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Lost wages, serious illness and poor labor standards: The dangers of rebuilding Texas and Florida

September 11, 2017
By CASEY QUINLAN, Think Progress
[Sharon] Block is also worried about whether there are enough resources at the agency. In addition to the proposed cuts and business-friendly approach of the administration, there is no OSHA chief. She states, “Based on their level of staffing and resources and everything else about their approach on worker protection issues, I’d be worried about how workers post-Harvey and post-Irma are going to be effective.” 
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The Uncertainties of Being Asked to Work During a Hurricane

September 9, 2017

by GILLIAN B. WHITE in The Atlantic
Sharon Block, provides information on workers rights during a natural disaster.  Block says, "a major storm, even one that yields a state of emergency, doesn’t suspend labor laws. This means that laws that protect workers’ pay still stand, but because in Florida, workers are employed at-will, it also means that (barring a collective-bargaining agreement or contract stating otherwise) workers can still be fired for their absence. 'You can be fired for a good reason [or] a bad reason—as long as it's not an unlawful reason, which is usually discrimination,'"

Also reported in:usa today logoby Josh Hafner on  Sept 12, 2017,"Pizza Hut manager threatens employees evacuating ahead of Irma,"  [Read Article]

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Meet the Anti-Union Crusader in Charge of Rolling Back Regulations at Trump’s Labor Department

September 4, 2017

In Mother Jones 

"Outside of targeting unions, Trump’s Labor Department is mostly focused on getting out of the way of employers. 'Overwhelmingly, I would define their mission as a negative one,' says Block, who is now director of Harvard’s Labor and Worklife program. “It’s to roll back protections for workers. It’s to slash support for worker training."

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The corporate war against unions

September 2, 2017

by Jonathan Tasini

Richard Freeman, co-director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, points out, "In 2002 the proportion of workers who said they would vote for a union rose above the proportion that said they would vote against a union for the first time in any national survey: a majority of nonunion workers now desire union representation in their workplace."

2017 Sep 19

Labor Law Reform Symposium

(All day)


Harvard Law School

An invitation-only group of labor law professors, union leaders, worker advocates, public officials, and others convened at Harvard Law School to explore whether experiments at the state and local level could expand collective bargaining and workers’ collective action.  The Economic Policy Institute and Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) were LWP’s partners for this event.... Read more about Labor Law Reform Symposium

What Workers Want
Joel Rogers and Richard B. Freeman. 2006. What Workers Want. Russell Sage Foundation and ILR Press.Abstract
 This updated edition of What Workers Want keeps the core text and chapter structure of the first edition (Chapters 1-7 in the current book), while eliminating its appendices. The appendices reported the methodology, telephone questionnaires, and written materials used in the two waves of the Worker Representation and Participation Survey (WRPS), all of which is no available online at www.nber.org/~freeman/wrps.html. That site also offers an integrated dataset of all findings, ready for download by interested researchers, and links to other national surveys, modeled on the WRPS, conducted since.
New to the updated edition are a new introduction and conclusion. The Introduction examines how our original findings stand up in light of the survey research that others have done since the WRPS. The Conclusion offers suggestions on how to reform our labor relations system so that it delivers to workers what they want in the form of workplace representation and participation.
Why Do We Work More than Keynes Expected?
Richard B. Freeman. 2008. “Why Do We Work More than Keynes Expected?” In Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, edited by Lorenzo Pecchi and Gustavo Piga. Vol. Chapter 9. Cambridge: MIT Press.