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Harvard Students Deserve a Fair Contract

Published December 4th, 2019 -

During my first year at Harvard Law School, a professor of mine won a prestigious academic award. The prize, he told us, was a research grant so large he didn’t know what to do with it. Did we have any suggestions? At the time, the law school was paying ... More »

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Senator Wagner Still Speaks, And We Should Listen

Published November 21st, 2019 -

My new book, How the Working Class Can Help the Middle Class: Reintroducing Non-Majority Collective Bargaining to the American Workplace, verifies and explains the legal basis of a little-known collective bargaining process, to wit, members-only minority-union... More »

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Labor Law Should Encourage Short Strikes

Published November 4th, 2019 -

Now that the General Motors strike is over, it’s a good time to reflect on how a recent Trump NLRB decision creates perverse incentives to unnecessarily prolong strikes.   In July, in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., without any meaningful analysis, the Trump NLRB membe... More »

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Héctor and Me

Published July 24th, 2019 -

I first met Héctor Figueroa in the late 1980s. I was a young labor lawyer based in New York but traveling all over the South working on organizing campaigns (the NLRB kind, if you can remember back that far).  Héctor was a young staffer in the Research Departm... More »

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Héctor Figueroa: An Appreciation

Published July 20th, 2019 -

Héctor Figueroa died last week at the tragically young age of 57.  I had the good fortune to work with Héctor for the past seventeen years, and to watch him grow into a truly inspiring leader.  For the past seven years Héctor was President of SEIU Local 32BJ, ... More »

June 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 7, 2019

Published June 7th, 2019 -

National Nurses United (NNU) and Johns Hopkins Hospital have reached a settlement affirming nurses’ right to unionize without interference from their employer.  The hospital’s 3,200 nurses began their organizing campaign last spring; by June, they had filed ch... More »

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The New Job Market is Online: YouTube

Published May 20th, 2019 -

For some, YouTube is a website to watch the occasional funny panda video. For others, it has become their primary source of income. One of the most successful examples of this is Dude Perfect, a channel featuring five guys who perform intricate trick shots – b... More »

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Writers v. Agents: A Fight that Could Change Hollywood

Published May 13th, 2019 -

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) are currently engaged in a dispute over conflicts of interest that has the potential to completely change how the entertainment industry operates. The WGA is a union representing 13,... More »

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Olympic Athletes Explore Collective Power Options

Published May 9th, 2019 -

In February, the Athlete’s Advisory Council, a group composed of US Olympic athletes, met with the United States Olympic Committee. The AAC presented a new idea to increase athletes’ voice and power within the USOC: unionization. But unionization is not the AA... More »