The Continuing Vitality of Unions

Source: New York University Annual Survey of American Law, 2014

The title of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law’s annual symposium on February 21 might well have ended with a question mark: “The Continuing Vitality of Unions.” In the event’s keynote, Professor Benjamin Sachs of Harvard Law School acknowledged the beleaguered condition of organized labor in the US, with ever-dwindling membership numbers and the passage of laws across the country hostile to unionization. Sachs stressed the importance of vital unions both economically and politically. “Unions are an essential contributor to economic equality,” he said. “Across time and across countries, the higher the level of union density, the more economically equal a society is likely to be.”…

Keynote: Benjamin Sachs

The Future of the NLRB

* Deborah Malamud (moderator) – AnBryce Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
* Wilma B. Liebman – Former Chairman and Member, National Labor Relations Board; Visiting Lecturer, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Cornell University Law School
* Kent Y. Hirozawa ‘82 – Member, National Labor Relations Board
* James J. Brudney – Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
* Zachary D. Fasman – Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP

Unions in the Public Eye

* Cynthia Estlund (moderator) – Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
* Randel K. Johnson – Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
* Thomas A. Kochan – George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
* Steven Greenhouse ’82 – Labor and Workplace Correspondent, The New York Times

Unions in the Political Process

* Samuel Estreicher (moderator) – Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
* Trevor Burrus – Research Fellow, Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies
* Michael A. Podhorzer – Political Director, AFL-CIO
* Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr. – Vice President and Legal Director, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
* Laurence E. Gold – Of Counsel, Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC