Prof. Hogler will discuss the decline of the labor movement in the United States. His talk will address three important areas of policy affecting labor that will likely be acted upon in the first few months of the Trump Administration. The first area is the National Labor Relations Board, where Trump will have the opportunity to appoint three new members, giving his appointees a 3-2 majority. This could result in the reversal of important decisions of the Obama Board. Second, Trump will appoint a new Supreme Court justice with ideological leanings the same as those of four current members of the Court, giving that faction a majority. One of the most important decisions early in the new term will be public sector dues payments. Will the Court follow the anti-union dogma outlined by Justice Alito in an earlier case? Third, the states of Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Ohio will be pushing to enact right to work laws. Republicans will also likely introduce and pass a national right to work statute. If these things come to pass, the end result will be the evisceration of the American labor movement and the further immiseration of the same demographic that put Trump in power. He’ll also discuss the subject on KGNU radio, Boulder, Labor Exchange, Monday Jan. 23, at 6 pm.
Dr. Hogler is a Professor of Management in the College of Business at Colorado State University. He previously taught labor relations at Pennsylvania State University. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Labor Law to teach at the University of Tuscia, in Viterbo, Italy. In 2015, he published a book entitled The End of American Labor Unions, published by Praeger. He received Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Please join us!