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...
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
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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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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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.
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...