Action Alerts

    Dues for 2017 now due! 
    JOIN US .... by submitting your dues for 2017.  Dues envelopes are being mailed now or you can pay via PayPal.  

    Annual Cuba Research Program Announced 

    Click here for the 2017 brochure for the NLG L&EC annual research program.  Click here for the webpage with more details.

    Open Letter in Support of Workers' Free Speech on Black Friday

    Click here for the L&EC open letter, and see our statement on our Solidarity page.

    Report from ANAD ALAL Conference 

    Labor lawyers and union leaders from across the Americas resume international cooperation for workers' rights at ANAD (Mexican National Association of Democratic Lawyers) and ALAL (Association of Latin American Labor Lawyers) Congress in Mexico City from November 5-9, 2015.  Click here for a report of the conference.  Click here for more information about international labor issues.

    Law Student Opportunities - Conference call 

    On Tuesday October 20, 2015, join the NLG L&EC hosted conference call with representatives from the AFL-CIO, SEIU and the Peggy Browning fund to learn about summer and post-grad job opportunities.  Click here for details.  Click here for more law student information.

    Law Student Union Summer 2016 

    Applications are due soon.   Students who are 2L must file by October 19, 2015.  Students who are 1L must file by January 15, 2016.  Click here for more information from the AFL-CIO.  See our student page for information about additional law student opportunities.

    Brandworkers Annual Dinner 

    Stand with local food production workers at a turning point for justice and celebrate extraordinary Champions of Economic Justice at the 2015 Brandworkers Awards Dinner on November 12, 2015. You'll be joined by over 250 change-makers, community leaders, lawyers, scholars, unionists, and philanthropists at a stunning venue to demonstrate support for the Brandworkers mission and revel in a vibrant community.

    9 important worker victories in 2014 
    Click here to see story online or click here for a PDF. Published 1/1/2015.

    CA Wage/Hour Worker victory
    A unanimous California Supreme Court clarified that on-call employees required to spend time at their worksites and under the employer's control are entitled to compensation for all hours, including sleep time. In addition, the Court unequivocally held that state wage and hour law does not implicitly incorporate the federal standard unless state law and the wage orders contain an express exemption similar to that found in federal law. This is a tremendous victory for California workers. Great work by Plaintiff's attorney Cathe Caraway-Howard for her courage in sticking with this through years of litigation, Miles Locker on the Supreme Court briefing, and Hina Shah, who weighed in on behalf of CLIWA advocates with an amicus brief on which many of us joined.  Click here for the decision.

    NAFTA at 20
    CLICK here
    for AFL-CIO March, 2014, report, focused on the total failure of the economic model it epitomizes.

    Temp Worker VISA info
    CLICK here for Global Workers Justice Alliance Temp Workers VISA info.

    CLICK here for their May, 2012, report -
    Visas, Inc.: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the Temporary Labor System.

    Shiny Cars - Shattered Dreams
    The International Commission for Labor Rights issued in August, 2014, this report on precarious workers in the Chennai auto hub, their working conditions, and their challenges in exercising their right to freedom of association.  Click here for the report.

    Mass Defense
    The NLG assists in mass defense throughout the country.  Click here to jump to the page on our L&EC website with information about how you can become involved and with links to substantive material and to the NLG webpage with contacts throughout the country.

    Lost in the Debt Ceiling Debate: The Legal Duty to Create Jobs
    Jeanne Mirer, NLG L&EC Steering Committee member, and Marjorie Cohn, former President of the NLG, wrote an article published August 11, 2011 in and a number of other locations. This is a compelling piece and a must read for everyone.  Click here for the article.


    Current Meetings

    Information about upcoming events

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    -NLG Annual Report 2012

    -NLG Law Student info
    -NLG Law Student Chapters



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    WELCOME to the website of the NLG L&EC. The Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild [NLG] is a non-profit unincorporated legal association engaged in legal education and advocacy. The membership of the Labor & Employment Committee includes lawyers, law students, legal workers, and worker representatives. It serves as a liaison between the Guild and legal organizations that represent organized labor and workers. The L&EC also works directly with organized labor and other organizations that represent workers.

    PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS. We collaborate with the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee [LCC], the National Employment Law Association [NELA], and other professional legal associations on the national and local level. We also work closely with and support the Guild's Sugar Law Center for the Economic and Social Justice [Sugar Law Center] to improve conditions in poor and working communities.

    ANNUAL MEETINGS. The L&EC meets twice a year - at the annual NLG Convention in the fall and at the annual meeting of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee meeting in the spring. These meetings are open to all. Click here for more information about our meetings.

    ANNUAL NATIONAL EVENTS. The L&EC sponsors two annual events: a breakfast at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee conference each spring and L&EC programs at the annual NLG National Convention that usually occurs in the fall. Click here for more information about our activities at the NLG Convention, and click here for more information about our activities at the LCC. Click here for Special Events.

    BECOME A MEMBER. Click here for the membership page and click here to pay dues. Annual dues are $40 for attorneys and $15 for law students, legal workers, union members, and other friends. This is a national membership fee - there is no separate local membership fee. Please make your check payable to NLG L&EC and send to Fran Schreiberg c/o Kazan et al, Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94607.


    •Administrative Law - including OSHA, social security
    •Economic Rights - including unemployment insurance
    •Employment Law - including sexual harassment, age discrimination, wage and hour
    •Injured Worker Law - including workers comp and tort cases, disability rights
    •Labor Law - work in all sectors of the labor movement 
    •Legal Services - attorneys who focus on economic and workers' rights
    •Toxic Torts - representing workers and communities concerned with toxics in the workplace and community

    LOCAL ACTIVITIES. The L&EC promotes local committees who work with local labor movement contacts on labor and employment law issues. Local members identify their own issues. We have information about local activities here:

    Boston area
    Chicago area 
    DC area
    Los Angeles area
    New York area 
    Philadelphia area 
    San Francisco Bay area
    Wisconsin area

    STEERING COMMITTEE. The Steering Committee sets general policy for the L&EC during monthly conference calls and via e-mail. If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, contact either of the co-chairs. If you want to get involved in other aspects of our work or have a membership question, contact our staff person at  If you want to contribute to the newsletter, contact Henry Willis. Click here for more information about the Steering Committee.

    •Chair - Dean Hubbard or (203) 216-2262
    •Treasurer - Polly Halfkenny or (347) 453-5208
    •Organization & Membership - L&EC staff 
    •Newsletter - Henry Willis or (323) 655-4700
    •Representative to NLG Natl Exec Comm -   
    *Mentorship Program - Angela Cornell (607) 339-1903 
    *Student Representatives to the L&EC -

    MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. Click here for more information about the MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. Developing a lasting relationship with a mentor is key to the success of law students, new lawyers, and legal workers. Several NLG chapters have mentorship programs, and this program will both augment existing programs and also, where none exists, create a nationwide program with a specific focus on labor and employment law. The Labor & Employment Committee mentorship program aims to support the coming generation of Guild members, build our membership, and build a community of legal activists to support workers and worker organizations. The program began as a pilot project during the Spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year. We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Each mentor / mentee relationship is just for one year, but we hope the relationship will provide an opportunity for recent law school graduates, law students, and new legal workers to have a lasting professional relationship with experienced labor and employment law attorneys and legal workers. The NLG L&EC mentorship program also aims to provide mentees with career advice and to gain a better understanding of what is involved with being a successful Guild labor and employment activist.

    JOB POSTINGS. Click here for job postings that we have been asked to post.

    NEWSLETTERS. Click here for our newsletters.

    OTHER PUBLICATIONS. Click here for publications.  We author the Employee & Union Member Guide to Labor Law: A Manual for Attorneys Representing the Labor Movement.  We also post links to other publications that may be of interest.

    PROJECTS. The Labor & Employment Committee is involved in a number of projects and new volunteers are always welcome. Click here for our Projects page which lists various activities and also links to more information about each project.