Put the Labor Back in Labor Law: Evolution of Labor Law and its Impact on Worker Dignity

Sponsored by Law Democrats

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 244

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.

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