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Thomas Kochan

Thomas Kochan

Thomas Kochan is currently Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management and teaches and studies Work and Employment Relations at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For the past 40 years I have applied my research by working intensively with leaders in business, labor, and government to update labor and employment policies and practices to catch up with changes in the workforce and the economy. I just published Shaping the Future of Work (Business Educators Press, 2016) that focuses on what workers, employers, government, and educators can do to meet the needs and aspirations of the "Next Generation" workforce.

I also teach a MIT "MOOC" on line course that addresses these issues. Information about the course can be found at: https://www.edx.org/course/american-dream-next-generation-mitx-15-662x#.VNuR5bDF9IU

Here's how workers would spend the corporate tax cut – if they had a voice

Jan 30, 2018 12:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Over 200 CEOs have said they will raise wages or give bonuses as a result of the large corporate income tax cut passed late last year by Congress. Some view their plans as simply a public relations move, others as a...

US Election Series

Election rage shows why America needs a new social contract to ensure the economy works for all

Nov 17, 2016 23:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The recent U.S. election exposed two major intersecting fault lines in America that, if left unchecked, could soon produce an era of social and economic upheaval unlike any in our history. First, it revealed deep...

It's time we reinvented labor for the 21st century

Sep 03, 2016 10:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

On Labor Day, politicians have traditionally paid lip service to the plight of the worker, whom the national holiday is meant to honor. With working-class struggles taking center stage in this years election, we will...

How to transform workers' campaign rage into better jobs and wages

Mar 25, 2016 02:12 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

The presidential campaigns deserve some credit for finally voicing some of the deep frustrations and anger felt by American workers who have lived for decades in an economy that works for those at the top but not for them...

How do we ensure the next generation of workers isn't worse off than the last?

Jan 14, 2016 04:09 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Discussions about the future of work are clearly in the air. This week, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is convening a three-day symposium on the issue. Simultaneously, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion about...

Attack on unions shows why we need a new social contract governing work

Jan 14, 2016 04:06 am UTC| Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case this week that may deal a significant blow to labor unions and shows why its vital, to my mind, to come up with a new social contract governing work. The case involves ten California...

Outlook for 2016: middle-class woes, hopeful on wages, the fear factor

Jan 04, 2016 13:35 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Editors note: We asked a few of our regular writers to weigh in on what will (or should) be the key economic themes and issues of 2016 or offer their predictions. Topping the list are the worsening plight of the middle...

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Economy

Hertz paying $168M to settle theft, false arrest lawsuits

Hertz is resolving its false arrest and theft lawsuits by paying $168 million. The settlement will cover all 364 claims related to the false reporting of rental cars being stolen and wrongful arrests resulting from the...

올해 대미 '김치' 수출액 2700만 달러...사상 최대치 기록

원본 기사 : Kimchi US exports hit a record high this year as the popularity of K-food spikes 한국 전통 발표식품인 김치에 대한 세계적인 관심이 높아지면서 미국 등 해외 시장에 대한 수출도 급증하고 있다. 지난 5일...

Jollibee to sell stake in Vietnam’s Highlands Coffee for $800 million

Jollibee Foods Corp is negotiating to sell 10 percent to 15 percent of its stake in its Vietnamese coffee chain, Highlands Coffee, for around $800 million. If successful, the stake sale could eventually pave the way for...

Diageo India partners with Source Global to conserve groundwater, reduce carbon emissions

Diageo India will leverage Source Hydropanel technology, which uses the sun to draw pure water vapor out of the air, to produce water for its single malt whisky brand Godawan. Renewable water technology company Source...

Nike permanently ditches Kyrie Irving as it cut ties over antisemitic comments

Nike Inc. announced on Monday, Dec. 5, it has finally made the decision to sever its ties with the 30-year-old National Basketball Association player Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. This means his contract with the...

Politics

UK: Labour wins vote demanding government release COVID-19 contracts

The British opposition Labour Party secured a vote to demand the government to release documents of COVID-19 contracts given to a firm with a connection to a Conservative member of the Upper House. The vote was secured...

Russia-Ukraine war: Drone strike hits Russian airfield

A drone strike hit another Russian airbase this week following reports of Ukraines capability to penetrate Russian airspace. The reports followed an attack on two previous Russian airbases. A drone strike hit what would...

US: Supreme Court considers potentially limiting judicial scrutiny over election-related cases

The Conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an appeal that could limit the judiciary of a state to scrutinize elections. The high court could potentially grant politicians more...

Myanmar coup: Relatives of Myanmar students sentenced to death ask for help

The Myanmar junta has continued to crack down on opponents and critics as they continue their rule over the country since overthrowing the elected government last year. Relatives of seven students who were sentenced to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ multiplayer: CD Projekt Red confirms it was shelved due to the game’s tumultuous launch

CD Projekt Red said years ago that Cyberpunk 2077 would have online multiplayer gameplay, which later became a planned standalone title. However, the developer has now confirmed it had to drastically change its plans...

‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’ release date is leaked on Steam, hinting at an early 2023 launch

Video game fans looking forward to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor may not have to wait for EA and Respawn Entertainments announcement for a release date. Details about the games launch appeared to have been leaked by quite a...

Apple AR/VR headset release date: Analyst says mass shipments could be delayed to the second half of 2023

Apple is expected to enter the AR and VR space by next year with its first mixed-reality headset. While previous reports claimed it could be announced in early 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his predictions to suggest...

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...
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