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227 sec. 001 - Labor Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Catherine Laura Fisk  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Law 130
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32363
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 28
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course will focus on the law governing relations between employers and workers acting collectively through unions. Unlike most courses in law school, we focus on collective, rather than individual rights. Labor law regulates the collective rights of employees from the lowest end of the wage scale (e.g., janitors, grocery clerks, and home health aides) to the highest end (e.g., Hollywood talent and professional athletes). The law regulates the processes of negotiation and dispute resolution that labor unions and firms use to establish wages and working conditions. (Employment law, in contrast, refers to the statutory and common law regulation of the terms of employment, and Employment Discrimination refers to statutory prohibition on discrimination on the basis of various protected statuses.)

We will cover the basics of federal labor law: the major rules governing union organizing; labor protest and work stoppages as tactics to organize workers and to resolve negotiating disputes; the governance and finance of labor organizations; and the structure and functions of the administrative agency that enforces federal labor law. We will also consider the larger question of the role of collective action by workers and management in the regulation of working conditions and alternative worker formations, including worker centers, immigrant rights groups, gig economy worker groups, and so forth.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 8 hours
Course Category: Work Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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