Block, Sharon

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
What California should do next to help Uber drivers
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 9/13/2019. “What California should do next to help Uber drivers.” Washington Post. Publisher's Version
2018
State and Local Enforcement: Stepping Up and Filling In on Workers’ Rights
Sharon Block. 10/25/2018. “State and Local Enforcement: Stepping Up and Filling In on Workers’ Rights.” OnLabor.org.
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
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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
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
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.” 

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
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
Minor League Baseball players are latest victims of anti-worker Trump and GOP
Sharon Block. 3/29/2018. “Minor League Baseball players are latest victims of anti-worker Trump and GOP.” USA Today. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Congress just killed workplace protections for underpaid minor league baseball players. Notch another win for the 1% under Republicans and Donald Trump.

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