A Third of Your Life

A Third of Your Life

You spend a third of your life at work. We’re all about making it better. The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations explores the tech, trends, and controversies that are reshaping the American workplace. Hosted by Steve Flamisch.


October 19, 2023 42 mins

Writers Guild of America, East President Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, a 1992 Rutgers alumna, takes you behind the scenes of the strike that shut down film and television productions and led to a historic new contract. Susan Schurman, Distinguished Professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, leads the discussion.

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How do we stop climate change without hurting the workers and communities who rely on fossil fuel jobs? Todd Vachon, assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, shows the way in his book, “Clean Air and Good Jobs.” Les Leopold, J. Mijin Cha, and Dimitris Stevis join the discussion.

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March 29, 2023 23 mins

A new report by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work reveals many of New Jersey’s Latina immigrants are struggling with low wages, non-existent benefits, no childcare, and no time off. Lead author Glenda Gracia-Rivera shares gripping stories and reveals how the Hispanic Women’s Resource Centers are helping.

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February 22, 2023 60 mins

Nannie Helen Burroughs was a visionary Black educator, labor leader, and suffragist who founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in 1909. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, associate professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, wants to make her a household name.

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January 25, 2023 52 mins

William Lucy co-created the iconic slogan that rallied Black workers during the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968, and he became a leading figure in the civil rights movement and the labor movement. Francis Ryan, a labor historian in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, talks to Lucy about his career.

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December 27, 2022 35 mins

Our co-workers can make or break how we feel and what we accomplish on the job. Friends, enemies, two-faced frenemies, even small talk can affect us in surprising ways. Jessica Methot, associate professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, untangles the complex web of workplace relationships.

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November 21, 2022 23 mins

Do you have that odd feeling of being watched? The latest employee monitoring software tracks emails, keystrokes, and mouse clicks. It can even take webcam photos to see if you’re working. Michael Sturman, professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, discusses why more bosses are using it.

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October 6, 2022 18 mins

Workers delivered historic union victories at Amazon, Apple, Chipotle, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s. What’s next? Walmart? Another Striketober? And how will the midterms change things? Rebecca Kolins Givan, associate professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, analyzes the resurgent labor movement.

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