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Republicans Plan to Crack Down on Worker Centers, the Last Line of Defense

November 21, 2017

By Hamilton Nolan
Splinter

"The Trump administration is sure to be hell for working people, but so far the actual Labor Secretary has been relatively quiet on the specifics. Today we have a new item to add to his list of Ways to Egregiously Stomp on The Poor: fucking with worker centers."

Sharon Block, in OnLabor.org blog, "Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers." explains "Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers" the only real purpose for reclassifying worker centers is to make their lives harder by requiring them to do a ton of paperwork and follow a ton of new rules. There is no threat being addressed here, except the threat that day laborers might be paid a semi-living wage.

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Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work

November 16, 2017

by Celine McNicholas, Labor Counsel, Economic Policy Institute and
Sharon Block, Executive Director of the LWP, Harvard Law School
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 

Today, 24.7 million American workers have been forced to sign contracts that, as a condition of employment, require them to waive their rights to joining a class action lawsuit to address sexual harassment and other workplace disputes—instead these workers must act alone to resolve what is often systemic violations of employment protections.... Read more about Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work

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It should be illegal to fire the cyclist who gave Trump the finger

November 8, 2017

By Benjamin Sachs, LWP and Harvard Law School
Washington Post

"Once the president makes the workplace a political battleground, the Constitution should ensure that the battle not be one-sided."

"these aren’t conventional times, and the conventional legal approach doesn’t make sense today. Briskman’s firing is unconscionable, and it should be illegal."

"Why? We have a president who doesn’t hesitate to insert himself into private workplace disputes, and is thereby turning the workplace into a battleground for politics and public policy. By...

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We can't stop sexual harassment until we restructure corporate boards

We can't stop sexual harassment until we restructure corporate boards

November 7, 2017

By Sharon Block 
in Quartz

"If we are serious about making corporations more responsive to how their workers are treated, we need structural reform that will give workers a voice in the governance of their own work lives and the right to bring a greater diversity of views before the board."

Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t)

November 2, 2017

By STEVE LOHR
New York TImes,  Education Life

"Michael S. Teitelbaum, an expert on science education and policy and LWP Senior Research Associate, believes that STEM advocates, often executives and lobbyists for technology companies, do a disservice when they raise the alarm that America is facing a worrying shortfall of STEM workers, based on shortages in a relative handful of fast-growing fields like data analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and computer security."... Read more about Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t)