Friday, November 1, 2013

A Discussion of Vinel's "Employee"

We have previously noted the publication of  The Employee: A Political History, by Jean-Christian Vinel, Professor of History at Universite Paris-Diderot.  Now comes word that the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor is sponsoring a discussion of the book on Friday, November 8th at 4:00 PM in Healy 105, Georgetown University.  Melvyn Dubofsky, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, will offer comments.  Joseph A. McCartin, Professor of History and the Director of the Initiative, will preside.  The announcement explains:
As labor law protections grow weaker and employers gain more power in the workplace, Professor Vinel offers a provocative new analysis of this shift. He shows how decades of legal and political struggle over what it means to be an "employee" has disempowered workers and he suggests how we can reverse this injustice.