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


Labor Education faculty conduct applied and peer-reviewed research on a wide variety of employment, workplace and labor relations topics.

Applied research reports are done to analyze economic conditions, labor market public policies, workplaces, industries, worker organizations and employment conditions in both the private and public sector.

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

Peer-reviewed research is also a core component of the Labor Education Program.

Our faculty provides expertise in multiple areas, including workers representation, building strong employment relationships, worker organizations, labor history and union institutional behavior. Based upon their research and scholarly productivity, as well as key leadership roles served in professional associations, faculty members are acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields. LEP contributes to the scholarly understanding of issues facing workers, unions, and the employment relationship.

If you would like to investigate labor-related research that is customized to your industry or consult with faculty on labor relations topics please contact Bob Bruno, director of the Labor Education program or (312) 996-2491.