Events

    2022 Nov 21

    Lunchtime Panel: Organizing Starbucks Workers under US Labor Law

    12:15pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Hybrid event: WCC 1015 and Zoom

    Zoom registration link: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqf-2tqT8oG9ZCdcENgsV3TYTVh5_QxyRj    

    The Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program and LEAP will be hosting a lunchtime panel event on the remarkable wave of union organizing sweeping through Starbucks stores across the country. Join us for a discussion on what the implications of labor law have been for worker power and unionization efforts at Starbucks and how this movement may shape the future of labor organizing in the US. 

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    2022 Nov 02

    Seminar: Economics of Science & Engineering - “How Robots Impact Labor Relations? Evidence from China”

    9:00pm to 11:00pm

    Location: 

    VIDEO - recording  of 11/2/22 seminar

    Paper joint with Xueling Yan (Sichuan University) and Richard Freeman (Harvard + NBER)
    ABSTRACT + BIO (w/ contact info) - linked file

    Description: Focus on work force and career issues. Topics include: Effects of globalization on work force and innovation, growth of networks in work; impact of career incentives on productivity; university policies; mobility...

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    2022 Oct 26

    Book Discussion on Democratize Work

    12:15pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Wasserstein Hall, Room 209 and on Zoom  https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99064733354?pwd=VmkvYk1lb2hFRTZWSW5kZWpldXR2QT09

    Democratizing work book coverPlease join us at Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, Room 209 from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm ET on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 for an [in-person/hybrid] event for a book discussion related to Democratize Work: The Case for Reorganizing the Economy, published in May 2022 by the University of Chicago Press.

    The event will consist of two parts: first, a presentation by two of the co-editors of Democratize Work, followed by a panel discussion of leading scholars of democracy and labor on the themes presented in the book.

    Speakers:
    Opening Presentation: conducted by Isabelle Ferreras (University of Louvain/Harvard Labor and Worklife Program) and Julie Battilana (HBS /HKS-SICI).

    Panel Discussion: chaired by Sharon Block (HLS). Panelists will include Archon Fung (HKS), Marshall Ganz (HKS), Nien-hê Hsieh (HBS), and Anna Stansbury (MIT Sloan).... Read more about Book Discussion on Democratize Work

    2022 Oct 26

    Joint Zoom Seminar: Econ of S+E and China Econ: “Robot Adoption and Labor Share: Firm-Level Evidence from China”

    10:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Zoom
    DATE: Wed Oct 26 @ 10am EST| 3pm UK |10pm China |7am PST |12am Thurs - AEST
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    ZOOM LINK: full zoom info below 
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    PRESENTER: Xiaoying Li (Sun Yat-sen University)
    TITLE: “Robot Adoption and Labor Share: Firm-Level Evidence from China”
    PAPER: joint with Yin Tan (Guangdong U of Finance) and Richard Freeman (Harvard + NBER)
    2022 Oct 12

    Laboratories of Experimentation: Local Governments at the Forefront of Advancing Workers’ Rights

    4:00pm to 5:15pm

    Location: 

    ZOOM
    LWP Logo and Social Innovation Change Initiative logo

    If you missed the event watch the online video of webinar 

    We are reaching out to invite you to an upcoming webinar hosted jointly by the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program and the Local Progress Impact Lab. Entitled “Laboratories of Experimentation: Local Governments at the Forefront of Advancing Workers’ Rights,” the webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 12 from 4:00 – 5:15 pm EST. ... Read more about Laboratories of Experimentation: Local Governments at the Forefront of Advancing Workers’ Rights

    2022 Oct 05

    Economics of Science & Engineering Seminar: Creating and Connecting US and China Science: Chinese Diaspora Researchers and Returnee Researchers

    10:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Littauer M-16, North Yard - In person | and via ZOOM ZOOM LINK: full zoom details below
    PRESENTER: Qingnan Xie (Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School) 
    TITLE: Creating and Connecting US and China Science: Chinese Diaspora Researchers and Returnee Researchers
    (paper joint with Richard B. Freeman, Harvard University and NBER)
    2022 May 16

    Global Book Launch of Democratize Work

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    ZOOM

    We invite you to join us online at the  Democratize Work Book Launch

    Video of event (Youtube)

    Consider ordering the book here so we can continue the conversation together.

