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Conscious Capitalism vs. Unions? A Look at Whole Foods

Published October 1st, 2013 -

The idea that labor unions and their attendant collective bargaining privileges are necessary to workers’ welfare is all but assumed in many corners of the American labor movement. Several companies, however, are reviving a model whereby an employer proactivel... More »

An Explainer: What Are German-Style Works Councils?

Published September 23rd, 2013 -

We’ve been covering the developments at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the negotiations between VW and the United Auto Workers to establish a “German-style works council.”  But what exactly is a German-style works council?  Professor Sachs a... More »

WSJ Columnist Jenkins Gets Works-Council Law Wrong

Published September 19th, 2013 -

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins weighs in on the VW-UAW discussions about a German-style works council at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, TN.  Although the automaker and the union have concluded that such a council would be legal in the U.S... More »

Raynor and Stern on the Future of Unions

Published September 18th, 2013 -

Rich Yeselson’s recent article on “Fortress Unionism” prompted a reply from Bruce Raynor (former president of  UNITE HERE) and Andy Stern (former president of SEIU).  The debate is over the future of the labor movement.  The disagreement could not be more star... More »

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 »