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Clean Slate Update

December 12, 2018

by Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs
OnLabor.org

 

Last spring, we promised to share information about the project we’ve launched at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power: A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Reform.”

On Labor Day,  we laid out our vision for this ambitious project:  (1) reimagining collective bargaining; (2) expanding the range of available worker organizations; (3) ensuring that collective action leverages power; (4) using benefits and enforcement to strengthen worker organizations; (5) updating other legal regimes to empower workers; and (6) addressing persistent, historical inequities that have plagued the labor movement.... Read more about Clean Slate Update

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More Employers Turn to Arbitration to Handle Job Claims

December 6, 2018

By Jaclyn Diaz
Bloomber Law

 

Many major employers, including other tech companies that have done away with mandatory clauses on harassment, maintain arbitration agreements for most wage-and-hour and discrimination claims. The use of arbitration clauses to handle employment claims is becoming more prevalent in the workplace, sources told Bloomberg Law.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys and worker advocates are hoping employers will end the practice for all employment claims, saying it’s especially harmful for low-wage workers.

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2018 Dec 05

Clean Slate Convening on Establishing the Scope and Power of Collective Action

(All day)

Location: 

Harvard Law School

Working group meeting of the Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law  Project

We must ensure that workers have the ability to engage in collective action that leverages power. The number of significant strikes in the U.S. has fallen dramatically. That’s because the law puts up so many hurdles and obstacles – it severely limits where, when, and how workers can act together. Instead of maximizing power, the law...

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International Advisory Group

Mission

The International Advisory Group’s Role in Clean Slate is critical.  For inspiration in coming up with reforms for U.S. labor law, the project looks to models from international labor law. The international advisory group provides expertise on those international models and how they relate to U.S. labor law.

Members...

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Domestic Advisory Group

Mission

The ambition of Clean Slate is to answer the question of “what would be best” for working people now and in the future, not just “what could be better” now.  To help the project answer this question, Clean Slate relies on a group of stellar practitioners, legal scholars, economists, organizers, sociologists, political scientists, and union leaders all devoted to rebalancing economic and political power in favor of American workers.

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Leadership

The Clean Slate Project is led by Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs, who bring a unique combination of the necessary expertise to take on this policy challenge.  Together, they have decades of experience in labor policy development.  Sachs and Block have taken leadership roles in exploring the most important of today’s labor policy issues, including the impact of automation on labor markets, growth of the gig economy, new forms of worker organizations and the...

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2018 Oct 09

Clean Slate Convening on Facilitating the Formation and Sustainability of Powerful Worker Organizations

(All day)

Location: 

Harvard Law School

First working group meeting of the Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law  Project

Purpose: Increasing inequality can be attributed in part to the expansion of “right to work” and declining union density, such that we need new ways to form and sustain worker organizations.  At this convening, we will debate how workers should decide whether to be represented...

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