University of Wisconsin–Madison

Don Taylor

Professor

don.taylor@wisc.edu

608-262-9849

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BA in History, MA in Political Science, Professional Trainer and Change Leadership certifications. Before joining the faculty, Don worked as an organizer, representative, negotiator, business agent, communications director, and education director for unions such as the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE), the hotel workers union (HERE), and the Service Employees’ international Union (SEIU). He has also taught labor and employment relations at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University, and has served as a shop steward and local union president. He has extensive experience in union leadership development, internal organizing, strategic planning, and building organizational capacity, as well as in online education. He is a nationally recognized expert on the constitutional rights of public employees, and developed the website garrityrights.org.

Publications

Manzo, F., Childers, M., Taylor, D., Bruno, R., and Manzo, J. The State of the Unions 2018: A Profile of Unionization in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and in America. St. Paul, Minnesota: Midwest Economic Policy Institute, September 2018.

Manzo, F., Taylor, D., Childers, M., Bruno, R., and Manzo, J. The State of the Unions 2017: A Profile of Unionization in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and in America. St. Paul, Minnesota: Midwest Economic Policy Institute, August 28, 2017.

“Wisconsin and the New Urgency of Old Ideas.” Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4 (December 2016): 395-397.

Manzo, F., Taylor, D., Childers, M., Bruno, R., and Manzo, J. The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and in America. St. Paul, Minnesota: Midwest Economic Policy Institute, July 25, 2016.

“Can Renewal Emerge from Destruction? Crisis and Opportunity in Wisconsin.” Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4 (December 2015): 396-418.

“Kindergarten Economics.” Daily Kos, September 10, 2011.

“Does Austerity Cause Public Urination?” Daily Kos, Aug. 12, 2011

Garrity Rights website, www.garrityrights.org, 2011.

Lund, J. and Taylor, D. “Why Don’t More Members Attend Union Meetings?” Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4 (December 2010): 566-572.

“Stewards Training: Use Case Studies to Build Hands-On Skills.” Labor Notes Troublemaker’s Blog, January 6, 2010.

“Between the Rock and the Whirlpool: Compelled Statements by Public Employees.” Labor Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Fall 2009): 148-165.