Study Group -- Opportunities for Federal Labor Law Reform


Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellows Johnnie Lotesta and Gali Racabi for the fourth and final session of their spring semester 2020 study group on the struggles and successes of the U.S. labor movement. In the midst of a competitive primary battle for the Democratic nomination, and each candidate brings their own set of proposals for the future of labor law in the United States. In this session we will unpack the Democratic candidates’ proposals with seasoned labor law experts and debate what we should aspire to in America’s future labor policy.

Guest speakers include Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, and David Weil, Dean and Professor of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Lunch will be served. Seating preference will be given to students. No preregistration or RSVP is necessary. 

Students are encouraged to sign up to the study group listserv to receive important updates and reading materials.

Throughout the course of the semester, the study group will examine unions’ past efforts to represent and give voice to marginalized groups within the workplace and without. The study group will also look at the role of the labor movement in important social transformations – such as the advancement of civil rights – as well as the organized attacks that have contributed to labor’s decline in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The study group will conclude with an eye towards the future, debating the prospects for aspirational labor law reform at the federal level. In these ways, the study group aims to shine light on labor organizing innovations past and present in order to deepen scholarly and practitioner insight into the possibilities for cross-sectional, worker-driven institutional change in the American context.