The Labor and Worklife Program is Harvard University’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society. The LWP’s activities are in six program areas:
- Clean Slate Project for Worker Power- an initiative of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School that is building a policy agenda to reconstruct labor law in order to rebalance our economy and politics. It is an 18-month project that involves leading academics, activists, advocates, labor leaders and practitioners and will culminate with a comprehensive set of actionable recommendations.
- State and Local Enforcement Project - examines and strengthens state and local initiatives and enforcement of worker protection laws.
- Harvard Trade Union Program - an executive mid-career program for union leaders founded in 1942;
- Labor Organization Innovation (LOI) Initiative - a cross-disciplinary initiative bringing creativity, risk-taking, and innovation to develop a blueprint for the next generation of worker organizations. Leveraging learnings from educators’ movements, teachers’ unions, other kinds of worker organizations, businesses facing disruptive change, and social movements, the LOI Initiative will explore how workers – whether formally or informally organized – can work in concert to reach shared goals and continue to support educators;
- Changing Labor Markets Project (CLMP) - a research and policy development program that examines the sources of downward pressure on wages that has produced unprecedented wage stagnation and potential solutions through conferences, research, seminars, and other activities;
- Payroll Fraud & Underground Economy - a project exploring wage theft, misclassification, the expansion of the underground economy and the consequences of these trends for the enforcement of labor standards;
- Science and Engineering Workforce Project (SEWP) - a program that mobilizes a dedicated network of researchers for advancing social science understanding of science and engineering.
Additionally, the Labor and Worklife Program administers and awards fellowships on labor and the world of work for the Jacob Wertheim Research Fellowship for the Betterment of Industrial Relationships and the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund.