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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Reports

Faculty conducts applied research to analyze workplaces, industries, worker organizations and employment conditions for private sector clients and in partnership with community organizations.

Utilizing a variety of research techniques including data collection and analysis, survey methods, and oral interviews, LEP contributes to both practical and scholarly understanding of issues facing workers and regional economic trends.

Studies

Professor Steven Ashby

Beyond the Classroom: Analysis of a Chicago Public School Teacher’s Workday

IT’S MORE THAN TEACHING: A Report on the Actual Workday of a Springfield, Massachusetts Public School Teacher

Professor Bob Bruno

Advancing Construction Industry Diversity:  A Pilot Study of the East Central Area Building Trades Council

A Highly Educated Classroom: Illinois Teachers Are Not Overpaid

Alternative State and Local Options to Fund Public K-12 Education in Illinois 

A Report by the Chicago Taxi Drivers Workers Rights Board

A Manufactured Myth: Why Claims of a “Skills Gap” in Illinois Manufacturing are Wrong

An Analysis of the Impact of Prevailing Wage Thresholds on Public Construction: Implications for Illinois

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois (Policy Brief)

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois (Full Report)

Beyond the Classroom: Analysis of a Chicago Public School Teacher’s Workday

Clean Cars, Dirty Work: Worker Rights Violations in Chicago Car Washes (Report in English) (Report in Spanish)

Collective-Bargaining, Right-to-Work, and the Business Location of America’s Top Companies

Common Sense Construction: The Economic Impacts of Indiana’s Common Construction Wage

Driven Into Poverty: A Comprehensive Study of the Chicago Taxicab Industry

Report I: Income

Report II: Violence

Report III: Lease

Report IV: Law Enforcement

Efficiencies of Project Labor Agreements: Illinois Capital Development Board Projects, 2011-2013

Free-Rider States: How Low-Wage Employment in “Right-to-Work” States Is Subsidized by the Economic Benefits of Collective Bargaining

High-Impact Higher Education: Understanding the Costs of the Recent Budget Impasse in Illinois

ILLINOIS TEENS AND THE MINIMUM WAGE : The Impacts of Minimum Wage Hikes, 2004-2013

Indiana Union Report

Iowa Union Report

IT’S MORE THAN TEACHING: A Report on the Actual Workday of a Springfield, Massachusetts Public School Teacher

Minimum Wage, Maximum Benefit

Minnesota Union Report

Multi-State Employee Free Choice Act Report

Policies that Support Employment: Investments in Public Education, Investments in Public Infrastructure, and a Balanced State Budget

Policies to Reduce African-American Unemployment

Public Policies That Help Grow the Illinois Economy: An Evidence-Based Review of the Current Debate

Out-of State Labor and the Illinois Preference Act

ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN THE MIDWEST: Productive, High-Skilled, and Well-Paid

The Application and Impact of Labor Union Dues in Illinois: An Organizational and Individual-Level Analysis

The Costs and Benefits of International Trade in Illinois: Estimating Impacts on Manufacturing and the Economy

The Economic Effects of Adopting A Right-To-Work Law: Implications for Illinois

The Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase on Housing Affordability in Illinois

The Impact of Apprenticeship Programs in Illinois: An Analysis of Economic and Social Effects

The Impact of Local “Right-to-Work” Zones: Predicting Outcomes for Workers, the Economy, and Tax Revenues in Illinois

The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws on Military Veterans: An Economic and Labor Market Analysis

The Impact of “Right to Work” Laws on Labor Market Outcomes in Three Midwest States: Evidence from Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin (2010-2016)

The Impact of Tax Increment Financing on Chicago Public Schools

THE PAY OF UNION LEADERS: Debunking the “Big” Labor Myth

The Relationship Between Unions and Meaningful Work: A Study of Public Sector Workers in Illinois

The Shift-Work Shuffle: Flexibility and Instability for Chicago’s Fast Food Workforce

The State of the Unions 2014: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

The State of the Unions 2015: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

The State of the Unions 2017 : A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

The State of Working Illinois 2013: Labor in the Land of Lincoln

Study of Construction Employment in Marcellus Shale Related Oil and Gas Industry

Tough Times in the Terminals

UNION AND NONUNION HOUSEHOLDS: General Social Survey, 2000-2012

Union Decline and Economic Redistribution: A Report on Twelve Midwest States

Union Participation And The Work Fit-Job Satisfaction-Nexus: A Study Of The Chicago Teachers Union

Which Labor Market Institutions Reduce Income Inequality

Wisconsin Union Report

Working in Illinois’ Public Interest: A Comparison Study on Earnings, Benefits, and Impacts 

Alison Dickson

A Manufactured Myth: Why Claims of a “Skills Gap” in Illinois Manufacturing are Wrong

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois (Policy Brief)

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois (Full Report)

Clean Cars, Dirty Work: Worker Rights Violations in Chicago Car Washes (English)(Spanish)

Out-of State Labor and the Illinois Preference Act

The Economic Effects of Adopting A Right-To-Work Law: Implications for Illinois

The Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase on Housing Affordability in Illinois

The Impact of Tax Increment Financing on Chicago Public Schools

The Shift-Work Shuffle: Flexibility and Instability for Chicago’s Fast Food Workforce

Tough Times in the Terminals