Employment / by Helena Swanson-Nystrom

This episode explores what a social contract of employment looks like, given the changing nature of work in the 21st century economy. We hear from Tom Kochan, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management; Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Steven Pedigo, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies; and Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

You can learn more about enrolling in Tom Kochan’s edX course, Shaping the Future of Work, here.

For additional information on the issues we briefly examine, we recommend the following resources:

  • Thomas A. Kochan, Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract (MIT Press 2017).
  • Oren Cass, American Workers Need a New Kind of Labor Union, Wall St. J. (Aug. 31, 2017), https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-workers-need-a-new-kind-of-labor-union-1504220896.
  • Richard Florida, What the New Urban Anchors Owe Their Cities, CityLab (Sep. 21 2017), https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/09/what-the-new-urban-anchors-owe-their-cities/540588/.
  • James B. Atleson, Values and Assumptions in American Labor Law (U. Mass. Press 1983).
  • Mark Barenberg, The Political Economy of the Wagner Act: Power, Symbol, and Workplace Cooperation, 106 Harv. L. Rev. 1381 (1993).
  • Jake Rosenfeld, What Unions No Longer Do (Harv. U. Press 2014) 
  • Benjamin Sachs, Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1046 (2018).
  • Benjamin Sachs, Despite Preemption: Making Labor Law in Cities and States, 124 Harv. L. Rev. 1153 (2011).

This episode was produced by Mareva Lindo.

Thanks to Doctor Turtle for the music:
"Lullaby for Democracy" (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Doctor_Turtle/The_Double-Down_Two-Step/lullaby_for_democracy)
"Go Tell It On the Molehill" (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Doctor_Turtle/Flush_Your_Rolex_1416/go_tell_it_on_the_molehill_2)