Date(s) - February 18, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia

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


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

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.


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.


5:30 pm – Social Hour (heavy appetizers provided; cash bar)
6:15 pm – Program


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



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