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Public Sector Bargaining Around the World

On July 2, 2012, a one-day conference will be held in Philadelphia on public sector collective bargaining around the world. Leading scholars from the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Germany, Greece and Italy will discuss their public sector unions. Each country will be represented by a legal and a non-legal scholar. The conference has been organized by Matt Finkin from Illinois. Marty Malin from Chicago-Kent will be the legal scholar from the United States. The draft program is below.

This program is being sponsored by the US and Canadian Branches of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law and by the International Association of Labour Law Journals. (By the way, you should join the US Branch of the ISLSSL: It’s inexpensive, includes a subscription to the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, and provides great opportunities to network with overseas colleagues.) The program is being offered in conjunction with the 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association, which will be in Philly from July 2-5. As a result, this will be a good set of events to meet lots of interesting people from around the world.


Registration Information


Conference Registration:  Email your intention to attend to Steven Willborn at

Registration Fee:  The registration fee is US $100 for persons who are not representatives of member journals of the International Association of Labor Law Journals.  Please send a check for that amount made out to “Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal” to:

            Professor Steven L. Willborn
            College of Law, University of Nebraska
            Lincoln, NE  68583-0902

Location:  The meeting will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.

Accommodations: If you are planning to attend the ILERA World Congress, accommodations at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel can be acquired when you register for that conference.  If you are NOT planning to attend the ILERA World Congress, accommodations are available at the same rates (beginning at about US $180/day) at the same hotel. For instructions on how to do this, please email Steven Willborn at  July 4 is a major holiday in the United States and Philadelphia is a very historic city which will be busy at that time.  If you are planning to attend, you should reserve a room soon to ensure that one is available for you.


Public Sector Collective Bargaining and the Distortion of Democracy:
Do Public Sector Unions Have “Too Much” Power?


An International Workshop Sponsored by:

International Society for Labor & Social Security Law:
United States Branch
Canadian Branch
International Association of Labor Law Journals

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 2, 2012

8:50 a.m. Welcome

Steven Willborn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jeffrey Sack, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Toronto

9:00–10:30 a.m. North American
  The United States: 

Martin Malin, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Jeff Keefe, Rutgers University


Sarah Slinn, Osgoode Hall
Mark Thompson, Mark Thompson & Associates

10:30–10:45 a.m. ~coffee break~
10:45–11:45 a.m. Japan

Ryuichi Yamakawa, Keio University
Kazutoshi Koshiro, Yokohama National University

11:45–1:00 p.m. ~Lunch~
1:00–2:30 p.m. Southern Europe

Adriana Topo, University of Padua
Lorenzo Bordogna, University of Milan


Dimitris Kremalis, Kremalis Law Firm
Kaillopi Spanou, University of Athens

2:30–2:45 p.m. ~coffee break~
2:45–4:15 p.m. Northern Europe

Jacques Rojot, University of Paris II
Véronique Chanut, Sorbonne


Jens Schubert, Verdi
Berndt Keller, University of Konstanz

4:15–5:00 p.m. General Discussion

Is there a common answer across these countries to the conference question?  If not, where and what are the differences?  What explains the differences—law, institutional structure, “culture”?