Can Labor Law Reform Encourage Robust Economic Democracy?

Cambridge Handbook of Labor Law Reform, Richard Bales and Charlotte Garden, eds., Forthcoming

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-03

12 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2018 Last revised: 16 Jan 2019

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Brishen Rogers

Georgetown University Law Center; Roosevelt Institute

Date Written: October 29, 2018

Abstract

Our labor law guarantees only a "thin" form of workplace and economic democracy, one focused on encouraging collective bargaining over fundamental terms of employment, but limiting workers' rights of concerted action and expression in many ways. Progressive unions and their allies have historically sought a "thicker" form of workplace and economic democracy, one in which workers have a voice at all levels of the political economy. Advancing that vision today requires ambitious reforms: to ensure that our labor law protects all vulnerable workers; to guarantee workers real rights to protest and to strike; to make it far easier for workers to unionize; to expand bargaining structures; to give workers the power to co-determine rules at the workplace and firm levels; and to give workers a voice in economic policy.

Suggested Citation

Rogers, Brishen, Can Labor Law Reform Encourage Robust Economic Democracy? (October 29, 2018). Cambridge Handbook of Labor Law Reform, Richard Bales and Charlotte Garden, eds., Forthcoming, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283910

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