Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. His research includes labor union organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and economic development, globalization and workers’ rights, American political development, community organizing and social movements, economic elites’ political influence, and social science methodology. Warren taught at University of Chicago and Columbia University for over a decade, and has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, UNITE-HERE, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union, Steelworkers, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice, among others. He currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, the Model Alliance and the Discount Foundation. In addition, he has also testified before government entities including the Chicago and New York City Councils, and the National Labor Relations Board.
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Examines relationship between Perestroika movement and the study of race and ethnicity within the political science discipline.
Argues that, in order to understand racial and economic inequality among black Americans, we must acknowledge the racial rules that undergird our economy and society. Those rules--laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices--are the driving force behind hte patently unequal life chances and opportunities for too many individuals. Examines the racial rules across six different dimensions: income, wealth, education, criminal justice, health, and democratic participation.
Provides a blueprint for how a strong government can combat economic inequality by creating more and better jobs, increasing wages, and dismantling structural gender and racial biases in the workplace.
Examines the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills Pre-Apprenticeship Program as an example of an innovative, successful workforce development model that has succeeded in placing minority youth in middle-class careers in the construction industry in New York City.
Shows that despite the National Labor Relations Board's continued advocacy for reducing the time period between the filing of a petition to form a union and union certification elections, there have been virtually no elections in the first 20 days after a petition is filed, while in the past two years there has been a slight increase in the number of elections held within 21 to 30 days of the petition. The study demonstrates the relationship between the petition date, election date and when the most serious employer opposition and intimidation occurs and concludes that the NLRB should streamline the certification process to reduce the number of days between petition and election.
Discusses the failure of labor reform in the early Obama administration, and highlights said failures' political effects.
Argues that it is impossible to understand the current political situation confronting the Obama administration without an account of the underlying sources of labor weakness in the U.S.
Elucidates key employment-related features of Community Benefits Agreements (legally binding agreements between a private developer and a coalition of community-based organizations in which community members pledge support for a development in return for benefits such as living wage jobs, local hiring, and affordable housing), and argues that the strongest Community Benefits Agreements result from organizing campaigns which utilize a range of political tactics including the dissensus organizing power of labor-community coalitions.
Collects essays that study the politics of race historically, institutionally, and discursively, and resituates race in American politics as an issue for sustained and broadened critical attention.
Makes the case that solidarity can, and must, be built among an ever-diversifying labor movement, nation, and world - the labor movement's very survival depends on it.