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2017
An Opinion on WHD Opinion Letters
Sharon Block. 6/28/2017. “An Opinion on WHD Opinion Letters.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
More Labor Nominees and Appointments
Sharon Block. 6/23/2017. “More Labor Nominees and Appointments.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Deregistering Apprenticeships and Devaluing Accountability
Sharon Block. 6/16/2017. “Deregistering Apprenticeships and Devaluing Accountability.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Chipotle Lawsuit and the Overtime Rule
Sharon Block. 6/7/2017. “Chipotle Lawsuit and the Overtime Rule.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
A Missed Opportunity: Worker Voice in Portable Benefits
Sharon Block. 6/1/2017. “A Missed Opportunity: Worker Voice in Portable Benefits.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
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.
The Myth of a Pro-Union Trump
Sharon Block. 5/24/2017. “The Myth of a Pro-Union Trump.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
Guest Post: Curtis Ellis Considered to Lead the Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Sharon Block. 5/15/2017. “Guest Post: Curtis Ellis Considered to Lead the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
More Falsehoods from OMB
Sharon Block. 5/9/2017. “More Falsehoods from OMB.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world
Dora Sari, Mark Anner, and David Kucera. 5/2017. “Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world.” Global Labour Column (Number 274). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Is compliance with international labour standards good for economic development, or does non-compliance give countries a competitive advantage? Are we faced with a ‘race to the bottom’ with respect to labour standards?...As old as these questions are, we still lack anything like definitive answers to them. Knowing the answers should not call into question the objective of improving compliance with international labour standards, but rather inform the strategy by which this is pursued. In spite of there being a fair amount of research, a key bottleneck in moving forward is adequate measures for many international labour standards, particularly for freedom of association and collective bargaining (FACB) rights which are intrinsically difficult to measure. To address this gap, new labour rights indicators and an accompanying dataset, both focusing on FACB rights, have been launched by the Center for Global Workers’ Rights at Penn State University together with the Global Labour University. 

No Era of Corporate Responsibility
Sharon Block. 4/10/2017. “No Era of Corporate Responsibility.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
Guest Post: A Letter from Sharon Block
Sharon Block. 3/28/2017. “Guest Post: A Letter from Sharon Block.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
The New Rules Hurting Retirement Security
Sharon Block. 3/20/2017. “The New Rules Hurting Retirement Security.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
Vetting Is About Policy, Too
Sharon Block. 3/3/2017. “Vetting Is About Policy, Too.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
An Obama Executive Order that Trump Should Love
Sharon Block. 2/2/2017. “An Obama Executive Order that Trump Should Love.” HuffPost.org. Publisher's Version
2016
Daniel Aaron, 1912-2016
John Trumpbour. 5/10/2016. “Daniel Aaron, 1912-2016.” The Baffler, online. Publisher's Version
Benjamin I. Sachs. 2/2016. “ Introduction: Labor Scholarship in an Era of Uncertainty.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Vol. 17, 1, Pp. 1-11. Publisher's Version
2015
'What Part of 'Illegal' Don't You Understand?' Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
John Trumpbour. 11/16/2015. “'What Part of 'Illegal' Don't You Understand?' Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.” New Labor Forum, Vol. 24, 3.
Joseph R. Blasi, Richard B. Freeman, and Douglas L. Kruse. 7/17/2015. “Capitalism for the Rest of Us.” New York Times Op-Ed. Publisher's Version
Political Entrenchment and Public Law
Benjamin I. Sachs and Daryl Levinson. 2015. “Political Entrenchment and Public Law.” Yale Law Journal, Vol. 125, Pp. 400. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Courts and legal scholars have long been concerned with the problem of "entrenchment" -the ways that incumbents insulate themselves and their favored policies from the normal processes of democratic change. But this wide swath of case law and scholarship has focused nearly exclusively on formal entrenchment: the legal rules governing elections, the processes for enacting and repealing legislation, and the methods of constitutional adoption and amendment. This Article demonstrates that political actors also entrench themselves and their policies through an array of functional alternatives. By enacting substantive policies that strengthen political allies or weaken political opponents, by shifting the composition of the political community, or by altering the structure of political decision making, political actors can achieve the same entrenching results without resorting to the kinds of formal rule changes that raise red flags. Recognizing the continuity of formal and functional entrenchment forces us to consider why public law condemns the former while ignoring or pardoning the latter. Appreciating the prevalence of functional entrenchment also raises a broader set of questions about when impediments to political change should be viewed as democratically pathological and how we should distinguish entrenchment from ordinary democratic politics.

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