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New Harvard Law Review Piece on Grad Student Unions

Published February 23rd, 2017 -

There’s a new piece of student writing in the most recent Harvard Law Review that offers a different take on the Board’s Columbia University decision regarding graduate student union rights.  The piece focuses on the Board’s use of empirical ... More »

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Published January 23rd, 2017 -

People have been writing the obituary of the labor movement at least since the 1980s.  These doomsayers fall into two camps.  One the one hand, there are those who are eager to squelch worker power.  A typical example is Virginia Foxx, the new Chair of the Hou... More »

Stronger Together

Published November 30th, 2016 -

This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. The challenge facing unions following Donald Trump’s victory is a familiar one.  Trump, a twenty-first century robber baron, won the election by using a playbook familiar to nineteenth century robber b... More »

Guest Post: The AFL-CIO's Response to Trump's Presidency

Published November 29th, 2016 -

Jon Hiatt is Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO. This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what ... More »

Guest Post: In This Moment, Labor Must Become a Movement

Published November 21st, 2016 -

Moshe Z. Marvit is an attorney and fellow with The Century Foundation, focusing on labor and employment law and policy. He is the co-author (with Rick Kahlenberg) of the book, “Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right.” This post is part of a series on Lab... More »

Far Better than an Injunction: Philly Strike Settles

Published November 7th, 2016 -

Avoiding the need for an injunction showdown, SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union have reached a tentative settlement ensuring that public transit will be operational in Philadelphia on election day.  The union’s website announced this morning “T... More »

Could a Court Enjoin the SEPTA Strike on Election Day?

Published November 2nd, 2016 -

Nearly 5000 bus, subway and trolley operators are on strike in Philadelphia.  The dispute centers around critical issues including health care coverage, pensions, and bathroom breaks.  But the strike is garnering national attention, and making some Democrats n... More »