“The Year Ahead in Employment Relations:
Semi-Bold Predictions for 2023!”
Dr. Paul Clark, Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State
Thursday, January 26, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
2022 was a very eventful year for the labor and employment relations field. A variety of factors have come together to provide significant momentum for the American labor movement. The number of petitions to hold union elections was up 58 percent in the first three quarter 2022, with organizing drives at large, high profile companies like Amazon, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, and Apple, while the number of strikes is also up.
This session will focus on what the year ahead will bring in employment relations. Will the organizing successes of 2022 result in union contracts with improved compensation and benefits, or will the newly-organized employers continue the successful strategy they have employed in the past of refusing to sign first contracts? Will unions increasingly turn to strikes to force employers to agree to significant contract improvements? Will the National Labor Relations Board continue to strengthen protections for workers and unions? These and similar issues will be the focus of the session.
2022 was a very eventful year for the field of labor and employment relations. Numerous factors have come together to provide significant momentum for American unions.
What will 2023 bring?
*Will we continue to see the number of organizing drives in the US increase?
*Will the many newly organized workplaces be able to negotiate decent first contracts?
*Will we see unions continue to strike more frequently in an effort to win significantly improved contracts?
*Will the NLRB continue to continue to strengthen protections for workers and unions?
*Or, will a recession roll back the increased leverage that unions have gained in today’s tight labor market?
SHRM and HRCI Recertification Credits and CEUs
This presentation has been approved for 1.25 credits
Zoom.com Link will be provided the day of the presentation.
No cost to members.
$5.00 to non-members
Professor Paul F. Clark is the former Director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State.
Clark is the author or editor of five books and he has published over fifty scholarly articles. His primary research interests involve unions and employment relations. His research has focused on collective bargaining in the coal, steel, and healthcare industries. He also has studied the structure and administration of unions in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, and Australia. His most recent work has looked at labor-management partnership programs in acute care healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Scotland. His teaching interests include employment relations, labor law, and labor history.
Clark also regular serves as a consultant to unions and employers on research and training programs.
He has been an active LERA member for several decades, serving as President of both the Western Pennsylvania and Nittany local chapters. He was recently elected as the future President of National LERA. He will serve as President-elect in 2021-2022 and as President in 2022-2023.
Clark received a Masters degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He did additional graduate work at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
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