David Weil

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.

2011 Feb 10

"Raising Our Sights: Fighting for a Progressive Vision in Sharply Contested Terrain"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Miles Rapoport
Miles Rapoport
President of Demos  
Paul Booth
Paul Booth
Executive Assistant
to the President, AFSCME

Opening Remarks by Paul Booth, Executive Assistant to the President, AFSCME:"Miles Rapoport is the president of Demos. What is Demos? There is an awful lot of Demos material out on the table there, and you really should indulge freely in it. To me, Demos is simply the leading voice in the United States for small d democracy. Its mission, as I see it, is this cause which it so
ably advances.

Miles Rapoport has a career that included personal involvement in Connecticut politics, to which he brought activism, organizational skills, and a set of real deep commitments."

Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

2012 Feb 09

“She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker”

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Brigid O’Farrell
Brigid O’Farrell
Mills College
Elissa McBride
Elissa McBride
Director of Education and
Leadership Training, AFSCME

Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride, Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME:
"Like Eleanor, [Brigid] knows that we can make real change if we link education and action. I hope you will listen, learn, and leave committed to honor the legacy of Jerry Wurf and Eleanor Roosevelt by passing on the knowledge you gain here to others, so that together, we can restore the right to organize and bargain for all workers – public and private."

Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

2013 Feb 14


4:00pm to 6:00pm

Saket Soni
Saket Soni
Executive Director
New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and
National Guestworker Alliance


Elissa McBride
Opening Remarks by
Elissa McBride,
Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME

Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride:
"Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Saket Soni has been a driving force in the effort to secure justice for workers fighting for their dignity in post-Katrina New Orleans. During the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, black workers whose families had lived in New Orleans for generations were denied jobs. At the same time, thousands of immigrant workers were given false promises of steady jobs, fair pay, great conditions and even permanent legal status...Saket Soni brought those workers together, linking their struggles across the lines of race and class and citizenship. He helped build a broad platform from which they could wage an inspiring fight for justice and dignity."

 Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

2014 Feb 06

"Citizens Derided: Corporate Politics & Religion in the Roberts Court"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Jamin Raskin Darrin Spann
Jamin Raskin,
Professor, American University,
Washington College of Law &
Maryland State Senator

Introduction by 
Darrin Spann, Assistant Director of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania 

Opening Remarks by Professor Jamin B. Raskin: 
"In 2010, in the 5-4 Citizens United decision, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court broke from government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people,' and gave us a constitutional blueprint for government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. It held that for-profit corporations have the right to spend unlimited sums—million or billions of dollars-- promoting or disparaging candidates for public office."

 Brochure of full transcript [Download]

2015 Feb 19

“Labor, Racism, and Justice in the 21st Century”

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Rev. Lawson and Naomi Walker
Naomi Walker and Rev. Lawson

Introduction by Naomi Walker, Assistant to the President of AFSCME

Reverend James Lawson excerpt:
 “…. to make a long story short, I want to try to say that the experiment to have a democratic society is the most important experiment the human race has launched, probably ever. To lift human life to a level where we have the capacity to govern ourselves and to live with one another and to create cooperation rather than war and violence is the great frontier for the 21st century and beyond. And in that act of shaping democratic society, unions are absolutely essential.”

Brochure of full speech [Download]

2017 Feb 14


4:00pm to 6:00pm


Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Larry Beeferman, Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, LWP
Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer, North America's Building Trades Unions
Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest
Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress
2017 Feb 15


4:00pm to 6:00pm


Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
M. Patricia Smith
M. Patricia Smith
former, Solicitor of Labor