Recent Reports

Labor and a Biden NLRB

Mark Gaston Pearce, Visiting Professor/ Executive Director Workers’ Rights Institute Georgetown Law

In the area of labor law and reform the Biden administration appears to be hitting the ground running. From the President’s first day dismissal of Trump appointee Peter Robb from the position of General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) to the support of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and the Amazon organizing campaign, America might be experiencing the most labor friendly president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. How will this change of administration and apparent change of philosophy regarding worker rights affect NLRB decisions of the prior four years? This paper looks at what the changing of the guard might mean for a few key cases issued during the Trump administration. Also under examination will be the most current effort towards labor law reform presently before the Senate, the PRO Act.

Who Are Essential Workers?

This brief, published jointly with the Workers’ Rights Institute, provides an inclusive definition of essential workers, and finds that women, people of color, and immigrants are over-represented in the essential workforce and face increased risks related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Widens Disparities for Black, Indigenous, and Other Workers of Color

COVID-19 has highlighted how weak labor protections disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and other workers of color (BIPOC).