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Learning from the Covid Disruption: A Stop/Start/Continue Analysis for Unions

June 1, 2022

Elaine Bernard
Labor Notes

Just about every union activity has been disrupted or transformed. A period of massive disruption, how­ever, is also an opportunity for change. Seeing how quickly some of your long­established practices stopped, and new practices started, demonstrates that change is possible. 

As we (hopefully) emerge from the pandemic, we don't have to return to the way things were. Though the disruption was for an unpleasant reason, maybe some of the changes it prompted were good-they opened new opportunities or helped more members get...

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2022 Mar 16

2022 Harvard Trade Union Workshops

Wed Mar 16 (All day) to Thu Mar 24 (All day)

Location: 

Online on Zoom

Unfortunately, the Covid crisis is not over. We regret that a variety of obstacles blocked us from carrying out the residential Trade Union Program at Harvard this year. We had hoped and began to plan for the program, but it has turned out not to be feasible. Nevertheless, in our effort to continue to support and educate the labor community, we will hold a new set of online workshops providing potent ideas and compelling visions for revitalizing unions and democracy.

The theme for this year’s online workshop is “Democracy Under Attack: What should unions do?” The workshop will...

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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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2021 May 06

2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - Follow-up - May

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Zoom - online

We are excited that Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, and Larry Brown, President of NUPGE, will join us in the follow-up session to give brief remarks on the opportunities and future for unions coming out of the pandemic.  Elissa's discussion will include the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act which guarantees that public service employees in every state have the freedom to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.   

We will also have some of your fellow participants share how the workshop has impacted their...

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2021 Apr 08

2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - Follow-up April

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Zoom - online

We are excited that Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, and Larry Brown, President of NUPGE, will join us in the follow-up session to give brief remarks on the opportunities and future for unions coming out of the pandemic.  Elissa's discussion will include the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act which guarantees that public service employees in every state have the freedom to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.   

We will also have some of your fellow participants share how the workshop has impacted their...

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2021 Mar 11

2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - March

Thu - Fri, Mar 11 to Mar 19, 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 

online Zoom

Building upon the Trade Union Program’s commitment to education and guidance for the labor movement, we have designed a multi-class online workshop that combines the highlights and strengths of our core curriculum with a focus on current urgent challenges: overcoming the raging pandemic, navigating the economic recession, and achieving pathways to racial justice.

The workshop consists of ten class sessions led by experts in their fields. The workshop will not be a passive webinar where participants only listen to the experts, but instead this will be an interactive learning...

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2021 Feb 11

2021 Harvard Trade Union Workshop - February

Thu - Fri, Feb 11 to Feb 19, 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 

online zoom

Building upon the Trade Union Program’s commitment to education and guidance for the labor movement, we have designed a multi-class online workshop that combines the highlights and strengths of our core curriculum with a focus on current urgent challenges: overcoming the raging pandemic, navigating the economic recession, and achieving pathways to racial justice.

The workshop consists of ten class sessions led by experts in their fields. The workshop will not be a passive webinar where participants only listen to the experts, but instead this will be an interactive learning...

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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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