The Work and Occupations symposium issue on “The New Labor Activism” has just been released. The fifteen symposium essays present a new generation of labor sociology research for comprehending and sustaining the contemporary labor mobilization in the U.S., the largest labor mobilization since the 1930s. The mobilization is occurring throughout the U.S. economy, including in the logistics, tech, retail, hospitality, automotive, healthcare, civil society, arts, and education sectors. The essays, written by a diverse group of social scientists, focus on the themes of “history,” “intersectionality,” “worker agency,” and “hierarchy” and continue the post-World War II transition of the field from a union-centered toward a worker-centered labor sociology. The symposium essays are written in dialogue with the June 2022 report on U.S. labor organizing issued by the Worker Empowerment Research Network, a new network of labor market researchers associated with the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cornell, Rutgers, and Columbia Universities, and other universities and colleges. The symposium issue can be accessed from the “OnlineFirst” section of the Work and Occupations website.
After careful consideration and consultation, the CBSM workshop committee has decided to postpone the pre-ASA meeting CBSM workshop to 2022 in Los Angeles. The theme will be A Justice Agenda and the committee looks forward to facilitating a diverse, inclusive and productive meeting.