Marc Bayard is an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.  He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities. A frequent speaker and social commentator for a number of institutions and organizations, Marc’s dedication to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide is grounded in his first-hand work and experiences in nearly 50 countries. From 2003 to 2011 he was the Africa Regional Program Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO, and was recently a fellow with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.

Marc holds master’s degrees from Cornell University and Georgetown University and is a highly regarded scholar of labor politics. He is the author of the forthcoming biography Standing Together in Service: William Lucy, Civil Rights and the American Labor Movement (University of Illinois Press).


U.S. Trade Policy Has Failed Black and Latinx Workers

Mainstream narratives on trade suggest white workers from the Midwest suffer most from U.S. trade policies. Evidence shows that’s not true.

Black Labor Leaders Are Needed Now More Than Ever

We’re working to build the leadership and strategists that a diverse labor and worker movement demands today.

Black Immigrant Domestic Workers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Black immigrant domestic workers are at the epicenter of three converging storms—the pandemic, the resulting economic depression, and structural racism.

Black Immigrant Domestic Workers in the Time of COVID-19

Black immigrant domestic workers are at the epicenter of three converging storms—the pandemic, the resulting economic depression, and structural racism.

Report: Pay, Professionalism, and Respect

Black Domestic Workers Continue the Call for Standards in the Care Industry

Detroit’s Revival Can’t Happen Without Women of Color

The story of the city’s revival will be a mythical fable if it is not grounded in uplifting long-term Detroiters and their neighborhoods, in addition to the newcomers the city is attracting.

Report: I Dream Detroit

The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.

Nissan Intimidated Its Workers into Voting “No” on Unionizing

After a failed union vote in Canton, Mississippi, Bayard talks about what went wrong and what can be done to move the labor movement forward.

A Fight for Civil and Labor Rights: Union Vote Looms at Nissan

Workers in a Nissan Auto plant are close to winning one of the largest successes for labor in decades.

Black-led Labor Organizers Discuss Challenges and Tactics of Black Worker Organizing in the Trump Era at State of Black Workers in America Conference

The Institute for Policy Studies held its 3rd State of Black Workers in America Conference at historic Howard University.

IPS to Host 3rd State of Black Workers in America Conference

Day-long conference to feature panels discussing most innovative organizing led by Black workers in the U.S. in the Trump era

How Trump’s Travel Ban Policies Harm Black Immigrants

The administration’s policies toward refugees are bad enough, but people from the diaspora take an equally hard hit.

The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

100 CEOs have as much saved for retirement as 11 million black families, reflecting a broader problem of institutionalized racism in the U.S.

Help Spread the Word: #IDreamDetroit

Thank you for helping us spread the word about the new IPS report “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.”

Are You a Woman of Color Living in Detroit? Take This Survey to Help Rebuild Your City

Now is the time to speak out. From affordable housing to child care, we want to hear your thoughts on how to make Detroit better for all of us.

Engaging Women of Color in Crafting Detroit’s Economic Development Plans

IPS’ new project explores how the economic security of women and families should influence Detroit’s economic development plans

C-SPAN: The Emerging Racial Justice Agenda

The Institute for Policy Studies hosts “The Emerging Racial Justice Agenda,” a brown bag honoring the just-released policy agenda of the Movement for Black Lives.

Working While Black: Demographics and Destiny

As the nation becomes more Black and Brown an economic crisis in wage earnings could be on the horizon.

Game Changers: How We Can Unrig the Rules and Reverse Runaway Inequality

Eight bold solutions, rooted in social movements, that can break through our broken political system.

When Tipping Doesn’t Make the Difference

Women of color in the restaurant industry find themselves dependent on tips to make up for low wages, which is often not enough to survive on