Category Labor Policy

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]

Should There Be Labor Laws for YouTube Content Creators?

Cory Lancaster, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On April 3, 2017, Nasim Aghdam shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters out of frustration in part because the company stopped monetizing the videos she posted on her channel. Aghdam, a full-time YouTuber, was a vegan who posted content regarding animal rights, health, fitness, and music. Her entire […]

GW WonkCast S3E4-3: Above the Fold: Automation and the U.S. Workforce

This week’s Above the Fold covers domestic automation and how new technologies and artificial intelligence are impacting the American workforce. Recorded live at GW’s WRGW radio station, GW WonkCast co-Host Katherine Lundie and blog Staff Writer Cory Lancaster join Harris Kay, Robert O’Shaughnessy, and Matthew Williams from the WRGW News team. Hear about the new Amazon […]

The Hours and Scheduling Stability Act of 2015 – A Step in the Right Direction for DC’s Labor Laws

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In January, the District of Columbia City Council Committee on Business and Regulatory Affairs held a hearing on a bill that would make the District’s labor code one of the most progressive in the country. The Hours and Scheduling Stability Act, introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At […]

A Woman’s Work: Policy Solutions for the Emotional Labor Gap

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives, with contributions from Sophie Krensky, Vital Voices Global Partnership When much of the national media dialogue surrounding the gender pay gap is devoted to overt discrimination in the workplace (or squabbling about how large that gap exactly is), a substantial element of the conversation remains missing – […]

Worker Self-Directed Enterprises – A New Way of Thinking About the Workplace

Ryan Thombs, MPP A democratic workplace in which the workers own and democratically decide how profit is distributed has long been the ideal of socialist thinkers. Marx referred to co-operatives, or democratically owned workplaces, as communism in The Civil War in France; and these ideas are echoed in  his other writings such as Das Kapital. […]