Raymond Hogler

Professor of Management, Colorado State University
Chapter Member: Colorado SSN
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Hogler has taught and researched labor and employment law for more than three decades. His publications focus on legal policies affecting American workers, particularly laws regulating collective action. Most recently he has written on the topic of right to work laws, which authorize states to prohibit union security agreements in collective bargaining agreements. In 2007, he taught at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Labor Law and did research on comparative employment systems.

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Quoted by Carole Levine in "Supreme Court Case Could Massively Impact Labor," Nonprofit Quarterly, March 5, 2018.
Opinion: "How Noncompete Clauses Clash with U.S. Labor Laws," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, August 23, 2017.
Interviewed in "Why Does the Working Man Believe in Trump?," NewsTalk: The Pat Kenny Show, June 23, 2017.
Opinion: "Yale Grad Students’ Hunger Strike Can’t Turn the Tide for Labor," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, May 22, 2017.
Opinion: "Donald Trump, Working-Class Hero, Trashes Labor Unions," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, December 14, 2016.
Guest on Jefferson Public Radio, December 2, 2016.
Opinion: "Why America’s Labor Unions are about to Die," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, November 29, 2016.
Opinion: "Millions More Voters Legalizing Marijuana Won’t Clear Up Regulatory Haze," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, October 27, 2016.
Opinion: "How Labor’s Decline Opened Door to Billionaire Trump as ‘Savior’ of American Workers," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, August 7, 2016.
Opinion: "How the Decline of the Working Class Explains Trump," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, July 8, 2016.
Quoted by Nick Coltrain in "Specter of Faculty Strikes, Union Raised at CSU," Coloradoan, April 10, 2016.
Opinion: "Supreme Court Justices at Work, Bashing Unions," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, October 13, 2015.
Opinion: "How Do You Like Unions Now, Gov. Walker?," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, October 1, 2015.
Opinion: "Happy Anniversary, Right-to-Work, but It's Time to Go," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, September 7, 2015.
Quoted by Michael Bodley in "Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing through Labor Pains," NBC News, August 18, 2015.
Quoted by David Moberg in "How Unions Can Grow Stronger in the Wake of Right To Work," In these Times, March 17, 2015.
Quoted by Lydia DePillis in "Laws That Decimate Unions May be Inevitable. Here’s How Labor Can Survive.," The Washington Post, March 3, 2015.
Guest on Colorado Public Radio, February 24, 2015.
Guest on KGNU Labor Exchange, February 4, 2013.
Quoted by Stephanie Simon in "Democrats’ Colorado Dilemmas," Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2008.
Opinion: "Fixing Labor Laws in Colorado," Raymond Hogler, Denver Post, September 28, 2007.
Research discussed by Nicole Pasulka, in "Right-to-Work Laws, Explained," Mother Jones, March 2012.


"Killing Unions with Culture: Institutions, Inequality, and the Effects of Labor’s Decline in the United States" (with Herbert Hunt and Stephan Weiler). Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal (2015).
Uses a state-level quantitative approach to analyze factors affecting union density. We find that trust is the most important determinant of membership and that trust is shaped by culture.
"The Persistent Effects of Slavery in the United States: Culture, Legal Policy, and the Decline of American Labor Unions" Labor and Employment Relations Association 2014 Research Volume (2015).
Enumerates slavery’s profound consequences for American culture. Those consequences continue to play a role in our views of collective action in the United States and impact union organizing efforts.
"The End of American Unions: The Right-to-Work Movement and the Erosion of Collective Bargaining" (Praeger, 2015).
Argues that the decline in union membership and bargaining power is linked to rising income inequality while tracing the evolution of labor law in America from the first labor-law case in 1806 through the passage of right-to-work legislation in Michigan and Indiana in 2012.
"The Historical Misconception of Right to Work Laws in the U.S.: Senator Robert Wagner, Legal Policy, and the Decline of American Unions" Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal 23 (2005): 101-152.

Examines the legal policies regulating union security from the beginnings of federal labor law through the enactment of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935.

"Employment Relations in the United States: Law, Policy, and Practice" (Sage, 2004).
Surveys American employment relations from a historical perspective. It discusses civil rights laws, collective bargaining, and the role of unions in workplace organization.