Fiorito is the department chair and the J. Frank Dame Professor of Management. His research interests include labor and industrial relations with an emphasis on attitudes toward unions and employers, unions as organizations and human resource policies. Some of Fiorito’s recent work includes “The State of the Unions in the United States” and “Change to Win: Can Structural Reform Revitalize the American Labor Movement?”
Proffitt’s expertise lies within political economy of media, democratic communications and broadcast regulation and history. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Mass Media Ethics and more.
“Labor Day is more than just a day off of work and sales at the mall; rather, it is a celebration of the women and men of the U.S. Labor Movement. It is a day that commemorates the workers who struggled, suffered, and even gave their lives for so many of the things we often take for granted, such as children in schools instead of factories or mines, the 40-hour work week and basic health and safety standards, just to name a few. It is a day to remember the countless benefits organized labor fought so long and hard to obtain and continues to advance and protect.”