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Former Labor Secretary Perez says everyone should have a seat at the table

February 16, 2018

Harvard Law Today
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Tom Perez keynote speaker at John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum Lecture at Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School on February 5, 2018.

"It took decades to lay the foundations for the social compact that flourished in post-war America and created enormous, shared wealth. It could take far less to roll back all the gains that were made, warned Tom Perez M.P.P./J.D. ’87, former Secretary of Labor under President Obama and the current chair of the Democratic National Committee."

“I’m a firm believer that when workers feel like they have a stake in where they’re working, they’re happier and they’re more productive, and it’s win-win,” he said. Perez termed it the John Dunlop theory of governance, after the late Harvard School professor and former Secretary of Labor under President Gerald Ford for whom the lecture is named, “because when you build a big table and give everyone a meaningful seat at the table, you can get really good outcomes.”... Read more about Former Labor Secretary Perez says everyone should have a seat at the table

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Trump’s ‘Tip-Pooling’ Plan Could Screw Your Bartender

February 13, 2018

By Dave Jamieson
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The Trump administration is seeking to change wage regulations so that restaurants and other businesses with tipped workers can decide how the gratuities are divvied up.

 

Sharon Block, a former Labor Department official under Obama, said it’s hard to read the proposal any other way. In adopting a judge’s dissent in a tip-sharing lawsuit, Trump’s team seems to argue that the Labor Department can’t tell an employer what to do ― or not do ― with a worker’s tips if the employer pays the federal...

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Trump’s Labor Board Is Making it Even More Difficult to Unionize Fast-Food Workers

February 9, 2018

By Michelle Chen
The Nation

In a jarring reversal of fortunes, a pending National Labor Relations Board case that was supposed to be a weapon for unionizing hundreds of thousands of low-wage fast-food workers under Obama may now morph into an anti-labor bludgeon for big business under Trump. The fate of one of the country’s largest poverty-wage workforces now hangs on an arcane legal debate over whether McDonald’s can be held responsible as a formal employer for all the workers who toil under the Golden Arches.

According to Sharon Block...

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John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum:  

  • Tom Perez group shot

    Tom Perez

    with David Weil before forum

  • Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School

    Opening the discussion at the Dunlop Forum

  • David Weil, Dean Heller School, Brandeis

    Former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the US Department of Labor discussing John Dunlop's life and legacy

  • Tom Perez answering questions from Sharon Block

  • Dunlop Forum, crowd shot
  • Beverly Donahue

    Tom Perez with Beverly Donahue, John Donlop's daughter

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