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Saturday, November 2 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Worker Voice

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Lifting every worker‘s voice: Sharing Lessons From Germany and the U.S. The transformation of our world of work through data, communication and automation is in full swing. Workers, unions, businesses, and policy-makers are facing fundamental questions about how this transformation will affect workers, future skill needs and worker representation. At the same time, our highly-industrialized economies are plagued by rising inequality, pressures from globalization and a downward pressure on the quality of jobs. In the U.S., there is a growing recognition that shareholder value maximization and the weakness of unions and labor law have contributed to these developments. The German experience has been different: The involvement of workers as stakeholders and effective industrial relations have proven very successful in confronting these challenges while maintaining a competitive economy and highly-skilled workforce. Does the German experience of giving workers a voice through works councils, unions, and collective bargaining offer a model for a way forward in the U.S? How would labor law need to change? And how do German companies navigate the business and political environment when investing in the South of the U.S.?

avatar for MARC BAYARD


Director, Black Worker Initiative Institute for Policy Studies
Marc Bayard is an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.  He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive... Read More →
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Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Sharon Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. The Labor and Worklife Program is Harvard’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society. Prior to coming to Harvard Law School in 2016, she was... Read More →


Director Transatlantic Labor Institute (TLI)
Carsten Hübner has served as Executive Director of the Transatlantic Labor Institute in Spring Hill, Tennessee, since 2016. Prior to this, he was a consultant on transnational union cooperation for the European and Global Group Works Council of Volkswagen AG and the German metalworkers... Read More →
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Works Council Chairman at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Business Services Schweinfurt
Oliver Moll has served as Chairman of the Works Council at the manufacturing company ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Schweinfurt, Germany, since 2013 and as Chairmain of the company’s European Works Council since 2014. Oliver Moll was first elected as a works council member in 1996, and... Read More →
avatar for COREY WIGGINS


Executive Director NAACP, Mississippi State Conference
Corey Wiggins serves as the new Executive Director of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) Mississippi State Conference. In this capacity, he is working to tackle poverty as well as advance racial justice and economic opportunity throughout this southern... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
HKS: Stage 3 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA