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Rebuilding Labor Law from a Clean Slate

Published April 18th, 2018 -

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing more about a project that Sharon and I are launching at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law.” With support from the Ford Foundation and joined by a wide array of participants, our goal is to develop a policy agenda that rebuilds American labor law from a clean slate.  We are now looking to hi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2018

Published April 18th, 2018 -

Arizona teachers began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday afternoon.  While Republican Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to a 20% pay raise for teachers by 2020, many teachers have criticized the plan for not including pay raises for support staff and for failing to address cuts to education funding over the past several years.  The vote will last for three days, with the majority of the voting e... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2018

Published April 16th, 2018 -

Teachers’ union leaders in Oklahoma have ended their nine-day teachers’ strike which began on April 2nd.  In anticipation of the strike, state lawmakers had passed a $6,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers, the largest in the state’s history.  In addition to pay raises, the teachers also called for increased funding for their classrooms, and over the course of the strike, thousands of teachers and ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2018

Published April 15th, 2018 -

On April 11, Senate Republicans confirmed management-side attorney John Ring for the only vacant seat on the NLRB in a 50-48 party-line vote.  On Friday, President Trump indicated he would elevate Ring to Board Chairman, demoting current Chairman and fellow Trump appointee Marvin Kaplan to regular membership.  Kaplan only became More »

Rethinking Wage Theft Criminalization

Published April 13th, 2018 -

“Wage theft” is an evocative turn of phrase, but how literally should we take it?  Used to refer to employers underpaying workers or denying them compensation to which they are entitled, the phrase increasingly crops up in conversations about work law and policy. Scholars, activists, and politicians have leveraged its powerful rhetorical force: theft is a crime and thus invokes issues of moral ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2018

Published April 13th, 2018 -

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that is aimed at protecting public workers’ rights in advance of the Supreme Court’s potentially adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  The new law allows unions to deny full benefits to workers that opt out and makes it easier for unions to receive dues.  “Too often, and at the hands of this federal administration, we are seeing ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 12, 2018

Published April 12th, 2018 -

NPR reports that journalists from The Chicago Tribune are preparing to organize. The paper has, for decades, been an outspoken opponent of unionizing efforts. Journalists cited decreased job security after two rounds of layoffs in the past six months; irregular and scant raises; rising health care costs; and a desire for more generous family leave conditions as primary reasons behind the organizin... More »

Pay Equity in Massachusetts

Published April 10th, 2018 -

Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the current year the average woman has to work to earn as much as her male colleagues in the prior year. Thanks to persistent gender wage gaps and gender discrimination, women in Massachusetts still only make about 84 cents for every dollar made by men. More »

Rebuilding Labor Law from a Clean Slate

Published April 18th, 2018

Judge Stephen Reinhardt Dies at 87

Published March 30th, 2018

The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand

Published February 21st, 2018

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