The 18th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress is running from July 23 to 27 in Seoul, South Korea. Several CIRHR faculty have made the trip, and research from CIRHR students, faculty, and alumni is being presented at the conference. This includes:
- “What do Workers “do” With Union Membership? Further Evidence of the Union-Civic Engagement “Effect” from American and Canadian Workers” by CIRHR Director Rafael Gomez, part of the What Do Unions Do, Today?: Unions’ Community and Societal Contributions and Questions of Their Future Sustainability session on July 24
- “Do Local Union Strategies Explain the (Unexpected) Union Pay Premium in China?” by CIRHR PhD student Yao Yao and CIRHR professor Morley Gunderson, part of the Firm and Employee Performances of Labor Unions session on July 24
- “Gaining back Influence through Social Media? Analyzing Twitter network to Predict Trade Union Influence in North America,” by Lorenzo Frangi (University of Quebec in Montreal) and CIRHR PhD alumna Tingting Zhang (Western New England University), part of the Revitalization of Trade Unions session on July 25
- “Does Occupational Licensing Increase Income Inequality?” by CIRHR PhD alumna Tingting Zhang (Western New England University), part of the Human Capital session on July 25
- “The Brazilian Labour Law Reform: can this path lead to development?” by Ana Virginia Moreira Gomes (University of Fortaleza – UNIFOR, Brazil) and CIRHR professor Anil Verma, part of the Labor Law Reform session on July 25
- “A Pacified Labour? The Transformation of Labour Conflict,” by Lorenzo Frangi (University of Quebec in Montreal), Sung-Chul Noh (Saitama University, Japan), and CIRHR PhD alumnus Robert Hebdon (McGill University), part of the Collective Actions session on July 26
- “Advancing Dispute Resolution by Unpacking the Sources of Conflict: Toward an integrated framework,” by John W. Budd (University of Minnesota), Alexander J.S. Colvin (Cornell University), and CIRHR professor Dionne Pohler, part of the Third Party Neutrals in Dispute Resolution session on July 26
- “Employment Vulnerability and Discouragement among Recent Canadian Immigrants,” by CIRHR PhD alumna Rupa Banerjee (Ryerson University), CIRH PhD alumna Danielle Lamb (Ryerson University), and CIRHR professor Anil Verma, part of the Vulnerability of Migrant Workers session on July 27
Elsewhere at the conference, Professor Pohler will chair the Comparison of Non-Regular Workers Between Japan and Korea: Diverse Types, Workers’ Behaviors, and Corresponding Policies session on July 25. “Lifting the bottom: The Role of Minimum Wage Policy in Fostering Inclusive Prosperity,” part of Plenary Session III: Labor Market Dualization and Institutional Responses on July 25, will be presented by Professor Verma, who also organized the Future of Labour Policy: Walking the Tightrope of Job Creation and Better Regulation session on July 26.
At the conference's Gala Dinner, Professor Pohler was awarded a Luis Aparicio prize. The prizehonours emerging scholars based on their contribution to the study and research of work, employment, labour, and employment relations. It is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to research and policy by relatively recent entrants to the field. The prize is awarded once every three years, at the ILERA World Congress. Dr. Pohler was also nominated for the prize in 2015, when it was awarded for the second time, at the 17th ILERA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Congratulations!