Rebalancing Economic and Political Power: A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Opening Conference: What Problems Should We Be Solving For?


Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (All day)


Harvard Law School

Project Background:  Wages have been stagnating for decades. Income inequality is at its highest level in history and still growing.  The political and economic power of ordinary Americans is dwarfed by the massive influence of corporations.  The right to unionize has been eviscerated.  Demagogues are seeking (sometimes successfully) to capitalize on these trends to advance their own goals to the further detriment of working people. In the face of these trends, how can ordinary Americans organize and mobilize for economic and political justice? And what does the law do to enable or impede their efforts?  The magnitude of the challenges requires more than tinkering around the edges of the existing legal frameworks.  It is critical that we bring new perspectives to answering these hard questions in order to build a policy agenda for legal reform that will restore balance to our economy and our politics. 

Rationale behind this opening conference: A key element of this opening conference is to get input and recommendations from conference participants on the topics to be discussed at future convenings and which draw from the above identified challenges.  Toward that end, opening conference participants will be asked to reflect throughout the conference about the best way to organize the project to create policy "pathways to solutions" for the problems discussed.  

Agenda (in English)  Agenda (in Spanish)

Post Convening Material: Solution Sets (in English)  Solutions Sets (in Spanish)

Article in Harvard Law Today.

Opening remarks from the convening  (YouTube): (31 min)

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