Todd E. Vachon

About Todd


Todd E. Vachon is a union carpenter turned educator, faculty member in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Director of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) at Rutgers University.

As the Director of LEARN, Todd oversees the University’s labor education programs, including classes, research, and workshops for workers, unions, and other justice-focused organizations. His research, which has been published in a variety of academic and popular outlets, focuses on inequality, labor, climate change, and justice—all topics he cares about deeply. His first book book, co-edited with Tobias Schulze-Cleven and which puts forth a labor studies perspective on the future of work is titled Revaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future (Cornell Univ. Press 2021). His latest book book, titled Clean Air and Good Jobs: U.S. Labor and the Struggle for Climate Justice (Temple University Press 2023), focuses on the American labor-climate movement.

Todd currently serves on the executive council of the Rutgers faculty union, AAUP-AFT, where he also chairs the union climate justice committee. He is also Vice President for Higher Education of AFTNJ and Vice President of the Middlesex Somerset Central Labor Council.