Researchers from ILR, MIT Sloan win grant for worker study

Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research at the ILR School, and Thomas A. Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, have been awarded $225,000 in grant funding from the research network WorkRise to conduct a multi-industry study of worker organizing efforts in the U.S. and their outcomes.

Their project, “Achieving Greater Worker Voice, Equity, and Mobility: A Multi-Industry Study of Organizing Efforts and Their Outcomes,” is one of 22 research projects to receive funding in a round of grants announced Jan. 12 by WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers and mobility based at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.  

WorkRise received 175 applications for this round of funding, and is awarding a total of $2.4 million in research grants to the 22 teams selected for research that will inform and drive action towards strengthening economic security and mobility for workers earning low wages in the U.S. labor market, with an emphasis on addressing equity gaps affecting Black workers and other workers of color, immigrants and women. The awards fund research across a range of research topics, institutions and methodologies, as well as academic disciplines.

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Martha E. Mangelsdorf is director of strategic communications for the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research.

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