Workforce and Labor at Emory

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Welcome to Emory’s workforce-labor page, an internal and external source of information that includes the Administration’s positions on several ongoing campus labor issues.

Recent Updates

Letter to the Editor: Emory More Than Willing To Work With Arrested Students >>

Campus conversation continues around labor issues, balancing dissent and community >>

University Senate focuses on labor issues, next steps >>

Committee on Class and Labor

In February 2011, Provost Earl Lewis and Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, appointed a committee to look at the issues of class and status at Emory.

The Committee on Class and Labor is co-chaired by Nadine Kaslow, School of Medicine professor, chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, and past-president of the University Senate, and by Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president.


Councils discuss diversity changes, climate plan update, faculty grievance office >>


President Jim Wagner provided an update to the Emory community following the student arrests of April 25, 2011. Concerned faculty and the Committee on Class and Labor asked for an update from President Wagner and he provided one in a community forum on May 11, 2011.

Letter to the Editor: Emory More Than Willing To Work With Arrested Students >>

President Wagner's update following the student arrests (PDF) >>

Open letter from concerned faculty >>

Emory Report story on community forum >>

Sodexo at Emory

Sodexo is Emory University’s food service provider. Up until September 15, 2011, Sodexo was targeted for labor organization nationwide by union organizers with Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

According to Sodexo, SEIU was funding another group, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), so that USAS could mobilize university students and others against Sodexo, disrupt operations with Sodexo’s university clients including Emory, and pressure them to facilitate easier union organization by means other than the standard secret ballot election process.


Dissent, Protest and Community at Emory

Following the April 2011 arrests of seven students for trespass on the Quad, including four Emory students, President Wagner asked law professor Frank S. Alexander to chair a task force to study how to balance dissent and protest with academic freedom within an academic community.

This task force includes professors Thee Smith, Bobbi Patterson and Rudolph Byrd.  It will expand its membership in the fall semester 2011 and is expected to recommend guidelines for the University.  

University Governance Roundup: Councils discuss dissent on campus and open access to research >>

New task force to examine dissent and community >>