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Unions and Political Equality – A New Approach

Published October 8th, 2013 -

I have a new Essay in the Yale Law Journal – The Unbundled Union: Politics Without Collective Bargaining.  The piece argues that we can advance the goal of political equality by enabling workers to organize unions for political purposes even when the workers c... More »


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 »


Improper Card Gathering in Chattanooga? A UAW-VW Update

Published September 27th, 2013 -

A union-side labor lawyer, not affiliated with the UAW, wrote this to us about the latest developments in Chattanooga: The United Auto Workers (UAW) efforts to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee may or may not turn out to be a turning poin... 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 »