    Your participation in this special panel discussion on the book is essential and will happen alongside our featured guests. After introducing the book, we will hear from an outstanding panel, reflecting on the diversity of perspectives and actors engaged with #DemocratizingWork:... Read more about Global Book Launch of Democratize Work

    2022 Mar 16

    2022 Harvard Trade Union Workshops

    Wed Mar 16 (All day) to Thu Mar 24 (All day)

    Location: 

    Online on Zoom

    Unfortunately, the Covid crisis is not over. We regret that a variety of obstacles blocked us from carrying out the residential Trade Union Program at Harvard this year. We had hoped and began to plan for the program, but it has turned out not to be feasible. Nevertheless, in our effort to continue to support and educate the labor community, we will hold a new set of online workshops providing potent ideas and compelling visions for revitalizing unions and democracy.

    The theme for this year’s online workshop is “Democracy Under Attack: What should unions do?” The workshop will...

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    2022 Mar 03

    The Evolving Role of Universities in the American Innovation System Virtual Conference

    1:15pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    The conference is free and open to everyone; however, registration is required.- online

    Thursday, March 3, 2022, 1:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:20 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    The conference is free and open to everyone; however, registration is required.

    There is great interest across government, industry, and academia in improving the U.S. innovation system, particularly in light of competitive threats from countries like China. American universities have long been a foundation of U.S. leadership in science, technology, and innovation. As with other U.S....

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    2021 Oct 01

    Seminar in the Economics of Science & Engineering - "Occupational Projections, Automation, and the Future of Work"

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom
    SPECIAL SEMINAR

    SPEAKER: Mike Handel (Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL, Research Analyst)
    TITLE:  "Occupational Projections, Automation, and the Future of Work"

    If you missed the seminar, or want to review Mike Handel's excellent presentation, here's a link to the Zoom Video Recording
    Content questions can be addressed to <m.handel@northeastern.edu>

    ABSTRACT: The impressive growth in the power of artificial intelligence since 2005 has spawned a raft of papers and analyses that seek to identify occupations threatened by automation in the near future.  The most widely cited estimate is that nearly half of all U.S. jobs are at risk of automation over a ten- to twenty-year period.... Read more about Seminar in the Economics of Science & Engineering - "Occupational Projections, Automation, and the Future of Work"

    2021 May 18

    Prosecutions of wage theft and other employer crimes

    3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    Hosted by Economic Policy Institute on Zoom

    Join us for a panel discussion on how criminal prosecutions protect workers’ rights and ensure a level playing field for law-abiding employers. Hear from elected district attorneys about why they support this work and from line prosecutors about cases they have brought. Speakers will share ways prosecutors and worker organizations can build relationships and work together to improve workplace enforcement.... Read more about Prosecutions of wage theft and other employer crimes

    2021 May 06

    2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - Follow-up - May

    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom - online

    We are excited that Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, and Larry Brown, President of NUPGE, will join us in the follow-up session to give brief remarks on the opportunities and future for unions coming out of the pandemic.  Elissa's discussion will include the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act which guarantees that public service employees in every state have the freedom to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.   

    We will also have some of your fellow participants share how the workshop has impacted their...

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    2021 Apr 08

    2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - Follow-up April

    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom - online

    We are excited that Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, and Larry Brown, President of NUPGE, will join us in the follow-up session to give brief remarks on the opportunities and future for unions coming out of the pandemic.  Elissa's discussion will include the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act which guarantees that public service employees in every state have the freedom to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.   

    We will also have some of your fellow participants share how the workshop has impacted their...

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    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 Dec 03

    State Attorneys General as Protectors of Workers' Rights

    4:00pm to 5:15pm

    Location: 

    Online Zoom meeting

    Join the Economic Policy Institute and the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program for “State Attorneys General as Protectors of Workers' Rights” to hear directly from bureau, division, and section chiefs who lead labor rights work in their state attorneys general (AGs) offices. This webinar will address the growing role state AGs play in...

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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.

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

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