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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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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 »

The Public Imagination and the Fast Food Strikes

Published August 29th, 2013 -

A consistent theme for the past, what, ten years has been the labor movement’s inability to capture the public’s attention, or the public’s imagination, or the public’s support.  The words “labor” and “union” likely bring to mind ... More »

ALJ Decision in Alma Products

Published August 29th, 2013 -

Quite an interesting decision from NLRB Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas last week.  The case, Alma Products, involves the discipline of an employee for wearing a T-Shirt that said “slave” and depicted a ball and chain.  The t-shirt also displayed the emplo... More »

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 »