Workers who unionize are choosing to stay and improve a company instead of walking away at a time when job opportunities are plentiful, says Pam Egan, director of the labor management program at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley. In a tight labor market, that’s no small benefit to employers.
Director, Labor-Management Partnerships Program
Area of Expertise
Workforce development and worker-centered training
Pam Egan (she/her) directs the Labor-Management Partnerships Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, documenting, developing, and sharing strategies that leverage worker wisdom and shared power in the workplace to build a more just economy.
Through the High-Road Training Partnerships Project, she helps the California Workforce Development Board build an infrastructure and community of high-road workforce development programs and practitioners advancing economic equity; climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience; and job quality. She learned her craft working with union members and labor movement workforce strategists at the Montana State AFL-CIO, the National AFL-CIO’s Working for America Institute, and the Nevada State AFL-CIO, as well as through her work with the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (the flagship service sector partnership between UNITE-HERE Locals 226 and 165 and their contributing employers) and its sister nonprofit, Nevada Partners.
Pam is a past member of four local unions, and is currently a member of UAW Local 5810, the Union of Postdocs and Academic Researchers. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Your state might also have “high-road training partnerships” between high-quality employers in a particular job market and workforce education and training programs, Egan says.
When considering your options, you’ll want to ask yourself whether the job exists in the area where you need to be, want to be or can be, says Pamela Egan, director of the Labor Management-Partnerships Program for the University of California, Berkeley Labor Center.