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Cornell experts available to discuss UAW contract impasse, strike implications

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Adam Allington

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain has warned if an agreement for a new contract is not reached before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, he will call for his roughly 150,000 members at General Motors, Stellantis and Ford to walk off the job.

The following Cornell University experts have been tracking the contract talks between the Detroit three and the UAW.

Alexander Colvin

Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Alex Colvin, dean of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), is an expert on issues related to collective bargaining, arbitration and dispute resolution.

Ileen DeVault

Academic Director for the Worker Institute, Professor of Labor History

Ileen Devault, professor of labor history at ILR, researches union experiences and working-class history. 

Harry Katz

Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining & Director, Scheinman Institute

Harry Katz, professor of collective bargaining at ILR and director of the Scheinman Institute, is an expert in trade unions, contract negations and collective bargaining.

Kate Bronfenbrenner

Director of Labor Education Research

Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, senior lecturer at ILR, and co-director of the Worker Empowerment Research Project, has expertise on union and employer strategies in organizing and bargaining in the global economy.

Cathy Creighton

Director of Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

Cathy Creighton, director of Cornell’s ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, focuses on employment law, drawing from her background as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.

Arthur Wheaton

Director, Western NY Labor and Environmental Programs

Art Wheaton, director of labor studies at Cornell’s ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, has extensive expertise on labor relations in manufacturing, and the auto sector specifically.

Elizabeth McClean

Associate Professor

Elizabeth McClean, associate professor in the SC Johnson College of Business, studies business management, strategy, and employment relations.

Patricia Campos-Medina

Executive director of the Worker Institute

Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of ILR’s Worker Institute, leads research, policy innovation and training to advance worker justice, collective bargaining rights and the interest of workers in today’s economy and society.

Ariel Avgar

Professor of labor relations, law and history and senior associate dean for outreach and sponsored research

Ariel Avgar, professor of labor relations, law and history at ILR, can speak to consequences of conflict for employees and employers.

Ian Greer

Senior Research Associate at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Ian Greer, a research professor at ILR, is available to talk about the impact that disruptive technologies, such as electric vehicles, play in collective bargaining.

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