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Michael Schorsch
Labor and civil rights attorney. Occasional writer. Contributor to . Find me professionally at . Opinions my own.
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Michael Schorsch Aug 16
Kinda wonder if he's playing 4 dimensional chess and pushing the envelope so that eventually all restrictions on coercive speech in NLRA get struck down under deregulatory 1st Amendment. Probably I'm just being paranoid.
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Briana 🎹👑 Aug 12
A reality show in which CEOs have to live off their lowest paid employee’s salary for a month.
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Michael Schorsch Aug 6
Yikes. I do some representation of artists and this is pretty bad. Under fed law I don't think you get to destroy a work of art just bc it's been partially defaced. Hebru Brantley might have a VARA (Visual Artists Rights Act) claim against Chicago.
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Michael Schorsch Aug 2
Replying to @maytheschorsch
I'd be curious if anyone knows: has an arbitrator in a case brought by an individual employee *ever* issued a broad antitrust decision against the employer? My guess is no, but I'm unsure.
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Michael Schorsch Aug 2
After Epic Systems, we need the FTC (and state AGs) to step up enforcement against wage-suppression schemes like this. Because otherwise there will be *no* way to stop them on a company wide or industry wide basis.
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Andrew Baker Aug 1
Kind of wish law people would be as skeptical about empirical work as empiricists are.
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Michael Schorsch Aug 2
Replying to @DouthatNYT
Maybe w/o realizing it, you're describing what happened to the teaching on usury during the high middle ages. Original teaching against lending money at interest still exists but is a "hermetic secret... invisible in the normal public teaching of the church."
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Michael Schorsch Jul 25
Zach Lowe man. Zach Lowe. He's the best sports writer in America and can write about almost anything he wants. He writes about pregnancy in the workplace. You can def quibble with some of the framing of the story. But pro sports are a weird world. Zach Lowe gets it.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 13
power has driven him mad
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Michael Schorsch Jul 10
With gerrymandering, electoral college victories, roll back of voting rights, obstruction of Obama's court picks... we're watching the infrastructure of long term minority rule being built. Not a coincidence that most of those tactics were perfected in the Jim Crow South.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 10
"My advice to workers is to fasten your seatbelts (while you still have them) because it’s going to be a bumpy ride."
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Sanjukta Paul Jul 8
Replying to @AustinFrerick
The crimes that Nestle &c perpetuated in this regard upon the poorest within already poor, formerly colonized nations (eg. India) are truly crimes against humanity. They pushed infant formula upon poor women with the knowledge & purpose that it would cause their milk to run dry.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 7
Janus thought. In these fair share clawback/freeloader lawsuits, the unions should be entitled to qualified immunity--which extends to private parties acting pursuant to government *contracts*. Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez. Sounds like a public sector union to me.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 7
On viewing a string of recent Supreme Court cases, incl. Janus, as decisions to undo compromises that lacked ideological consistency but that basically *worked*. Worth a read. (The piece is more thoughtful than the headline suggests.)
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Michael Schorsch Jul 6
Replying to @maytheschorsch
Conversations, person to person. We need to help ppl see that working for these contractors is not a legitimate way to make a living. That they can do something else. Like sidewalk counselors, but outside ICE contractors' parking lots instead of outside abortion clinics.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 6
Replying to @maytheschorsch
We need to have real, hard conversations with regular people--neighbors, acquaintances, yes even strangers--who work for the companies that profiteer from gravely immoral acts like the Trump administration's kidnapping policy.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 6
During the height of the Iraq War I used to try to convince people not to participate in it. Like at the corporate HQ of ATK, a cluster bomb manufacturer whose weapons were killing kids. I think the public confrontations need to go beyond heads of depts.
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Fiona Scott Morton Jul 3
DOJ told Judge Leon it would be in AT&T's interest to raise prices after the merger with TimeWarner. AT&T Execs testified they would not. Now, only 3 weeks after the merger prices are going up! Gov't and economic theory both proved right!
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Michael Schorsch Jul 3
Replying to @maytheschorsch
And note that I say "rebound effect" instead of "market correction." Labor market for NBA players is so small and so distorted that we can't assume theoretical market principles apply in predictable ways.
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Michael Schorsch Jul 3
Replying to @maytheschorsch
The downside risk was that teams would overpay by so much that there'd be a rebound effect, and the next round of contracts would be *smaller* than before. And at least so far this is what happened. But NBAPA's gambit might still pay off in medium term (like 3 more yrs).
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