Friday, 18 September, 2020
The William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and the Saint Louis University Law Journal will host a virtual symposium, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., September 18, 2020.
Traditional labor power is still an important force within our economy, as the strikes by GM workers and public school teachers’ unions demonstrate. Within an increasingly fractured workplace, however, workers are taking new approaches to collective action. Whether it be a sectoral effort to improve wages and benefits, such as the Fight for $15, or efforts within companies to promote antidiscrimination protections and fairer dispute resolution, like the Google Walkout, workers are expressing their joint interests and posing fresh challenges to the existing social, legal, and economic status quo. Changing technologies provide new opportunities for connection between workers and outreach to the public, but also give employers new tools for surveillance, scheduling, and organizational fissuring. This Symposium will discuss these new forms of engagement and examine the role of the law in facilitating, dampening, or outlawing the new expressions of worker engagement.
8:30 a.m.: Introduction
8:45 - 10 a.m.: Panel 1
10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Panel 2
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.: Keynote
1:30 - 3:15 p.m.: Panel 3
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Panel 4
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