Protecting Immigrant Workers: New Strategies for Strengthening Labor Standards Enforcement

Friday, January 29, 2016
12:00 - 1:30pm
10383 Bunche Hall

Presented by: Janice Fine, Associate Professor, Labor Studies & Employment Relations



About the Talk:

Professor Janice Fine will present some of her research on the evolution of the worker center movement as well as recent work building a theoretical argument and set of case studies on the role of unions and worker centers in enforcing labor standards in low wage sectors in partnership with government agencies. 



About the Speaker:


Janice Fine holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science and is Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, where she teaches and writes about low wage immigrant labor in the U.S., historical and contemporary debates regarding federal immigration policy, dilemmas of labor standards enforcement and innovative union and community organizing strategies.


Fine is faculty coordinator of the Program on Immigration and Democracy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where she is a principal investigator of the Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map (RIIM), a cross-disciplinary, applied research project that studies the role of immigrant organizations and immigrant infrastructures in New Jersey and the consequences of variation across place for immigrant integration. She is also a member of the graduate faculty in Political Science as well as the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers.


Fine’s ground-breaking book, Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream, was released in January of 2006 by Cornell University Press and the Economic Policy Institute. Recent articles include “Immigration and the Transformation of American Unionism” ( with Brian Burgoon, Wade Jacoby and Daniel J. Tichenor) in International Migration Review, “When the Rubber Hit the High Road: Labor and Community Complexities in the Greening of the Garden State” in Labor Studies Journal, “Strengthening Labor Standards Enforcement through Partnerships with Workers Organizations” (with Jennifer Gordon) in Politics&Society, “A Movement Wrestling: American Labor’s Enduring Struggle with Immigration 1866-2007” in Studies in American Political Development (with Daniel J. Tichenor) and “Why Labor Needs a Plan B” in New Labor Forum. Fine has also written for the Boston Globe, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Nation, and the Boston Review. She has been a guest commentator on All Things Considered, and appeared on the Lou Dobbs Show.







This event is presented by the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration; cosponsored with the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor & Employment