2017

Isabelle Ferreras

The Right to Strike

May 22, 2017

Boston Review, 
By ISABELLE FERRERAS, Senior Research Associate, LWP

“'In order to win workers’ rights,” Pope, Bruno, and Kellman argue, “organized labor should act like a rights movement. History tells us that rights movements—from abolition to women’s suffrage to civil rights—succeed when they claim a few key rights, exercise them at every opportunity, and place them front and center in every phase of movement activity.'

To me, two words are holding them back: “acting like.” There can be no “acting like” for organized labor, for in today’s world of global finance capitalism, labor is the new frontier in the historic struggle for rights—which is in fact a phase in the struggle for emancipation...."

Richard Freeman

China’s “Great Leap Forward” in Science and Engineering

June 20, 2017

in Vox China
By Richard Freeman, LWP Faculty Director, Professor, Harvard University 

"This essay argues that because of its huge population, China’s Great Leap Forward in science and engineering has the magnitude (Freeman and Huang, 2015) mindful of the United States’ post-World War II ascendance in global science. China’s economic impact should put to rest debates over whether a one-party state with a sometimes overweening government can be truly innovative (Wei, Xie, and Zhang, 2017). As long as China’s eye is on the prize of knowledge, it will be a global leader in innovation in the next decade. "

David Weil

David Weil named dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

May 18, 2017

"Brandeis University has named David Weil dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective August 14. Weil, who will also become a full professor on the Heller faculty, currently serves as the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.  

In 2014, Weil took a leave from BU after former President Barack Obama appointed him to head the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with promoting and achieving compliance with fundamental labor standards, including those related to the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and family medical leave.  "

Weil has been a core faculty member of the Harvard Trade Union Program for many years.

Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world

Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world

May 1, 2017

By by Mark Anner, David Kucera, Dora Sari

Global Labour Column, 
Number 274, May 2017

"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. "

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How Elections Influence Judges

May 25, 2017

Interviewed: DANIEL L. CHEN, LWP Fellow
In NPR

"Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns... Chen says that judicial rulings, especially as expressed by dissents, become twice as partisan as the election approaches before falling back to normal levels."

[Download Chen's Article]

2017 Feb 14

"INFRASTRUCTURE: LABOR, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
infrastructure
Larry Beeferman, Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, LWP
Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer, North America's Building Trades Unions
Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest
Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress
2017 Feb 15

"THE OBAMA LABOR LEGACY"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
M. Patricia Smith
M. Patricia Smith
former, Solicitor of Labor
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. 

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