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Next Meeting:  February 18, 2020

TOPIC:    How unequal power in the workplace undercuts freedoms, democracy, employment protections and economic fairness

Dr. Lawrence Mishel, Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, will share his work on the false and pervasive assumption of equal power between employers and employees in employment law, philosophy, political science and economics. He has concluded that this misguided assumption of equal power results in weaknesses in our constitutional, statutory and common law protections in the workplace and limitation of our freedoms at work and outside of the workplace. “Large inequalities in workplace power also prevent workers from exercising the voice workers want on the job, including their ability to build organizations–like unions–that give workers the information, skills, and voice to participate in workplace governance and in the political process.” He concludes that policies which exacerbate the imbalances of power in the labor market are the primary source of economic unfairness, and perhaps much of the orneriness in our politics.

Join Philly LERA on Tuesday, February for a provocative presentation and discussion on structural workplace inequities and their impact. Dr. Mishel has worked as an economist for various unions (United Auto Workers, Steelworkers, AFSCME, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO George Meany Center) and taught at Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School. He has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, a master’s degree from American University and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in Philadelphia and is a diehard Eagles and Phillies fan.


MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS BY Friday, February 14, 2020!!  Email Debbie Murray-Sheppard ( or call (302) 577-5072.

Time:   5:30 P.M. Social Hour (heavy appetizers provided; cash bar)
               6:15 P.M. Program 

Place:       The Racquet Club of Philadelphia
                   216 South 16th Street
                   Philadelphia, PA 19102


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Please save the remaining dates for 2019-2020 Philly LERA meetings:
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020




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