Past Events

  • 2018 Apr 06

    Denying workers their rights from their first day on the job



    The Economic Policy Institute 1225 I Street NW, Sixth floor Washington, DC 20005 and Live streamed

    Join the Economic Policy Institute for an examination of the growing use of mandatory arbitration and class and collective action waivers and their impact on workers. The panel includes Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School. 

    The event will be live streamed on the EPI Website

  • 2018 Apr 06

    Diversity and Collaboration in Economics

    12:00pm to 1:30pm


    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    SPEAKER: Sultan Orazbayev (Visiting Fellow, Growth lab at the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School) 
  • 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. 

  • 2018 Mar 29

    The Politics of Labor in the Trump Era with Gil Cedillo

    12:30pm to 1:30pm


    L-166, IOP Conference Room, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    You are invited to a lunch conversation with Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo to discuss the politics of labor in the Trump era. In May, 2013, Cedillo was elected to the Los Angeles Council, representing the city's first council district. He previously served in the California State Assembly and State Senate, where he authored a number of major laws, including bills strengthening workers' right to organize, the California Dream Act, and legislation to granting drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants. Before holding elective office, Cedillo worked for the Service Employees...

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  • 2018 Mar 28

    Charting the Future of Labor Policy



    WCC Milstein West A, Harvard Law School

    Current affairs are full of stories of labor law in practice – professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem, or a bicyclist being fired for gesturing at the presidential motorcade.  Join us for this informal and lively discussion with HLS experts presented by HLS Joint Council.

    Panelists include: Sharon Block, Executive Director of LWP and Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School.

  • 2018 Mar 09

    MIT Sustainability Summit: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy



    Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

    Sharon Block, Executive Director of LWP will speak at the 10th annual MIT Sustainability Summit: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy on Friday March 9th at the Four Seasons in Boston. Learn more about how businesses and other stakeholders are working toward a new normal, reimagining standards of work, and collectively mobilizing to build a thriving economy. Speakers and panelists will explore such topics as what are the benefits and challenges of implementing a “Good Jobs Strategy”? What does it look like to pay a living wage? What are effective strategies to partner across the private and public sectors to achieve “wins” for workers? 

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  • 2018 Mar 02

    Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas

    12:00pm to 1:30pm


    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School

    SPEAKER:  William F. Maloney (World Bank, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions) 
    TITLE: “Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the AmericasPreview the document" (paper joint with Felipe Valencia Caicedo) 
    This paper offers the first systematic historical evidence on the role of a central actor in modern growth theory - the engineer. We collect cross-country and state level data on the population share of engineers for the Americas, and county level data on engineering and patenting for the US during the Second Industrial Revolution. These are robustly correlated with income today after controlling for literacy, other types of higher order human capital (e.g. lawyers, physicians), demand side factors, and instrumenting engineering using the Land Grant Colleges program. We support these results with historical case studies from the US and Latin America.

  • 2018 Feb 26

    What Fight for $15 and ‘Alt-Labor’ Tells Us About the Past and Future of the American Middle Class

    12:05pm to 12:50pm


    WCC 2004 Classroom, Harvard Law School

    Sharon Block, former Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Labor and head of the policy office at the Department of Labor, will discuss how the decline of the labor movement in the U.S. has led to a crisis for the American middle class and offer insights into the worker organizations that may fill the economic and political void.

    Hosted by the HLS American Constitution Society