Don Taylor joined the faculty of the School for Workers in April 2008. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the labor movement, serving in a number of roles for several unions in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, he served as a field representative, Communications Director, and Education Coordinator for SEIU Local 1984, the state employees’ union in his home state of New Hampshire. Previously, Don worked in Boston as a business agent and trainer for the hotel workers’ union UNITE HERE, and in Iowa as an organizer, representative, and negotiator for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE).
In addition to his work in the labor movement, he has taught courses in collective bargaining and human resource management at the University of New Hampshire, and online labor studies classes for Indiana University.
Don has extensive experience in organizing, membership mobilization, union leadership development, strategic campaign planning, and collective bargaining. He teaches these subjects, as well as contract campaign development, steward training, local union revitalization, labor law, and economics/globalization. He has a strong interest in the study of adult education and uses a popular education approach inspired by Brazilian adult educator Paulo Freire and Tennessee’s Highlander Folk School.
He developed a web site devoted to the constitutional rights of public employees, Garrity Rights, and has written about the topic for Labor Law Journal. His articles have also appeared in Labor Studies Journal and on the Labor Notes Troublemaker’s Blog.
He earned his Master of Arts in political science from the University of New Hampshire with specializations in political economy and international relations. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire, majoring in history, with minors in education and political science.
Don is a member of the executive board of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE), and serves on the steering committee of the Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is member the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and holds a Professional Trainer certification from the organization’s New Hampshire chapter. He is also a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM).
B.A., History, University of New Hampshire M.A., Political Science, University of New Hampshire
Taylor, Don. Rev. of Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America, by Joe Burns. Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 37 No. 4, December 2012.
Taylor, Don. “Kindergarten Economics.” Daily Kos blog, September 10, 2011.
Taylor, Don. “Does Austerity Cause Public Urination?” Daily Kos blog, Aug. 12, 2011.
Taylor, Don. www.garrityrights.org. Web site resource for public employee Garrity Rights.
Taylor, Don, and John Lund. “Why Don’t More Members Attend Union Meetings?” Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2010.
Taylor, Don. “Stewards Training: Use Case Studies to Build Hands-On Skills.” Labor Notes Troublemaker’s Blog, January 6, 2010.
Taylor, Don. “Between the Rock and the Whirlpool: Compelled Statements by Public Employees.” Labor Law Journal, Vol. 60, No. 3, Fall 2009.
Taylor, Don. Rev. of Global Unions: Challenging Transnational Capital Through Cross-Border Campaigns, ed. by Kate Bronfenbrenner. Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2009.