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Paul Weiler, 1939-2021: Faculty Co-Director Emeritus of the Labor and Worklife Program

July 7, 2021

With sadness, we report the death of Paul C. Weiler, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School as well as the Faculty Co-Director Emeritus of the Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) at Harvard Law School (HLS).

Paul Weiler stood as one of the preeminent figures in several fields of legal scholarship: labor law, entertainment law, and sports law, as well as in constitutional reform and labor dispute resolution in his native land of Canada. He also made significant contributions on legal remedies for medical malpractice and worker disability.

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A Call for a Kinder Capitalism

February 5, 2019

Brett Milano
Harvard Correspondent
Harvard Gazette

Speaking at Harvard Law School, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D., Mass.) called Monday for a new national economic agenda based on “moral capitalism” that addresses the needs of embattled workers.

In recent months, Kennedy has been pushing for a fresh economic sensibility. Speaking at the John T. Dunlop Forum on the topic of “Building a Moral Capitalism,” he argued that the recent federal government shutdown represented capitalism at its least moral.

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Joe Kennedy preaches ‘moral capitalism’ at Harvard Law

February 5, 2019

By Jon Chesto
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Joe Kennedy started his push for “moral capitalism” by urging local business leaders to help address the country’s worsening income inequality.

Now, the congressman is spelling out his ideas for how the federal government should tackle the problem.

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to a packed room at Harvard Law School on Monday, making his plea for a government unafraid to set new rules for a fair and just economy. Strong regulations, he argues, shouldn’t be viewed as an obstacle to growth but as a necessary condition for a functioning capitalist system to survive. From his point of view, government has been complicit in the erosion of workers’ rights.... Read more about Joe Kennedy preaches ‘moral capitalism’ at Harvard Law

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Why MBAs haven’t got a clue about front-line workers: Business school programs ignore the plight of the working class. That must change.

April 26, 2018

By Jeremy Avins, Megan Larcom and Jenny Weissbourd 
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"Harvard’s Trade Union Program has since shrunk and moved to the law school, physically and ideologically distant from the minds of business leaders. In today’s MBA programs, writes MIT Sloan School of Management professor Thomas Kochan, “Labor relations is often either ignored or, if covered, curricula tend to focus on how to avoid rather than how to work with” workers’ rights groups."

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David Weil named dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

May 18, 2017

"Brandeis University has named David Weil dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective August 14. Weil, who will also become a full professor on the Heller faculty, currently serves as the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.  

In 2014, Weil took a leave from BU after former President Barack Obama appointed him to head the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with promoting and achieving compliance with fundamental labor standards, including those related to the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and family medical leave.  "

Weil has been a core faculty member of the Harvard Trade Union Program for many years.


Ken Donnelly (1950-2017), HTUP Class of 1997

April 2, 2017
Massachusetts State Senator Ken Donnelly waged many battles in support of workers.  A firefighter, he was a dedicated labor leader and a friend of the Harvard Trade Union Program.  His chief of staff Cindy Friedman called him a “fighter for those without a voice.”
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Congratulations to HTUP Graduate

August 18, 2016
Congratulations to Edward A. Kelly, on becoming the General Secretary Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Mr. Kelly, graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program class of 2015, was recently elected in 2016 at the IAFF 53rd Convention.