2020 Oct 26

    State AGs Protecting Workers' Rights Roundtable

    1:00pm to 2:00pm


    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

    Attorney General
    Kwame Raoul

    Attorney General
    Keith Ellison

    Attorney General
    Josh Shapiro

    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.

    View video of roundtable discussion.... Read more about State AGs Protecting Workers' Rights Roundtable

    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


    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”

    2018 Apr 25

    Equal Pay Act @ 55: Successes, Challenges & Momentum

    10:00am to 12:00pm


    WCC 2019 Milstein West A, Harvard Law School

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    Registration 9:30am | Program 10:00am – 12:00pm

    It’s been 55 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, so where are we now? Join HLS Labor & Worklife Program and Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Charlotte Burrows for a panel discussion that explores the state of equal pay, its successes, challenges and momentum. The panel includes diverse leading perspectives from academia, business leaders, enforcement, and advocacy. The opening keynote is Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

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    2018 Apr 04

    Labor Problem: Can We Create Just Supply Chains in the Global Economy?



    Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Please join us for the first Pollak Lecture Series event of 2018. Richard M. Locke, Provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and Public and International Affairs at Brown University, will speak. Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, will provide an introduction. 

    Co-sponsored by:  by Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Relations and Resource Development. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government are co-sponsors. 

    2017 Dec 01

    Innovative Approaches to Migrant Worker Advocacy

    12:00pm to 1:00pm


    Harvard Law School, WCC 3018

    A talk with Mervat Jumhawee, El Hassan Workers’ Center (Jordan)
    JJ Rosenbaum, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, will moderate the event.

    Join us for a conversation on migrant workers’ rights in Jordan’s garment sector in the free trade zones with Mervat Jumhawee, Advocacy Officer for the El Hassan Workers’ Center. [Download Flyer]... Read more about Innovative Approaches to Migrant Worker Advocacy

    2017 Feb 15


    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
    M. Patricia Smith
    M. Patricia Smith
    former, Solicitor of Labor
    2017 Feb 14


    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
    Larry Beeferman, Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, LWP
    Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer, North America's Building Trades Unions
    Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest
    Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress
    2015 Feb 19

    “Labor, Racism, and Justice in the 21st Century”

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Rev. Lawson and Naomi Walker
    Naomi Walker and Rev. Lawson

    Introduction by Naomi Walker, Assistant to the President of AFSCME

    Reverend James Lawson excerpt:
     “…. to make a long story short, I want to try to say that the experiment to have a democratic society is the most important experiment the human race has launched, probably ever. To lift human life to a level where we have the capacity to govern ourselves and to live with one another and to create cooperation rather than war and violence is the great frontier for the 21st century and beyond. And in that act of shaping democratic society, unions are absolutely essential.”

    Brochure of full speech [Download]

    2014 Feb 06

    "Citizens Derided: Corporate Politics & Religion in the Roberts Court"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Jamin Raskin Darrin Spann
    Jamin Raskin,
    Professor, American University,
    Washington College of Law &
    Maryland State Senator

    Introduction by 
    Darrin Spann, Assistant Director of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania 

    Opening Remarks by Professor Jamin B. Raskin: 
    "In 2010, in the 5-4 Citizens United decision, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court broke from government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people,' and gave us a constitutional blueprint for government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. It held that for-profit corporations have the right to spend unlimited sums—million or billions of dollars-- promoting or disparaging candidates for public office."

     Brochure of full transcript [Download]

    2013 Feb 14


    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Saket Soni
    Saket Soni
    Executive Director
    New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and
    National Guestworker Alliance


    Elissa McBride
    Opening Remarks by
    Elissa McBride,
    Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride:
    "Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Saket Soni has been a driving force in the effort to secure justice for workers fighting for their dignity in post-Katrina New Orleans. During the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, black workers whose families had lived in New Orleans for generations were denied jobs. At the same time, thousands of immigrant workers were given false promises of steady jobs, fair pay, great conditions and even permanent legal status...Saket Soni brought those workers together, linking their struggles across the lines of race and class and citizenship. He helped build a broad platform from which they could wage an inspiring fight for justice and dignity."

     Brochure of full transcript: [Download]