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Trump Justice turns against Obama's DOJ and worker rights in SCOTUS case

September 22, 2017

By Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News

At stake is the right of workers to address workplace issues collectively, from wage and overtime disputes to discrimination and other unfair treatment.“Workers need to share information as well as legal costs to protect themselves effectively," said Sharon Block
"It could essentially close the courthouse door on workers,” she said. “If you are a low-wage worker bringing a case by yourself, it’s hard to pay for it — and hard for the attorney to earn enough for the time and energy involved.”... Read more about Trump Justice turns against Obama's DOJ and worker rights in SCOTUS case

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Labor union for veterinary workforce makes national push: Associates, technicians, support staff would be represented

September 21, 2017

By: Lisa Wogan
The VIN News Service 

Richard Freeman was referenced in article  about veterinary personnel looking to organize. it’s about more than wages, Hughston said. “We’re talking about things like work/life balance, like respecting professional boundaries, like making sure we have safe procedures and protocols in place, that we have safe levels of staffing,” she said.

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University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas: India uncovered

September 19, 2017
India and the paradoxes of global capitalism
by John Trumpbour
John Trumpbour, Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, discusses the challenges India faces in terms of 21st Century modernity and as it is poised to have the largest population in the world.
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Emerald Publishing names eminent economist team to edit new journal, The Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership

September 19, 2017

 In what is a coup for Emerald Publishing, the newly launched Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO) will be edited by Richard B. Freeman, holder of the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, and Takao Kato, W.S. Schupf Professor of Economics and Far Eastern Studies at Colgate University.

JPEO is the first leading forum for new economics of participation, economic analysis of new participatory work practices and shared capitalism. It is the only mainstream journal for rigorous research on shared capitalism, employee ownership, profit sharing, gainsharing, and broad-based stock option.

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Harvard Hopes Trump Will Help It Undermine Unions

September 14, 2017

By John Trumpbour and Chris Tilly
LaborNotes.org

"Harvard appears to be banking on Trump appointees to the Labor Board to help fight off graduate student unionization. But Harvard’s going the extra mile in seeking to undermine all unions’ right to an accurate list of employees during a union election campaign."

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Re-thinking the capital code

September 12, 2017

Op-ed by Thomas Piketty 
in LeMonde

What should we think of the reform of the Labour Code defended by the government?   Isabelle Ferreras, LWP Senior Research Associate,  has defended the idea of genuine bicameralism in firms with shareholders’ councils and worker’s councils being obliged to agree and to adopt the same strategic texts and decisions.... Read more about Re-thinking the capital code

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Why Resident Advisers could benefit from a union

September 11, 2017

By Paige Szmodis, member of the AFSCME Union Scholars Program attending URSINUS COLLEGE
"Collective student power can ensure that students can have a voice when negotiating with people in administrative positions. Students should have an opportunity to join together, ask questions, and put forth a document that allows them to decide what working conditions are reasonable, safe and healthy. Contracts serve as a reference point if things go wrong or when power has been abused."

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Lost wages, serious illness and poor labor standards: The dangers of rebuilding Texas and Florida

September 11, 2017
By CASEY QUINLAN, Think Progress
[Sharon] Block is also worried about whether there are enough resources at the agency. In addition to the proposed cuts and business-friendly approach of the administration, there is no OSHA chief. She states, “Based on their level of staffing and resources and everything else about their approach on worker protection issues, I’d be worried about how workers post-Harvey and post-Irma are going to be effective.” 
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The Uncertainties of Being Asked to Work During a Hurricane

September 9, 2017

by GILLIAN B. WHITE in The Atlantic
Sharon Block, provides information on workers rights during a natural disaster.  Block says, "a major storm, even one that yields a state of emergency, doesn’t suspend labor laws. This means that laws that protect workers’ pay still stand, but because in Florida, workers are employed at-will, it also means that (barring a collective-bargaining agreement or contract stating otherwise) workers can still be fired for their absence. 'You can be fired for a good reason [or] a bad reason—as long as it's not an unlawful reason, which is usually discrimination,'"

Also reported in:usa today logoby Josh Hafner on  Sept 12, 2017,"Pizza Hut manager threatens employees evacuating ahead of Irma,"  [Read Article]