This course will examine the law governing collective labor relations. We will study the National Labor Relations Act and the processes of union organizing and collective bargaining that the NLRA establishes. We will also consider historical and comparative perspectives on labor law, emerging forms of worker organization and union strategies outside the scope of the NLRA, and law reform proposals that have arisen in the face of an aging labor law regime. We will explore the intersection of labor and immigration law, union participation in the political process, and emerging systems that address the problem of labor in the global supply chain. Throughout the course, we will ask: To what extent does or should labor law encourage worker participation and economic redistribution? How should labor law be reformed to address ongoing transformations in corporate organization, economic globalization, and shifting conceptions of class identity? There is no prerequisite for the course.
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