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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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Are Worker Centers "Front Groups" for Unions?

Published August 21st, 2013 -

Stephen Lee at Bloomberg Law has more on the battle over worker centers and whether they qualify as “labor organizations” within the meaning of the LMRDA or the NLRA.  I’ve written about the underlying question here.  A somewhat distinct and newer theme emergi... More »

Fast-Food Strikes and the Minimum Wage

Published August 9th, 2013 -

Sam linked to Jared Bernstein’s Economix piece today on the fast-food strikes and the feasibility of minimum wage hikes.  Those interested in this debate should also take a look at Megan McArdle’s review of the issue at BloombergView. More »

Equal Treatment: Union and Corporate Politics

Published August 8th, 2013 -

In an opinion piece yesterday, the Wall Street Journal attacks a proposal that the SEC require public companies to disclose political spending.  One prong of the Journal’s attack is that “no such regulation” applies to labor unions.  But this statement, like m... More »

Welcome to On Labor

Published August 8th, 2013 -

Welcome to On Labor, a new blog by Jack Goldsmith and myself dedicated to current developments in the world of workers, unions, and politics.  Labor is a complicated field today.  Complicated because the traditional labor movement is in dramatic decline, and, ... More »