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Labor's Last Best Weapon


What power does labor have over the portfolio companies that control their pensions?

In short: quite a lot.

In his captivating book, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor's Last Best Weapon, David Webber (Boston University School of Law) reviews recent cases where multibillion-dollar pension funds flexed their muscles and launched shareholder actions against companies to protect their working-class contributors' interests, and details the profound impact they have had - from unseating entrenched board members at Safeway to divesting from anti-labor and gun companies.   

In our webcast interview, Prof. Webber and Doug Chia (Executive Director, Governance Center) discuss:

  • The strengths/weaknesses of various tools working-class shareholders can use to to effect change at companies (strikes, shareholder actions, etc.)
  • Common triggers among pension funds which made them spring into action (Safeway, Home Depot. etc.)
  • Ways labor should engage with their portfolio companies
  • How a shift from long-termism should incorporate labor concerns
  • The future for labor capital as a market force

This "Book Discussion" interview is available for you to view at your convenience by clicking on the button below.


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Douglas Chia
President, Soundboard Governance LLC
Fellow, Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance

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Douglas Chia

David Webber
Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law

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David Webber