Clean Slate

2021
Inequality and the Labor Market The Case for Greater Competition
Sharon Block and Benjamin H. Harris. 4/6/2021. Inequality and the Labor Market The Case for Greater Competition, Pp. 261. Brookings Institution Press. Publisher's VersionAbstract

As the United States continues to struggle with the impact of the devastating COVID-19 recession, policymakers have an opportunity to redress the competition problems in our labor markets. Making the right policy choices, however, requires a deep understanding of long-term, multidimensional problems. That will be solved only by looking to the failures and unrealized opportunities in anti-trust and labor law.

For decades, competition in the U.S. labor market has declined, with the result that American workers have experienced slow wage growth and diminishing job quality. While sluggish productivity growth, rising globalization, and declining union representation are traditionally cited as factors for this historic imbalance in economic power, weak competition in the labor market is increasingly being recognized as a factor as well.

This book by noted experts frames the legal and economic consequences of this imbalance and presents a series of urgently needed reforms of both labor and anti-trust laws to improve outcomes for American workers. These include higher wages, safer workplaces, increased ability to report labor violations, greater mobility, more opportunities for workers to build power, and overall better labor protections.

Inequality and the Labor Market will interest anyone who cares about building a progressive economic agenda or who has a marked interest in labor policy. It also will appeal to anyone hoping to influence or anticipate the much-needed progressive agenda for the United States. The book’s unusual scope provides prescriptions that, as Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz notes in the introduction, map a path for rebalancing power, not just in our economy but in our democracy.

2020
Worker Power and Voice in the Pandemic Response
Benjamin. Sachs and Sharon Block. 6/2020. Worker Power and Voice in the Pandemic Response. Clean Slate for Worker Power. Publisher's Version
Why the Pandemic Paves the Way for Labor Reform
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 5/20/2020. “Why the Pandemic Paves the Way for Labor Reform”.
Clean Slate for Worker Power: Building a Just Economy and Democracy clean slate for EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 1/23/2020. Clean Slate for Worker Power: Building a Just Economy and Democracy clean slate for EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Clean Slate for Worker Power. Publisher's Version
Clean Slate for Worker Power: Building a Just Economy and Democracy
Benjamin I. Sachs and Sharon Block. 1/23/2020. Clean Slate for Worker Power: Building a Just Economy and Democracy. Clean Slate for Worker Power. Publisher's Version
2019
Addressing Racial Exclusion Through Sectoral Bargaining
Christine Blumauer. 7/23/2019. “Addressing Racial Exclusion Through Sectoral Bargaining.” OnLabor.org.
2018
This Labor Day, A Clean Slate for Reform
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 9/3/2018. “This Labor Day, A Clean Slate for Reform.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version