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Show BioHide BioBenjamin Sachs is the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School and a leading expert in the field of labor law and labor relations. Professor Sachs teaches courses in labor law, employment law, and law and social change, and his writing focuses on union organizing and unions in American politics.  Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2008, Professor Sachs was the Joseph Goldstein Fellow at Yale Law School.  From 2002-2006, he served as Assistant General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C.  Professor Sachs graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the New York Times and elsewhere.  Professor Sachs received the Yale Law School teaching award in 2007 and in 2013 received the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School.  He can be reached at bsachs@law.harvard.edu.

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Raynor and Stern on the Future of Unions

Published September 18th, 2013 -

Rich Yeselson’s recent article on “Fortress Unionism” prompted a reply from Bruce Raynor (former president of  UNITE HERE) and Andy Stern (former president of SEIU).  The debate is over the future of the labor movement.  The disagreement could not be more star... More »

Restoring Equity in Right to Work

Published September 16th, 2013 -

Right to Work is very much in the news these days.  Catherine Fisk and I have a new paper on the subject available here.  The abstract is as follows: Under United States labor law, when a majority of employees in a bargaining unit chooses union representation,... More »

A Works Council in Chattanooga

Published September 12th, 2013 -

Steve Greenhouse at the New York Times reports that Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are negotiating a “German-style works council” for VW’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This is an important development for several reasons.  First, among th... More »

Right-to-Work Also Unconstitutional in Tennessee?

Published September 10th, 2013 -

As we noted yesterday, a judge in Indiana has held that the state’s right-to-work law is unconstitutional.  The holding is based on Article I, Section 21 of the Indiana constitution, a provision that reads: “No person’s particular services shall be demanded, w... More »

Judge Finds Indiana Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional

Published September 9th, 2013 -

Judge John Sedia, of the Lake County Superior Court, has held that Indiana’s new right-to-work law violates the state constitution.  Article I, Section 21 of that constitution states that “No person’s particular services shall be demanded, without just compens... More »

AFL-CIO Convention

Published September 9th, 2013 -

Josh Eidelson at The Nation has ongoing and thorough coverage of the AFL-CIO’s convention, taking place now in Los Angeles.  Here’s one argument as to why you should care. More »

Is There A Public-Sector/Private-Sector Pay Gap?

Published September 4th, 2013 -

A major theme in the debate over public-sector unions has been the idea that public-sector workers get paid more than their counterparts in the private sector.  Joe Slater has an important new paper that sheds helpful light on this question.  Slater reviews th... More »

Unbundling the Labor Union

Published September 1st, 2013 -

Here is my Labor Day op-ed, from the New York Times.  A fuller, law-review treatment of the subject will be available in the Yale Law Journal in October.  The abstract to that piece is as follows: Public policy in the United States is disproportionately respon... More »

Worker Centers and the "Labor Organization" Question

Published September 1st, 2013 -

Fifteen years ago, almost no one in the country knew what a “worker center” was.  But in the last several weeks, worker centers have been the focus of a front page story in the Wall Street Journal and an excellent, extensive piece by Steve Greenhouse in the Ne... More »