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State and Local Enforcement Project

Commentary and Op-eds by Project Director Terri Gerstein


New Process Gives Undocumented Workers Legal Status to Report Employer AbuseThe American Prospect, January 31, 2023.

The Real Victims of Cancel Culture Are America’s Workers, The American Prospect, September 5, 2022.

In Massachusetts, a Limit on Gig Companies’ Deceptions, The American Prospect, June 17, 2022.

What Amazon and Starbucks Don’t Let Us Know, The American Prospect, April 13, 2022.

Is Washington State About to Deprive Its Workers of Basic Rights, The American Prospect, March 2, 2022.

In Massachusetts, a Limit on Gig Companies’ DeceptionsThe American Prospect, June 17, 2022.

Will Starbucks Bargain With Its Baristas, or Just Pretend To? The American Prospect, December 16, 2021.

Starbucks: Purveyor of Fresh Coffee and Stale Union-BustingThe American Prospect, November 23, 2021.

State Attorneys General Are Helping Workers in Hard Times, The American Prospect, September 7, 2020.

How States and Cities Can Protect Workers During the Pandemic, The American Prospect, May 15, 2020.

When Anti-Immigrant Mania Endangers Public Safety, The American Prospect, December 11, 2019.

Hard Lessons From the Hard Rock Hotel Collapse, The American Prospect, October 16, 2019.

Protect the Whistleblowers—and All Workers Who Speak Out, The American Prospect, October 8, 2019.

American Airlines Sues to Make Travelers SickerThe American Prospect, August 12, 2019.

The Chamber Speaks: Forced Arbitration Is Actually Good for Workers!, The American Prospect, June 5, 2019 (co-author Heidi Shierholz).

How States Can Enforce Workers’ Rights When Trump and His Supremes Don’t Want To, (co-author David Seligman), The American Prospect, November 14, 2018.

When Anti-Immigrant Mania Endangers Public Safety, The American Prospect, December 11, 2019.

CT Insider

The Guardian

These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit, The Guardian, April 8, 2018.

We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment, (co-author Sharon Block), The Guardian, December 2, 2017.

Huffington Post Contributors’ Network

Human Trucker, Frozen Judge, Huffington Post Contributors’ Network, March 27, 2017

Protecting Workers in the Time of Trump, Huffington Post Contributors’ Network, March 21, 2017

Morning Consult

With OSHA as an Employer Advice Columnist, States and Cities Should Protect Workers from COVID-19, Morning Consult, August 10, 2020 (co-author Debbie Berkowitz).

Forget Covid! Trump Says Regulations Are the Problem, Morning Consult, June 1, 2020 (co-authors Frances Colon and Diane Thompson).

The New York Times

Don’t Buy the Republican Appeal to Workers, New York Times, October 29, 2022.

Other People’s Rotten Jobs Are Bad for Them. And for You, The New York Times, Sept. 6, 2021.

What Happened in California Is a Cautionary Tale for Us All, The New York Times, November 13, 2020.

End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment. Then Do More, The New York Times, November 14, 2018.

The Dead-End-Job Trap, (co-author Sharon Block), The New York Times, July 12, 2018.

Supreme Court deals a blow to workers, (co-author Sharon Block), The New York Times, May 21, 2018.


How Corporations Keep Their Own Workers in Debt, Politico, Oct. 21, 2021.

The Progressive

It’s Time to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage, The Progressive, August 2, 2022.

Don’t Suppress Votes of New Citizens, The Progressive, November 18, 2019.


How Did Children End Up as Factory Workers in America Again?, Slate, March 1, 2023 (co-author Robert Carey).

The Supreme Court’s Conservative Supermajority May Sabotage Unions’ Right to Strike, Slate, January 11, 2023 (co-author Jenny Hunter).

The Supreme Court Could Not Have Timed Its Latest Attack on Unions Any Worse, Slate, October 14, 2022 (co-author Jenny Hunter).

The Supreme Court Could Not Have Timed Its Latest Attack on Unions Any Worse, Slate, October 14, 2022 (co-author Jenny Hunter)

Who Has to Work During a Hurricane? Slate, September 28, 2022.

Railroad Companies Almost Inflicted an Economic Disaster on the U.S., Slate, September 15, 2022 (co-author Jenny Hunter).

Royal Dutch Shell and the Rise of the Ventriloquist Employer, Slate, August 19, 2019.

The Trump Administration’s New Overtime Policy Leaves Millions of Workers Unprotected, Slate, March 13, 2019.

Forced Arbitration Is Unjust and Deeply Unpopular. Can Congress End It?, Slate, March 1, 2019.

Google Is Ending Forced Arbitration in a Monumental Win for Its Workers, Slate, February 22, 2019.

Workers Deserve Better Than Marco Rubio’s Woeful Noncompete Clause Bill, Slate, February 14, 2019 (co-author Jane Flanagan).

Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for Corporate Boards Would Be a Boon to Businesses, Slate, February 13, 2019.

Trump’s Labor Board Just Gave Its Blessing to One of the Most Deplorable Worker Abuses in the Country, Slate, January 31, 2019.

Howard Schultz’s Claims of “Centrism” Are Laughable Given His Record as Starbucks CEO, Slate, January 29, 2019.

The Shutdown Shows Why Progressives Need to Make Labor-Law Enforcement a Top Priority, Slate, January 23, 2019.

Five Years Since It Was First Introduced, It’s Time to Renew the New Family Leave Act, Slate, December 12, 2018.

Finally, NYC Is Doing Right by Lyft and Uber Drivers, Slate, December 7, 2018.

Two Top Conservative Judges Offer Plan to End Discovery for Most Litigants, Slate, December 6, 2018.

Trump Is Even Worse at Enforcing White-Collar Crimes Than George W. Bush Was, Slate, December 4, 2018.

Newly Elected Democratic Governors and Legislatures Should Enact These Labor Initiatives Right Away, Slate, November 26, 2018.

Why a Vote for State Attorney General Is One of the Most Important Ballots to Cast on Tuesday, Slate, November 2, 2018.

The Dystopian Sci-Fi Flick Sorry to Bother You Is the Perfect Film for Labor Day, Slate, September 3, 2018.

Brett Kavanaugh Has His Own “Frozen Trucker” Case, Slate, August 7, 2018.

Opinion: Why Coloradans should be skeptical about gig companies’ promises, Colorado Sun, January 21, 2021.

Are Employment Contracts With Unenforceable Terms Unethical? The National Law Journal, June 7, 2019. (co-author Brian Shearer).

A Great Father’s Day gift? Support for earned sick leave, The Journal News, June 16, 2017.

The Washington Post