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US auto workers strike: IU experts available to comment

Supporters and workers cheer as United Auto Workers members go on strike

Thousands of auto workers went on strike Friday after leaders couldn’t bridge a gap between union demands in contract talks and what Detroit’s three automakers are willing to pay.

Members of the United Auto Workers union began picketing at factories in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio. President Biden dispatched aides to Detroit to help resolve the strike, which, if it continues, could impact vehicle prices and strain the economy.

Indiana University experts are available to comment on the situation, the history of labor unions and movements, as well as the economic and supply chain impacts. 

For more information, contact Teresa Mackin at tmackin@iu.edu or 317-274-5432, or Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

 

R. Andrew Butters
IU Bloomington

R. Andrew Butters

Kelley School of Business

R. Andrew Butters is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Kelley, he was an associate economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Expertise

Industrial organization, applied econometrics, productivity, market integration.

Elizabeth Clayton
IU Kokomo

Elizabeth Clayton

School of Business

Clayton can comment on how the orientation of leader-employee motivations are predictors in the ability to find win-win or win-lose solutions. She can also discuss how fairness perceptions regarding the distribution of resources, interpersonal treatment, and policies and procedures influence workplace dynamics.

Expertise

Motivations in the workplace, interpersonal workplace dynamics, leader-employee relationship quality, team dynamics, and workplace outcomes of focus: stress, burnout, job satisfaction, well-being, and employee productivity and efficiency.

Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
IU Bloomington

Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt

Maurer School of Law

Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on the subjects of labor and employment law and the economic analysis of legal problems. His innovative teaching methods using classroom simulations have been widely featured in publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Sun-Times and National Jurist.

Expertise

Labor law, including unions, collective bargaining, NLRB processes and public sector unions; employment law, including employment contracts, Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage law), OSHA (safety), workers compensation, unemployment compensation, ERISA (pensions); and the legal profession, including income, job satisfaction, hours worked, gender.

Isaac Hacamo
IU Bloomington

Isaac Hacamo

Kelley School of Business

A faculty member at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business since 2014, Isaac Hacamo is an associate professor of finance and directs the Access to Finance Lab at Kelley. He studies related issues in labor, household finance and entrepreneurship.

Expertise

Labor and finance, housing/urban economics, entrepreneurship, household finance, corporate finance.

Carol Rogers
IUPUI

Carol Rogers

Kelley School of Business

Carol Rogers is co-director and CIO of the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU Kelley School of Business. She is available to discuss the economic impact of the auto workers strike.

Expertise

Population, demographics, census, Indiana economy.

Marquita Walker
IUPUI

Marquita Walker

School of Social Work, Department of Labor Studies

Marquita Walker is the interim chair and associate professor of labor studies at the IU School of Social Work. Most of her research explores a theoretical approach and practical application to the (re)entry of workers into the workforce and the protection of workers’ rights.

Expertise

Workers’ education and (re)entry into the workforce, labor-management relationships, the protection of workers’ rights in global supply chains, indirect bias as a barrier to women’s entry into apprenticeship programs and the workforce in general.

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