Tweets from ILERA

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I just returned from attending the World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) in Philadelphia. With over 400 scholars and policymakers from outside of the United States in attendance, it was a very diverse and stimulating conference. Here are my tweets which I hope others will find stimulating in the questions that they imply.

2 Jul
On my way to #ILERA World Congress. Delta agent felt sorry for me having to work on the fourth of July. #thethoughtofwork

2 Jul
Glad to see that faculty at Univ of Warwick are still proud to use the term "industrial relations." Not true in the US anymore. #ILERA

3 Jul
#ILERA opening: Tom Kochan on jobs crisis. Need jobs compact to combat financialization & institutional failure. Start with infrastructure.

3 Jul
#ILERA opening: but also need labor law reform to ensure good jobs. But how given that political stalemate has turned to polarization?

3 Jul
Tom Kochan: appropriate that we are in Philadelphia because we need a revolution in employment policy. #ILERA

3 Jul
Former #nlrb chair Wilma Liebman: at least ill-founded rancorous attacks on nlrb have raised awareness of labor law issues. #ILERA

3 Jul
#fmcs dir George Cohen's examples of cooperative labor-mgmt relationships suggests that labor law is not the problem, it's attitudes #ILERA

3 Jul
Depressing state of US employ policy & divisive political rhetoric at least make many intl #ILERA attendees feel better about own countries

3 Jul
Alex Colvin @ #ILERA : mandatory arbitration coverage probably 2x that of union coverage in US.

3 Jul
Great opportunity to learn more about employment issues in China, especially importance of decent #work. #ILERA
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3 Jul
Sarosh Kuruvilla: big shift underway in Chinese strikes, from protests of desperation & discrimination to strikes for wages & respect #ILERA

4 Jul
Today I'm a session chair, plenary chair, & panelist so it will be hard to tweet from #ILERA. #workingonthe4th

5 Jul
Bradon Ellem: lobby groups immensely resistant to recent IR law change in Oz, but much employer behavior is routine. Sounds familiar. #ILERA

5 Jul
Rafael Gomez: corp social responsibility typically only occurs after something bad prompts it--see Nike, Apple. #ILERA

5 Jul
John Howe: why is enforcement of building codes stronger than enforcement of construction labor standards? #ILERA

5 Jul
#ILERA ends with appealing promos for future congresses in Melbourne, Amsterdam, and Cape Town. Life is good.


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Whither Work? is a blog about work created by John Budd. I am a professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and the author of several books including The Thought of Work. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWBudd.