Bob Bussel, Labor Education and Research Center

Bob Bussell, Director of the Labor Education Research Center and Associate Professor of History

Bob Bussel

Practice Areas: Labor Unions, Income Inequality, Immigration, Work, Working Families

Bob Bussel is an academic expert in labor unions and related politics, especially income inequality, immigrant workers, and topics related to paid sick leave, the work-family divide, labor standards, and labor relations. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center. Some of his more recent work takes a comprehensive look at the history of immigration of Oregon. Bob also teaches a sports history class. His book, "Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship," was published in fall 2015. 

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Recent Media:
Pandemic sparks unionization jolt across Georgia (Atlanta Civic Circle, July 21, 2022)
State of the Union (Eugene Weekly, June 20, 2022)
Smith’s, union extend talks as deadline looms (Albuquerque Journal, Jan. 27, 2022)
Beaverton schools needed bilingual tech support. A Spanish-speaking bus driver stepped up (The Oregonian, June 12, 2021)
Labor of love: Unions are keeping essential workers safe during the pandemic so they can help rebuild the economy when it’s over. (USA Today, Nov. 11, 2020)
Detroit, a Hallowed Ground for Auto Workers Finally Gets Its Due (Bloomberg CityLab, Oct. 26, 2020)
Coronavirus, underlying issues drive fruit packing house workers to strike (Yakima Herald-Republic, May 24, 2020)
Documentary film on the home care revolution sets Salem premiere (Around the O, Jan. 18, 2019)
Oregon and migration, constant companions (Jefferson Public Radio, Nov. 15, 2016)
Few problems so far with new sick-leave law (The Bulletin, Jan. 15, 2016)
How did 2 Teamsters leaders shape St. Louis with ‘total persons’ movement? (St. Louis Public Radio, Dec. 21, 2015)
How Bend businesses become best places to work (The Bulletin, Dec. 6, 2015)
Labor’s rank and file still believe in collective bargaining’s power to bolster middle class (The Conversation, Nov. 6, 2015)
Rebirth of progressivism may breathe new life in labor unions (The Conversation, April 17, 2015)
University of Oregon labor historian sees drawbacks, benefits in Obama’s immigration plans (The Oregonian, Dec. 24, 2014)