Friday, September 9, 2011

Public Sector Employment Conference at Richmond

Hodges I'm live-blogging at the conference, co-sponsored by The Labor Law Group, Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis.  Kudos to Ann Hodges (photo above) for organizing it.  Here's a brief description:

The University of Richmond School of Law Austin E. Owen Lecture, in conjunction with the Labor Law Group, the American Constitution Society, and the Center for Leadership in Education, will host a free one-day conference, Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis, in the law school's Moot Court Room. This conference will bring together experts on issues relating to public employment that have been the focus of political debate in the current economic crisis.

A quick summary can't do justice to the quality of the presentations.  We started with detailed discussion of public employee compensation and pensions.  Joe Slater, Marty Malin, and Ann Hodges then spoke on public sector collective bargaining (or, more recently, the lack thereof).  Henry Chambers and Steve Befort spoke on the constitutional framework for public employment.  I'm looking forward to hearing later this afternoon from Laura Cooper the latest installment on her empirical work on labor arbitration.


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Congrats to Ann! I really learned a lot at this conference.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Sep 10, 2011 6:11:47 AM

Hi, I have been researching public Sector benefits and pensions. "the lack thereof" of collective bargaining. In Connecticut as it relates to the lastest SEBAC contract with the State of Connecticut. I appears the union actually is selling out the employee. Can you give a look at Federal Complaint filed in US District Court...3:10cv1471(MRK).

Posted by: Devanna | Sep 11, 2011 10:20:15 AM

After reviewing your website and one document I cannot imagine why no attorney has not offered to represent you for free. I mean, the Jewish Catholic conspiracy you discuss has me losing sleep every night.

Posted by: Per Son | Sep 11, 2011 1:31:47 PM

The nice thing about Federalist Society-sponsored events is that one hears from BOTH sides.

Posted by: James Young | Sep 12, 2011 1:22:09 PM

I do not know how this event was staffed, but James is right. The conferences that I viewed on the web from the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society cover all views.

Then there are outliers. I was at a conference several years ago at GWU Law about the future of the Nlrb, and Sam Estreicher gave the lunch lecture. He cannot be pinned down as being on any side. Pat Syzmaski and him were getting into it on corporate campaigns.

Lastly, more conferences need to hear from those who represent union objectors, like James. He has rightly pointed out that his group is not fairly lumped with management all the time.

I think this approach is the most balanced, if balance is the goal.

Posted by: Per Son | Sep 13, 2011 7:07:52 AM

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