Modern Labor Law in the Public & Private Sector (SD 538)


This course pursues a new approach to examining labor law by covering union organizing and collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors. Modern trends, such as the decline in private sector union density and the increase in union density among government workers, are considered. Other trends, such as the labor law protections non-union workers can invoke regarding their use of social media, the efforts of college athletes and teaching assistants to organize, and union organizing without a union election are examined. The role of the law in allocating power between unions and employers is one theme of the course. Another course theme is the peculiar role of history in shaping modern labor law.


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