Thursday, May 20, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


SPECIAL NOTE from the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS)


This spring IWS hosted three Workplace Colloquium Series events which you may find of interest.  Below are links to the presentations for viewing, and below that are abstracts and biographical information about the presenters.  Please feel free to make use of them.


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Feb 11, 2010 with Gary Bettman and Rob Manfred:

Mar 18, 2010 with Jefferson Cowie and Nick Salvatore:

Apr 15, 2010 with Mary Gallagher and Sarosh Kuruvilla:



Feb 11, 2010


Human Resource Practices and Industrial Relations in Professional Sports with Gary B. Bettman and Robert D. Manfred, Jr.


The sports industry is central to the social, economic, and cultural development of American life, but many of the industrial relations practices in sports stand apart from what is standard in the private sector. Given the nature of the work, the presence of star players, and the league system, as well as the application of labor law and antitrust law, industrial relations practices in sports necessarily differ from the rest of private sector. Mr. Bettman and Mr. Manfred will discuss whether the skills and approaches used in other areas also can be applied to sports, or else what unique set is needed.

Gary B. Bettman (ILR '74) is the first commissioner of the National Hockey League. Under his direction, the league has experienced a period of unprecedented growth, notably in the areas of expansion, broadcasting, marketing, and building the fan base. Before being named commissioner of the NHL, Mr. Bettman served 12 years with the National Basketball Association, attaining the position of senior vice president and general counsel. Prior to that, Mr. Bettman was associated with the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn. He received his J.D. from New York University.

Robert D. Manfred, Jr. (ILR '80) is one of five executive vice presidents of Major League Baseball reporting directly to the president and the commissioner. His areas of responsibility include labor relations and human resources. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Mr. Manfred was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in their Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Manfred graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Mar 18, 2010

The Constraints of History: Obama, the New Deal, and American History with Jefferson Cowie and Nick Salvatore


When Barack Obama won the 2008 election during a period of economic crisis, the press immediately drew widespread comparisons with FDR and the New Deal. Cowie and Salvatore argue, however, that the New Deal and its legacy down through the administration of Lyndon Johnson marked an exceptional period in the nation’s economic and political history. For the first time, the state intervened directly in economic matters, not solely on behalf of elites but to assist working and middle class people.

The postwar era might best be understood, therefore, as a "long exception" to the main counters of American history–and an unlikely analogue for future politics. Cowie and Salvatore's book, The Long Exception: An Interpretation of the New Deal from FDR to Obama is due out from Princeton University Press in 2011.

Jefferson Cowie is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University's ILR School. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (New Press, 2001) which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization (Cornell Press, 2003). His new book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (New Press) is due out this year.

Nick Salvatore is the Maurice and Hinda Neufeld Founders Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist (Univ. Illinois Press, 1982), which received the Bancroft Prize in History and the John H. Dunning Prize, and We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber (Univ. Illinois Press, 1996), which received the New England History Association's Outstanding Book Prize. His third biography, Singing in a Strange Land: C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America(Little & Brown, 2005) examines the life of one of the most influential preachers in the Afro-Baptist tradition.


Apr 15, 2010

The Transformation of Labor Relations in China with Mary E. Gallagher and Sarosh Kuruvilla


It is now 30 years since China has reformed its economy. In this period, economy and society have undergone dramatic changes. Perhaps the largest change has been in its labor relations system. The scope and direction of the changes, as well as the process through which change is brought about, has profound implications for how we understand China. Professors Gallagher and Kuruvilla, co-organizers of a recent conference on Chinese Labor at Cornell, will draw from their work to talk about the future trajectory of labor relations in China, previewing their co-edited book on Chinese labor. They will discuss issues such as recent labor law changes, unionization trends, and the future of labor relations in China.

Mary E. Gallagher is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is also the director of the Center for Chinese Studies. Funded by a Fulbright Research Award and the National Science Foundation, Professor Gallagher is examining the development of rule of law in China by examining the dynamics of legal mobilization of Chinese workers. She is also undertaking an examination of labor standards and practices in four Chinese regions to find if there are diffusion effects in legislation, court behavior, and labor practices across regions. She is the author of Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China (Princeton, 2005).

Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs at Cornell University's ILR School. Professor Kuruvilla is one of the world's leading experts on comparative industrial relations in Asia. His recent research has been concerned with developing policy approaches to improving national skills development, skills up-gradation and labor policy. He serves as a consultant to many international agencies and governments.




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