert witness in employment litigation, having testified at trial and arbitration hearings on 62 occasions. His recent expert retentions involve issues of organizational governance, no poaching, the reasonableness of executive compensation, independent contractor versus employee status, managerial and employee misclassification, wrongful termination, and gender, age, race, disability and religious discrimination.