Events

    2021 Mar 11

    2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - March

    Thu - Fri, Mar 11 to Mar 19, 3:00pm - 8:00pm

    Location: 

    online Zoom

    Building upon the Trade Union Program’s commitment to education and guidance for the labor movement, we have designed a multi-class online workshop that combines the highlights and strengths of our core curriculum with a focus on current urgent challenges: overcoming the raging pandemic, navigating the economic recession, and achieving pathways to racial justice.

    The workshop consists of ten class sessions led by experts in their fields. The workshop will not be a passive webinar where participants only listen to the experts, but instead this will be an interactive learning...

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    2021 Feb 11

    2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - February

    Thu - Fri, Feb 11 to Feb 19, 3:00pm - 8:00pm

    Location: 

    online zoom

    Building upon the Trade Union Program’s commitment to education and guidance for the labor movement, we have designed a multi-class online workshop that combines the highlights and strengths of our core curriculum with a focus on current urgent challenges: overcoming the raging pandemic, navigating the economic recession, and achieving pathways to racial justice.

    The workshop consists of ten class sessions led by experts in their fields. The workshop will not be a passive webinar where participants only listen to the experts, but instead this will be an interactive learning...

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    2020 Oct 26

    State AGs Protecting Workers' Rights Roundtable

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    online via Zoom

    On Monday, October 26 at 1 pm EST we hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on how state attorneys general have been taking action to protect workers. We were joined by:

    D.C.  Attorney General  Karl Racine Illinois  Attorney General  Kwame Raoul Minnesota Attorney General  Keith Ellison Pennsylvania Attorney General  Josh Shapiro Terri Gerstein,  Harvard LWP

    D.C. Attorney General
    Karl Racine

    Illinois
    Attorney General
    Kwame Raoul

    Minnesota
    Attorney General
    Keith Ellison

    Pennsylvania
    Attorney General
    Josh Shapiro

    Moderator:
    Terri Gerstein,
    Harvard LWP

    In recent years, there has been a surge of activity by a number of state attorneys general in protecting workers’ rights. As detailed in a recent report issued by the Economic Policy Institute and the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, state AGs have:

    • Brought civil lawsuits and criminally prosecuted employers for wage theft;
    • Combatted no-poach and non-compete agreements, which suppress wages/job mobility;
    • Fought misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees;
    • Opposed and challenged anti-worker rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor; and
    • Taken action on behalf of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Since 2015, six AG offices, including those of our speakers, have established units within their offices dedicated to protecting workers.

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    2019 Jun 13

    Strategies for Building Worker Power

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    The Economic Policy Institute 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600 Washington, D.C. 20005

    A growing body of research shows the systematic erosion of workers’ bargaining power over the past 40-plus years is at the root of wage stagnation for working people and rising inequality. If policymakers wish to address these issues, they must look to policies that build up worker power.

    The Economic Policy Institute, National Employment Law Project, and Jobs with Justice invite you to a June 13 symposium to discuss how to proactively reclaim worker power, featuring panels and speakers discussing the range of policies and practices workers and advocates are pursuing to give people a greater say over their own workplaces.

    Keynote by Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

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    2019 May 08

    American Constitution Society: The Supreme Corp. Have Corporate and Right-Wing Interests Captured the Court?

    11:30am to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Center for American Progress 1333 H Street, Northwest, Tenth Floor Washington, District of Columbia 20001

    Have the conservative justices on the Court been effectively “captured” by these corporate and right-wing interests? If so, what role has the nominations process played and what can be done to reverse this trend and ensure the Court serves only the interest of impartiality, objectivity, and the rule of law? 

    Sharon Block, LWP Executive Director, will be a panelist at this event.

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    2019 Apr 04

    Clean Slate Convening on Building Worker Power through Benefits Provision and Enforcement

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School

    What’s at stake? The transformation of work has produced two well-known problems: one, many workers can no longer rely on stable employment to provide them with benefits like retirement, vacation, or insurance, and, two, it is increasingly difficult to enforce basic laws like minimum wage and overtime pay. Although there are many ways to address these problems, putting workers in charge of the organizations that deliver benefits and conduct enforcement could ensure efficient delivery of services while building economic and political voice for working people...

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    2019 Mar 01

    Clean Slate Convening on New Organizations for Worker Power

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School

    Working group meeting of the Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law  Project

    What’s at stake? Historically, labor unions have been the key organization for worker voice and power, and we need legal reforms that enable us to strengthen unions. But we also need to consider legal support for other worker institutions, including organizations that represent workers outside of formal collective bargaining processes.

    At this convening, we will explore the features of organizations that can build power for workers. Our exploration will include works councils, members-only unions, worker centers, organizations that address the interests of consumers and communities, and organizations that build workers’ political power. ... Read more about Clean Slate Convening on New Organizations for Worker Power

    2019 Feb 11

    James Green Forum -“Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: Organizing Workers in the Southern USA”

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    WCC 2019 Milstein West AB, Harvard Law School

    James Green Forum 2019Speakers: Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Professor, West Virginia University and Ken Fones-Wolf, Professor, Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair, West Virginia University
    Commenter: Sister Marie-Therese Browne, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky... Read more about James Green Forum -“Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: Organizing Workers in the Southern USA”

    2019 Feb 04

    John T. Dunlop Forum – “Building a Moral Capitalism” featuring Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    1585 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA | 2036 Milstein East ABC

    Slideshow of Event:
    Joe Kennedy

    Video of Event:

    Joe Kenedy Dunlop forum poster

    Congressman Joe Kennedy III discusses his recent call for “moral capitalism” and outline how he believes a new Congress can recalibrate our country’s economy back towards American workers.

    The John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum is hosted by Harvard Law School Labor & Worklife Program and co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

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    2019 Jan 15

    Clean Slate Convening on Levels, Actors and Scope of Bargaining

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School

    Working group meeting of the Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law  Project

    Agenda - Spanish

    Reimagining Collective Bargaining:
    The economy is fissuring and disaggregating, but since 1935 collective bargaining has largely taken place at the level of a single “firm,” has...

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    2018 Dec 05

    Clean Slate Convening on Establishing the Scope and Power of Collective Action

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School

    Working group meeting of the Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law  Project

    Agenda - Spanish

    We must ensure that workers have the ability to engage in collective action that leverages power. The number of significant strikes in the U.S. has fallen dramatically. That’s because...

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    2018 Oct 09
    2018 Sep 17

    What We All Can Learn from the 2018 Educator Walkouts.

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School

    Sponsored by National Education Association (NEA) and Labor and Worklife Program.

    "Last week, the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School hosted an event with the National Education Association on the teacher walkouts that spread through red states from January to May 2018.  We held this event to learn as much as possible about what motivated tens of thousands of teachers to stand up for themselves and their schools.  The most profound lesson I learned was the importance of telling stories of...

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