Gerstein, Terri

2018
Finally, NYC Is Doing Right by Lyft and Uber Drivers
Terri Gerstein. 12/7/2018. “Finally, NYC Is Doing Right by Lyft and Uber Drivers.” Slate.
Two Top Conservative Judges Offer Plan to End Discovery for Most Litigants
Terri Gerstein. 12/6/2018. “Two Top Conservative Judges Offer Plan to End Discovery for Most Litigants.” Slate. Publisher's Version
Trump Is Even Worse at Enforcing White-Collar Crimes Than George W. Bush Was
Terri Gerstein. 12/4/2018. “Trump Is Even Worse at Enforcing White-Collar Crimes Than George W. Bush Was.” Slate.
Newly Elected Democratic Governors and Legislatures Should Enact These Labor Initiatives Right Away
Terri Gerstein. 11/26/2018. “Newly Elected Democratic Governors and Legislatures Should Enact These Labor Initiatives Right Away.” Slate. Publisher's Version
End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment. Then Do More.
Terri Gerstein. 11/14/2018. “End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment. Then Do More.” New York Times. Publisher's Version
How States Can Enforce Workers’ Rights When Trump and His Supremes Don’t Want To
Terri Gerstein and David Seligman. 11/14/2018. “How States Can Enforce Workers’ Rights When Trump and His Supremes Don’t Want To.” The American Prospect. Publisher's Version
Why a Vote for State Attorney General Is One of the Most Important Ballots to Cast on Tuesday
Terri Gerstein. 11/2/2018. “Why a Vote for State Attorney General Is One of the Most Important Ballots to Cast on Tuesday.” Slate.com. 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
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. 

 

Labor Department's program on wage theft enforcement is the wrong approach
Terri Gerstein. 3/22/2018. “Labor Department's program on wage theft enforcement is the wrong approach.” The Hill. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Imagine a robber enters a bank, demands the contents of the safe, flees with bags of cash, and once caught, has to do one thing: return the stolen money and promise not to do it again.  No penalty, no prosecution, no additional deterrent. More people would likely think, "Why not try? If I get caught, the worst that could happen is I would give the money back.”

The federal labor department this month announced a nationwide pilot program which is pretty close to this scenario.  Under the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, the U.S. Department of Labor would enable employers who have underpaid their hard-working employees to simply pay back those wages owed, while avoiding any penalties and damages. It’s a cute acronym for a very bad idea.

2017
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Sharon Block and Terri Gerstein. 12/2/2017. “We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment.” The Guardian. Publisher's Version