Hogler

Raymond Hogler

Professor of Management, Colorado State University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Jobs & Workers
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

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About Raymond

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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Publications

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.
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.
"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.
"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.

In the News

Raymond Hogler quoted in Carole Levine, "Supreme Court Case Could Massively Impact Labor" Nonprofit Quarterly, March 5, 2018.
"The Supreme Court May Deliver Soon a Crippling Blow to America’s Unions," Raymond Hogler, Sky Valley Chronicle, March 3, 2018.
"How Noncompete Clauses Clash with U.S. Labor Laws," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, August 23, 2017.
Interview on American workers' faith in President TrumpRaymond Hogler, NewsTalk: The Pat Kenny Show, June 23, 2017.
"Yale Grad Students’ Hunger Strike Can’t Turn the Tide for Labor," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, May 22, 2017.
"Donald Trump, Working-Class Hero, Trashes Labor Unions," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, December 14, 2016.
Guest to discuss the decline of unions on Jefferson Public Radio, Raymond Hogler, December 2, 2016.
"Why America’s Labor Unions are about to Die," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, November 29, 2016.
"Millions More Voters Legalizing Marijuana Won’t Clear Up Regulatory Haze," Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, October 27, 2016.
"How the Decline of the Working Class Explains Trump," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, July 8, 2016.
Raymond Hogler quoted on the impact of strikes at Colorado State University in Nick Coltrain, "Specter of Faculty Strikes, Union Raised at CSU" Coloradoan, April 10, 2016.
"Supreme Court Justices at Work, Bashing Unions," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, October 13, 2015.
"How Do You Like Unions Now, Gov. Walker?," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, October 1, 2015.
"Happy Anniversary, Right-to-Work, but It's Time to Go," Raymond Hogler, The Hill, September 7, 2015.
Raymond Hogler quoted on marijuana labor demands in Michael Bodley, "Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing through Labor Pains" NBC News, August 18, 2015.
Raymond Hogler quoted on how labor defeated right-to-work in Colorado in Rand Wilson, "Unions Can’t Beat Right-to-Work Just by Calling It ‘Unfair’ - They Must Fight for Everyone" In These Times, March 18, 2015.
Guest to discuss how union decline has contributed to growing income inequality in the U.S. on Colorado Public Radio, Raymond Hogler, February 24, 2015.
Raymond Hogler quoted on right-to-work laws as the primary cause of union decline in Lydia DePillis, "Laws That Decimate Unions May be Inevitable. Here’s How Labor Can Survive." The Washington Post, March 3, 2015.
Raymond Hogler quoted on the history of right-to-work laws in David Moberg, "How Unions Can Grow Stronger in the Wake of Right To Work" In these Times, March 17, 2015.
"Fixing Labor Laws in Colorado," Raymond Hogler, Denver Post, September 28, 2007.
Raymond Hogler quoted on labor unions in Stephanie Simon, "Democrats’ Colorado Dilemmas" Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2008.
Raymond Hogler's research on right to work discussed in Nicole PasulkaRaymond Hogler, "Right-to-Work Laws, Explained," Mother Jones, March 2012.
Guest to discuss issues facing American unions on KGNU Labor Exchange, Raymond Hogler, February 4, 2013.