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A Works Council in Chattanooga

Published September 12th, 2013 -

Steve Greenhouse at the New York Times reports that Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are negotiating a “German-style works council” for VW’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This is an important development for several reasons.  First, among th... More »

AFL-CIO Convention

Published September 9th, 2013 -

Josh Eidelson at The Nation has ongoing and thorough coverage of the AFL-CIO’s convention, taking place now in Los Angeles.  Here’s one argument as to why you should care. 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 L.A. Ports Strike

Published September 1st, 2013 -

The Los Angeles Times reported that on Monday, August 26, up to 30 drivers went on strike against local trucking firm Green Fleet Systems, which services the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—combined the largest port complex in the United States and one of ... More »

Thompson on Why Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Published September 1st, 2013 -

Derek Thomson at the The Atlantic maintains that the fast-food work strikes won’t accomplish much.  His argument in a nutshell: The strikes would have a much better shot at inspiring a change in franchise- and corporate-level policy if fast-food chains perceiv... More »

Why Haven't Unions Done Better in the Obama Era?

Published August 29th, 2013 -

Unions were central to the election and re-election of President Obama, and to the passage of Obamacare.  But some unions are not pleased with his administration right now because on some important issues, including Obamacare, the administration seems to be wo... 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 »