Robert Bruno is a Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Director of the Labor Education Program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also Director of the School’s Project for Middle Class Renewal. He is the author of Steelworker Alley: How Class Works in Youngstown, also from Cornell, Justified by Work: Identity and the Meaning of Faith in Chicago’s Working-Class Churches, and Reforming the Chicago Teamsters: The Local 705 Story.
A Fight for the Soul of Public Education
The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike
Using interviews, first-person accounts, participant observation, union documents, and media reports, Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno tell the story of the 2012 strike that shut down the Chicago school system for seven...
How Class Works in Youngstown
For retired steelworkers in Youngstown, Ohio, the label "working class" fits comfortably. Questioning the widely held view that laborers in postwar America have adopted middle-class values, Robert Bruno shows that in this community a blue-collar...