Publications

2017
Labor Day Opinion Writing Wrap Up
Sharon Block. 9/4/2017. “Labor Day Opinion Writing Wrap Up.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
WE NEED STRONGER LABOR UNIONS TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS
Sharon Block. 9/4/2017. “WE NEED STRONGER LABOR UNIONS TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS.” Newsweek. Publisher's Version
The Lost Art of Being Anti-Fascist: Another Reason Why We Need a Labor Movement
Sharon Block. 8/30/2017. “The Lost Art of Being Anti-Fascist: Another Reason Why We Need a Labor Movement.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
UAW Loss at Nissan
Sharon Block. 8/7/2017. “UAW Loss at Nissan.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Does Nissan Believe Americans Are Second Class Citizens
Sharon Block. 7/19/2017. “Does Nissan Believe Americans Are Second Class Citizens.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Trump Administration Walks Away from Overtime Rule
Sharon Block. 7/5/2017. “Trump Administration Walks Away from Overtime Rule.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Trump Taking Us Back in Time on Labor Rights
Sharon Block. 6/29/2017. “Trump Taking Us Back in Time on Labor Rights.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
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

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