The Future of the Labor Movement Conference at Princeton University brings together scholars, policymakers, and labor organizers to discuss the role of unions in our economy and the challenges of 21st century workplace organizing.
Together, participants will exchange ideas on the social science behind organizing, the policy landscape facing new unionization efforts, and building data infrastructure for the labor movement. The 1.5 day workshop (September 30 – October 1, 2022) will include panel discussions and keynote presentations on the following topics:
– New union advantages
– Field notes: lessons from recent campaigns
– Solving coordination and collective action problems, the Social Science of organizing
– Data infrastructure for the labor movement
– The future of labor policy
– Labor organizing in the 21st century
This event is sponsored by the Princeton Economics Program for Research on Inequality and the Columbia University Labor Lab. Organizers are Ellora Derenoncourt, Suresh Naidu, and Heather Sarsons.
The conference will take place in the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building on Princeton’s campus. The address is 20 Washington Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540. Breakfast, registration, and all sessions will take place on the 3rd Floor in Room #399.
Participation in the conference is by invitation only, but Saturday’s keynote is open to all members of the Princeton community. Learn more about the keynote below.
Friday, September 30
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Panel 1 – New Union Advantages
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel 2 – Field Notes: Lessons from Recent Campaigns
12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Panel 3 – Solving Coordination and Collective Action Problems: The Social Science of Organizing
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Panel 4 – Data Infrastructure for the Labor Movement
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Panel 5 – The Future of U.S. Labor Policy
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keynote: Labor Organizing in the 21st Century
This session is open to the broader Princeton community. Visit this page for more information.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.