From the Editor
LERA Members on the Air and More
To encourage positive change and understanding of topics in the labor and employment relations realm, LERA members have participated in radio interviews on the University of Illinois WILL public radio's Focus 580 show with host David Inge. While some of the interviews took place in 2011, the topics and insights are evergreen. During each radio show, the guests entertained questions from listeners (via phone and email).
This issue of the Online Companion provides summaries of four of these interviews. Keep the conversations on these important topics going by posting your comments on the Employment Policy Research Network web site or sending your suggestions for future articles in Perspectives on Work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This issue also includes a brief write-up on a panel of sustainable entrepreneurship experts held at MIT in March 2012 organized by EPRN Sustainable entrepreneurship with a definite good-jobs edge is the newest EPRN research topic. It’s the brainchild of past LERA president Tom Kochan. Development of the topic is being supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship and one of the biggest foundations in the U.S. You’ll find much more on sustainable entrepreneurship including more on this expert panel, in the fall/winter issue of Perspectives on Work. Please look for your copy in September.
Finally, we have three thoughtful book reviews prepared by young LERA scholars.
"The NLRB and the Role of Collective Bargaining in a Civil Society"
Wilma B. Liebman and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
"Labor Day Show: The Changed and Changing Nature of Work in the 21st Century"
Rosemary Batt and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
"Big Questions about the Future of Class-Action Lawsuits"
Michael LeRoy and Lesley Wexler
"Getting It Right: Public Sector Unions"
Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Craig Olson
"Not Just Business as Usual …"
Employment Policy Research Network new topic: Sustainable Entrepreneurship
From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization: Markets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China
Sarosh Kuruvilla, Ching Kwan Lee, Mary E. Gallagher, Reviewed by Tamara L. Lee, Esq.
Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s
Arne L. Kalleberg, Reviewed by Jerome Hughes
The Thought of Work
John W. Budd, Reviewed by Mohammad A. Ali