Forum/Lecture

2022 Oct 12

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

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

ZOOM
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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 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

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 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

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

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”

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Breached Podcast on Employment

April 25, 2018

This episode explores what a social contract of employment looks like, given the changing nature of work in the 21st century economy. We hear from Tom Kochan, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management; Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Steven Pedigo, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies; and Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

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2018 Apr 04

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

9:30pm

Location: 

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. 

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