Professor/author to speak on state of U.S. labor movement

January 30, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On Feb. 7, the Penn State Center for Global Workers’ Rights will welcome Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at City University of New York Graduate Center, and academic director of the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, for a presentation titled “Back to the Future? U.S. Labor Organizing in the New Gilded Age." This talk will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., in Room 502 Keller Building and is co-sponsored by the Penn State's Center for Global Studies and the department of sociology.

Milkman is a sociologist of labor movements who has studied a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States. Recently she has written extensively on low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing employment conditions and the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She helped lead a multi-city team that produced a 2009 study documenting the prevalence of wage theft and violations of workplace laws in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Milkman is author of "Gender At Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation During World War II" (1987); "Japan's California Factories: Labor Relations and Economic Globalization" (1991); "Farewell To The Factory: Auto Workers in the Late 20th Century" (1997); and "L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and The Future of the U.S. Labor Movement" (2006).

The Center for Global Workers’ Rights seeks to support research and activism on sweatshops, labor standards and labor rights by creating a network of scholars working on these issues around the world.

For additional information, go to, call 814-865-0751, email or visit the Center for Global Workers’ Rights office, 501G Keller Building.


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