November 12, 2018

Worker Advocates Gather at MIT Sloan

Kate O'Hara (left), Executive Director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), and Palak Shah (right), Social Innovations Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, participated in a panel discussion at the Worker Voice workshop held at the MIT Sloan School on November 8th and 9th.

What are the most promising strategies for strengthening U.S. workers' bargaining power and voice in the workplace?  That was a key question addressed during an invitation-only workshop on worker voice held November 8th and 9th at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

The approximately 50 attendees at the worker voice conference included a mix of labor union leaders, worker advocates from outside of the traditional labor movement, and scholars who study work and employment issues. The workshop, which was organized by the Good Companies, Good Job Initiative at MIT Sloan as part of the Initiative's worker voice research project, began with an overview of some recent survey findings on worker voice. After that, the program included both panel discussions and informal small-group conversations, with a focus on sharing innovative strategies for improving employees' bargaining power and voice in the workplace, as well as the obstacles to doing so. 

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