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Labor Rights Under Fire From Trump’s Administration

August 15, 2017

By Sam Seder
Ring of Fire Radio

The National Labor Relations Board has been immune to any major changes by the Trump Administration. But that all changed when Donald Trump announced of two new Republican Board members. Sharon Block, the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Labor under the Obama Administration joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder to talk discuss Donald Trump’s anti-labor policy and how Trump plans to take us back in time on labor rights.

Mark Erlich

"A labor voice at Harvard: ex-union leader to study the underground economy"

July 17, 2017

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES
Boston Globe

"Mark Erlich was a familiar figure at construction sites as executive secretary of the state’s carpenters union.
Now Erlich is hitting the hallowed halls of Harvard.

He’s joining the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School as a fellow. He’ll be working with professors and researchers at Harvard and other universities on issues of wages and the underground economy." 

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Roona Ray

"Why I was arrested while asking Sen. Portman to vote against TrumpCare"

July 6, 2017
OPINION, EDITORIALS, LETTERS
Cleveland.com

By Dr. Roona Ray

"Dr. Roona Ray, a public health and HIV specialist, writes in the op-ed below of her arrest, along with nearly 40 other health care professionals and others, during June 28 sit-ins in and near Sen. Rob Portman's Capitol Hill office"

Dr. Ray has lectured at the Harvard Trade Union Program.

Mark Erlich

Mark Erlich

Wertheim Fellow
Research on Misclassification and Underground Economy

Mark Erlich retired as Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, a 19,000 member organization in March 2017.  A member of Carpenters Local 40 since 1975, he worked at his craft as an apprentice, journeyman, foreman, and superintendent. While EST, Erlich chaired the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds and the New England Carpenters Training Fund. He was a Vice-President of the Mass AFL-CIO and Mass Building Trades.  He continues to serve as a member on the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, MassINC board, and the Federal Reserve Advisory Council.... Read more about Mark Erlich

Jorn Boehnke

Jörn Boehnke

Senior Research Associate
Research on Retail Industry Behavior

Jörn Boehnke received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.  He joined the Labor and Worklife Program as a postdoctoral fellow in 2017.  He is also a research fellow at the Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications at Harvard University.... Read more about Jörn Boehnke

The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work
Erling Barth, James C. Davis, Richard B. Freeman, and Andrew J. Wang. 6/2017. “The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work.” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper, No. 23484. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This paper uses linked establishment-firm-employee data to examine the relationship between the scientists and engineers proportion (SEP) of employment, and productivity and labor earnings. We show that: (1) most scientists and engineers in industry are employed in establishments producing goods or services, and do not perform research and development (R&D); (2) productivity is higher in manufacturing establishments with higher SEP, and increases with increases in SEP; (3) employee earnings are higher in manufacturing establishments with higher SEP, and increase substantially for employees who move to establishments with higher SEP, but only modestly for employees within an establishment when SEP increases in the establishment. The results suggest that the work of scientists and engineers in goods and services producing establishments is an important pathway for increasing productivity and earnings, separate and distinct from the work of scientists and engineers who perform R&D.
Congratulations to Elaine Bernard for receiving the Sefton/Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations

Congratulations to Elaine Bernard for receiving the Sefton/Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations

March 30, 2017

The award, given by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resource at the Univeristy of Toronto, honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. Both practitioners in labour relations as well as academics have received this award.

The award will be presented at the Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture on March 30, 2017. This years speaker is Richard Yeselson, Labour Journalist, talking on "Trade Unions and Populist Politics: What The Trump Presidency Truly Means for Labour"

We are proud that our former Executive Director is this year's recipient.

[Info on Award]

Isabelle Ferreras

The Right to Strike

May 22, 2017

Boston Review, 
By ISABELLE FERRERAS, Senior Research Associate, LWP

“'In order to win workers’ rights,” Pope, Bruno, and Kellman argue, “organized labor should act like a rights movement. History tells us that rights movements—from abolition to women’s suffrage to civil rights—succeed when they claim a few key rights, exercise them at every opportunity, and place them front and center in every phase of movement activity.'

To me, two words are holding them back: “acting like.” There can be no “acting like” for organized labor, for in today’s world of global finance capitalism, labor is the new frontier in the historic struggle for rights—which is in fact a phase in the struggle for emancipation...."

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