Block, Sharon

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
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.
Alternative Facts at the NLRB
Sharon Block. 3/28/2018. “Alternative Facts at the NLRB.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Board Vacates Hy-Brand, Raising More Questions
Sharon Block. 2/27/2018. “Board Vacates Hy-Brand, Raising More Questions.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board vacated its December decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors.  (Ben and Sharon had called for this action in OnLabor last week here and here.)  The Board’s unusual action follows a finding by the Board’s Inspector General that Member Bill Emanuel should have recused himself from participation in the case.  The Board noted in its press release that because Hy-Brand had been vacated, “the overruling of the Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), set forth therein is of no force or effect.”

The Board’s action was a welcome first step in correcting the damage done by the Hy-Brand decision.  Most importantly, for the time being, the Board will determine joint employer status using the standard set forth in Browning-Ferris – a standard that takes into account the reality of today’s fissured workplaces.  Beyond that important restoration, however, the Board’s one sentence order vacating Hy-Brand leaves many questions about the future unanswered.

The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand . . . AND!
Sharon Block. 2/22/2018. “The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand . . . AND!” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
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Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 2/9/2018. “The Trump administration is abandoning McDonald’s workers — and everyone else.” Washington Post. Publisher's Version
Uber’s Political Program in the States
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 1/19/2018. “Uber’s Political Program in the States.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 1/3/2018. “Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018.” OnLabor.

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