LWP

Forthcoming
David Kucera and Dora Sari. Forthcoming. “ “New Labour Rights Indicators: Method and Trends for 2000-2015”.” International Labour Review. DataAbstract
The Labour Rights Indicators are based on coding the findings of selected nine sources and compiling this information in a readily accessible and concise manner. It is designed to be used both by practitioners and researchers. It builds on five basic elements: the premises of definitional validity, reproducibility and transparency; the 108 violation type used to code violations in law and practice; the textual sources selected for coding; the general and source-specific coding rules; and the rules to convert the coded information into normalized indicators. The country profiles provide detailed and verifiable information over time that can be easily traced back to the original textual source.
2018
From the Mines to the Classrooms to the Statehouse: #RedforEd Teacher Walkouts
Sharon Block. 9/25/2018. “From the Mines to the Classrooms to the Statehouse: #RedforEd Teacher Walkouts.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Joint Employer NPRM: Hy-Brand Returns
Sharon Block. 9/17/2018. “Joint Employer NPRM: Hy-Brand Returns.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Sharon Block. 9/3/2018. “Kavanaugh's Anti-Labor Track Record.” Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report National Edition. Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg. Publisher's VersionAbstract
28 Minute interview
CHRISTOPHER MACKIN. 8/28/2018. “Silicon Valley and the Quest for a Utopian WorkplaceHow Google, Tesla, and other tech giants could fix the broken relationship between employers and their employees.” The New Republic. Publisher's Version
Labor Provisions in Trade Agreements (LABPTA): Introducing a New Dataset
Damian Raess and Dora Sari. 8/3/2018. “Labor Provisions in Trade Agreements (LABPTA): Introducing a New Dataset.” Global Policy.Abstract
Global labor policy through trade has begun to receive growing attention with the inclusion of labor provisions in preferential trade agreements (PTAs). Until recently there has been a shortage of available data that would adequately capture the variation that exists with respect to the scope and stringency of labor provisions, preventing scholars and practitioners from addressing key questions about the design and effects of the trade‐labor linkage. This paper introduces a new dataset covering 487 PTAs from 1990 to 2015 coded against 140 distinct items pertaining to six main categories, presenting – to our knowledge – the most rigorous and fine‐grained mapping of labor provisions. It also offers the first systematic description of key trends in the design and occurrence of those commitments. Our study shows that labor provisions have not only expanded in terms of their content and participating countries but that labor provisions have, although to a varying degree, also become more stringent over time. The provisions that have across all PTAs increased most steadily are the ones related to the institutional framework set up for the monitoring and implementation of labor commitments, becoming more specialized and more inclusive of third party involvement over time.
Migration and Conflict in OECD Countries
Michael S. Teitelbaum. 7/18/2018. “Migration and Conflict in OECD Countries.” In People Changing Places New Perspectives on Demography, Migration, Conflict, and the State. Routledge. Publisher's Version
Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap
Sharon Block and Terri Gerstein. 7/12/2018. “Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap.” New York Times Op-Ed. Publisher's Version
Ten steps toward a more competitive labor market
Sharon Block, Benjamin Elga, and David Seligman. 7/11/2018. “Ten steps toward a more competitive labor market.” Biden Forum . Publisher's Version
The Kavanaugh Nomination and Labor
Sharon Block. 7/10/2018. “The Kavanaugh Nomination and Labor.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
How Democratic lawmakers should help unions reeling from the Janus decision
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 6/27/2018. “How Democratic lawmakers should help unions reeling from the Janus decision.” Vox.com. Publisher's Version
Richard Freeman. 6/14/2018. “RADIO SHOW: This Morning with Alex Jensen, tbs eFM 101.3 MHz, SeoulINTERVIEW: 0614 News Foxus 1 with Richard Freeman: Minimum Wage and Job Policy.” podbbang.com. Publisher's VersionAbstract

tbs eFM (101.3 MHz) is the first all-English radio station in Seoul, and "This Morning" is a current affairs program that airs live from 7:00-9:00 AM (GMT+9) five days a week.

[Listen to interview] mp3, 11:32 minutes
 
CWS Surprise!
Sharon Block. 6/11/2018. “CWS Surprise!” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Free Speech Rights: Public Employees v. Football Players
Sharon Block and Maddy Joseph. 5/30/2018. “Free Speech Rights: Public Employees v. Football Players.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The NFL players in a very real and direct way are being forced to support publicly the political views of their employers at the behest of the government. The rule forces players to abandon expression of their own strongly held beliefs about racism, police violence, solidarity among NFL players, and the meaning of patriotism. Moreover, by making them stand during the anthem, the rule is meant to force the players to adopt, as Ben put it, “a particular vision of patriotism.” 

The Supreme Court has warned against the danger of government-imposed patriotic orthodoxy. In finding unconstitutional a law that required school children to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Justice Jackson wrote for the majority in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” 

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal
Benjamin I. Sachs. 5/25/2018. “The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal.” Vox.com. Publisher's Version
Epic Fall Out: The Supreme Court and Concerted Activity
Benjamin I. Sachs and Sharon Block. 5/23/2018. “Epic Fall Out: The Supreme Court and Concerted Activity.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
A recovery plan for Aaron Schlossberg
Terri Gerstein. 5/23/2018. “A recovery plan for Aaron Schlossberg .” New York Daily News. Publisher's Version
Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Workers
Terri Gerstein and Sharon Block. 5/21/2018. “Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Workers.” New York Times Opinion. Publisher's Version
Stealing From Workers Is a Crime. Why Don’t More Prosecutors See It That Way?
Terri Gerstein. 5/14/2018. “Stealing From Workers Is a Crime. Why Don’t More Prosecutors See It That Way?” The Nation. Publisher's Version
These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit
Terri Gerstein. 4/8/2018. “These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit.” The Guardian. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Why would dozens of news anchors recite a Sinclair Broadcast group script? Because their contracts entrap them

 

Above all, workers and their allies can take the lead in joining together to unearth and combat these abusive practices. Teachers from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma are rising up, seeking better conditions for themselves and their students. Workers at media companies have been electrified, too, organizing new unions in recent years. 

The Sinclair anchors spoke in unison delivering the company’s message. Maybe one day soon, they can take back the power and again speak in unison, this time delivering their own. 

 

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