Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Est. 2014

methodical, rational, & innovative research


Abstracts & Excerpts

"Resident Assistants and Union Representation: Critiquing the Workplace Power Balance between UMass and their Students" 


Resident assistants (RAs) at UMass Amherst achieved union recognition to collectively bargain with their employer in March 2002; they are the first union for undergraduate employees in the United States. Unionization has brought RAs more rights in the workplace; but a close analysis of the relationship between both parties illustrates that the balance of power in the workplace has been greatly altered due to union recognition. This is most evident by the changing of the process or "rules to the game" for becoming a resident assistant. In addition, unionization stabilized the work and labor process of the position throughout the university for RAs, but there is a lack of student empowerment and worker solidarity in the workplace. (Submitted: December 2011)

"Analyzing the Consumer Variable in Integrative Bargaining"


This is an exploratory research paper on integrative bargaining and it looks at how this negotiation tactic can be beneficial to parties involved in professional sports entertainment, while focusing on the consumer variable as an impetus to reach a win-win labor agreement... Integrative bargaining is a useful negotiation tool for the professional sports industry to consider employing when at the table; especially the NFL, which has experienced the most labor-management unrest. Integrative bargaining avoids using positions to negotiate and focuses instead on each party's interests. There are some drawbacks to the win-win approach, but when used and exercised appropriately it's more likely to produce a satisfactory contact based off equality in power, foreseeing to each party's interests, in a non-deceitful atmosphere when bargaining is being conducted. The NFL "to this day, it remains the weakest of the professional sports unions," (Kovach & Meserole, 1997) and this seem to still be the case, recently exemplified by the recent 2011 labor dispute. (Submitted: December 2011)

"One-on-One with Richard Branningan Highlights Committee's Impact"

Since the Act was adopted on Nantucket the Community Preservation Committee, with town voters' approval, have awarded nearly $35 million dollars in grants to local projects within the purview of the Act. "When you look at the entirety of the CPC on Nantucket (nearly 13 - 14 years) and you realize it's getting close to $35 million, that's a lot of money... for a small investment from the tax payer. A lot has been accomplished," Brannigan shared. "You can ask yourself the question, without the CPC where would the money come from to achieve all that the CPC has accomplished?" he continued. (Published: September 2014)

"Renovation & Restoration of The Homestead of Nantucket"


The Homestead of Nantucket opened its doors for business in July 1930 and has been offering the same service to Nantucket's elderly community since then. The organization serves as "another alternative for housing to people over the age of 65… It's a wonderful little niche that we have for our senior citizens. Our mission is to provide the seniors of Nantucket, or anywhere really, with another alternative for housing. It's really sort of a unique situation that we find ourselves in here, offering individual rooms to people over the age of 65 who feel like they maybe need to simplify their lives a little bit." The Homestead of Nantucket was founded in 1919 originally as "The Old People's Association" with the mission to provide a residence and care for the older people living on the island. (Published: February 2016)

Current Projects

"Providing U.S. Bank Accounts to Immigrants Workers: An Initiative to Improve Remittance System to Latin America"

"Signs & Symbols of Nantucket's Historic Black Community"

"A Community Built at the Altar: An Analysis on the Genesis of New Guinea, Nantucket"

"Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone: How Machines & Technology Deskilled the Workforce"

"The Art of Vacationing: Tourism and Nantucket's Economy"