Jack Goldsmith

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Show BioHide BioJack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches and writes about national security law, international law, internet law, and, recently, labor history.  Before coming to Harvard, Professor Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from 2003-2004, and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002-2003.  Professor Goldsmith is writing a book about Jimmy Hoffa’s place in American history.  He can be reached at goldsmith.onlabor@gmail.com.

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James Sherk of Heritage on Members-Only Bargaining

Published July 11th, 2014 -

James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, writes in response to my post on A Labor Reform Proposal Conservatives Should Support: I support members-only bargaining which prevents non-members from receiving union services.... More »


A Labor Reform Proposal Conservatives Should Support

Published July 10th, 2014 -

The touchstone of conservative criticism of unions is worker “coercion” – the idea that individuals who don’t want to be in unions are required to join one if a majority of workers in the bargaining unit votes for one, or at least are required to pay agency fe... More »


Five Justices Probably Still Want to Kill Abood

Published July 1st, 2014 -

Ben plausibly says of Harris: The dicta in Harris about Abood is serious, and it shows that some number of Justices would like to overturn Abood.  But the holding in today’s decision shows that that number probably does not equal 5.  Most of the Harris dicta i... More »


UNITE HERE’s Harshly Critical Report About Obamacare

Published March 11th, 2014 -

Late yesterday, UNITE HERE confirmed to the On Labor staff that the union authored a report, The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse, that has been circulating on mainly conservative news sites recently. The report has gained attention because it is on... More »


Robots and Labor (Continued)

Published January 24th, 2014 -

The Financial Times (behind paywall) reports on a speech by Google’s Eric Schmidt on the effects of robot technology on labor, in which Schmidt says: “There is quite a bit of research that middle class jobs that are relatively highly skilled are being automate... More »


Is Abood in Trouble?

Published January 19th, 2014 -

That question is the title of Lyle Denniston’s preview of Harris v. Quinn at SCOTUSblog.  After reviewing the history of the case, Denniston explains how it “has mushroomed, since the Court granted it, into a major test of the continuing validity of the Abood ... More »


Respondents’ Merits Brief in Harris v. Quinn

Published December 23rd, 2013 -

Respondents filed their merits briefs today in Harris v. Quinn, this Term’s big public sector union case.  Here they are: Brief of Governor Pat Quinn Brief of AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU Local 73  Brief of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana   More »


Mulhall Dismissed!

Published December 10th, 2013 -

In a post published in August (and republished in November), I expressed puzzlement about the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Mulhall.  “I am beginning to think that the procedural hurdles to affirmance are so great that the grant might have been imprud... More »