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Weekend News & Commentary — April 21 – 22, 2018

Published April 22nd, 2018 -

Friday was a big day for unionization efforts in New England. Late in the afternoon, election results revealed that Harvard University teaching and research assistants had voted to unionize.  During the election held on April 18 and 19, 1,931 ballots were cast... More »

Rebuilding Labor Law from a Clean Slate

Published April 18th, 2018 -

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing more about a project that Sharon and I are launching at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law.” With support from the Ford Foundation and joined by a wide ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2018

Published April 18th, 2018 -

Arizona teachers began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday afternoon.  While Republican Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to a 20% pay raise for teachers by 2020, many teachers have criticized the plan for not including pay raises for support staff and for fai... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 7-8

Published April 8th, 2018 -

The Washington Post reports that Target has agreed to a $3.74 million settlement with black and Latino job applicants who claimed that the company’s criminal background check policy was discriminatory.  The NAACP Legal Defense Fund had filed a class action law... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 29, 2018

Published March 29th, 2018 -

Campus and local labor unions released a statement in support of the graduate student unionization effort at Harvard University, reports The Crimson. The statement urging graduate students to vote in favor of unionization comes a few weeks before the election,... More »

Daily News & Commentary — March 1, 2018

Published March 1st, 2018 -

The New York Times opinion section has offered two somewhat conflicting views on wage growth in the last two days. The first argues that corporate America has been suppressing wages for many workers through noncompete clauses and no-poaching agreements and is ... More »

The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand

Published February 21st, 2018 -

As Bloomberg and Law360 report, the NLRB’s Inspector General (IG) has concluded that Board member William Emanuel should have been recused from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors – the decision that overruled Browning-Ferris and retreated on the defin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2018

Published February 5th, 2018 -

Less than two years after having finally been recognized as the inspiration for J. Howard Miller’s iconic “We Can Do It!” World War II poster, Naomi Parker Fraley–the “true” Rosie the Riveter–died at age 96 on January ... More »

Estlund on Elizabeth Anderson’s Private Government

Published January 19th, 2018 -

Cindy Estlund (NYU Law Professor and OnLabor contributor) has a terrific new piece in the Harvard Law Review. In Rethinking Autocracy at Work, Estlund reviews Elizabeth Anderson’s Tanner Lectures (published as Private Government) which “aim to brin... More »

Law and Organizing

Published January 18th, 2018 -

I have a new essay in the Texas Law Review that aims to help explain how a legal regime like labor law can (if actually enforced) facilitate organizing and collective action.  The essay – Law, Organizing, and Status Quo Vulnerability – draws on soc... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 27, 2017

Published December 27th, 2017 -

The Atlantic reports that the #metoo movement has yet to deliver justice for low-wage workers who are victims of sexual harassment. The piece explains that sexual harassment is rampant in low-wage industries–50% of workers in the restaurant industry repo... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 13, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017 -

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board will publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” Rule.  The amendments, which took effect on April 14, 2015, allowed u... More »