Put the Labor Back in Labor Law: Evolution of Labor Law and its Impact on Worker Dignity
Sponsored by Law Democrats
Date & Time:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
University of St. Thomas School of Law
With the ushering of the Industrial Revolution, the late 19th Century and 20th Century saw the American labor force grow by 600%. That massive growth came with significant worker injuries and abuses, and posed questions about the dignity of the American worker. In response, Congress passed several pieces of labor legislation - such as child labor laws, occupational health and safety laws, and unionization laws - aimed at elevating worker conditions, bargaining power, and compensation. However, those gains now find themselves weakened by globalization, education, technology, and a political reorientation. This conversation with Brendan Cummins, partner at Cummins & Cummins and counsel for the Minnesota AFL-CIO, will share his insights and thoughts about the evolution of labor law and how we as defenders of worker dignity should think about labor protection in the 21st century.