The Labor & Worklife Program is Harvard University’s center for research, teaching and creative problem solving related to the world of work and its implications for society.  Located at Harvard Law School, LWP brings together scholars, students, practitioners, community members and policy experts from a variety of disciplines.  LWP organizes projects and programs that (1) examine critical changes in labor markets, labor law, and the experiences of working people and (2) analyze the role of advocates, unions, worker organizations, business, and government in improving the quality of life for working families in the U.S. and around the world.  The faculty, staff, fellows and research associates of LWP include an array of nationally and internationally renowned scholars, experts and intellectuals.

LWP carries out its mission through three main activities:

  • Convenings and Policy Development:  LWP regularly holds forums, conferences, and strategy summits and produces scholarship, analysis, and policy proposals to advance innovative solutions for the challenges facing working families.
  • Research:  LWP serves as the institutional home at Harvard for scholars from the fields of law, economics, sociology, history and other disciplines working on labor and worklife issues.  LWP creates an intellectual community for scholars from across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Harvard Trade Union Program:  LWP is the home of the Harvard Trade Union Program, the oldest executive leadership program at Harvard.  HTUP works closely with trade unions around the world to bring excellence in labor education to trade union leadership.

Labor & Worklife Program 2016 Annual Report

 LWP annual report cover 2016Since joining the Harvard Law School in September 2002, the Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) has sought to integrate its work with the Law School’s mission and strategic plan, to involve law students interested in labor and employment in all of its activities, and to set out an ambitious plan for new research, practitioner engagement and public policy initiatives. With its focus on the world of work and workers, and encompassing the Harvard Trade Union Program (an executive mid-career program for union leaders founded in 1942), the LWP has organized projects and programs that seek to understand critical changes in labor markets and labor law, and to analyze the role of unions, business, and government as they affect the world of work. Download the full annual report (PDF).


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