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Michael Childers

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Expert specializing in labor unions, collective bargaining, production standards, and labor/management relations in union environments.

Professor, Department of Labor Education Division of Continuing Studies Wisconsin School of Business Work: 608-262-9839 Home page


  • The processes of union organizing, collective bargaining, and strikes and lockouts
  • Role of unions, how they operate, and their impact on society
  • Job evaluation, work standards, and employee monitoring systems and how these are bargained in union settings
  • Union governance and engagement on societal topics like Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Black Lives Matter, etc.


  • Author of numerous reports and publications including co-author of "The State of the Unions in Wisconsin" report
  • Fellow in UW-Madison Teaching Academy and UW System Wisconsin Teaching Scholar - professors who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership
  • Secretary of UW-Madison chapter American Association of University Professors (AAUP) promoting academic excellence by advocating for tenure, academic freedom, due process, and shared governance
  • Serve as Labor/Management facilitator and subject matter expert including providing expert analysis and testimony.