With Corporations Dominant, How to Restore Power and Respect to America's Workers

Steven Greenhouse, Author; former New York Times labor correspondent

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 6:00pm
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Steven Greenhouse.

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Mr. Greenhouse writes: "By many measures, American workers have it considerably worse than their counterparts in other industrial nations. The U.S. is the only industrial nation that doesn't guarantee ALL workers many fundamental protections, among them: paid parental leave, paid sick days, paid vacation and universal health coverage. Moreover, worker power in the U.S. is weaker than in other industrial nations. In France 90% of workers are covered by union contracts; in the U.S. just 12% are. Last year, corporations in the U.S. outspent unions in lobbying in Washington by over 60 to 1: nearly $3 billion by business and just $48 million by unions.  Seeing how rigged things are against workers, this year the Democratic candidates are talking far more than ever before  about how to increase protections for American workers, expand unions and strengthen worker power overall -- proposals range from letting workers elect 40% of the members of corporate boards to letting all workers in an industry bargain together en masse for higher pay."


The Law in Public Service Series provides an opportunity for policy students to engage in a single-table off-the-record conversation with an expert in policy issues on the public agenda.  Attendance is limited and determined by the order of response.  Any student who commits to attend must notify LAPA at least 24 hours in advance of the dinner if they will not attend and/or should endeavor to find a substitute.  LAPA will maintain a wait list if capacity is reached.  Failure to give notice may result in disqualification from future attendance.

Steven Greenhouse

Steven Greenhouse was a reporter for The New York Times from 1983 to 2014 and covered labor and the workplace for nineteen years there. He also served as a business and economics reporter and a diplomatic and foreign correspondent. He has been honored with the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club award, a New York Press Club award, a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for his last book, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.