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What Do Unions Do in a Pandemic

Published April 6th, 2020 -

Buried on page 524 of the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was a small provision with big implications: mid-sized businesses that accept a stimulus loan must pledge to “remain neutral in any union organizing effort for the term ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Thursday, April 2nd

Published April 2nd, 2020 -

  6.6 million people signed up for state unemployment benefits last week, according to Department of Labor data released this morning. As EPI notes, today’s earth-shattering number—over double last week’s record-breaking 3.3. million jobless claims—is lik... More »

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The Trump NLRB Needs to be Removed

Published April 1st, 2020 -

That’s it.  The Trump appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) need to be removed for neglect of duty and malfeasance – now. The latest outrage?  Yesterday, the Trump Board added to its long and growing list of anti-worker, anti-union actions, i... More »

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What’s Next For Labor Law Reform?

Published March 3rd, 2020 -

A version of this article was originally published by The Century Foundation. Labor law reform is having a renaissance, and not a minute too late. For starters, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—a bill that, if ... More »

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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 »