College of Law

Distinguished University Professor Lecture

monday, October 29, 2018
4-5 pm
McQuade Law Auditorium

Professor Joseph Slater

“The Distinctive Significance of Public Sector Labor Law: From the 1919 Boston Police Strike to the Supreme Court’s 2018 Decision in Janus v. AFSCME”

Professor Joseph E. Slater

While public sector workers comprise nearly half of all union members in the U.S. today, labor law in this country has traditionally treated unions of government employees very differently than unions of private sector workers, with public sector unions receiving far fewer protections than private sector unions. Public sector unions drew national attention in 2011 with a wave of anti-union laws. Even more recently, a series of teachers' strikes and the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision—which stands to damage public sector unions and the labor movement generally—have put public sector unions in the spotlight once again. Professor Slater, who is both a lawyer and a historian, will explore the history of public sector labor law and will examine its political and economic consequences, both past and present.

Professor Slater is the Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values at The University of Toledo College of Law. He is a nationally known expert on labor and employment law, with a focus on public sector labor law. He received a BA from Oberlin College, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a PhD in history from Georgetown University.

Slater is a member of the Labor Law Group and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He was recently presented with the national Paul Stephen Miller Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law scholarship.

The rank of Distinguished University Professor is the highest permanent honor that can be granted to a faculty member at The University of Toledo. Professors appointed to the rank of Distinguished University Professor have received national or international recognition for scholarship that has transformed their field, have made a difference in the lives and careers of their students, and produced a track record of professional service on both the national and international levels.

This free, public event is co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of the Provost's Academic Honors Committee. A reception will follow in the Law Center's Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick (SLK) Lounge.


McQuade Law Auditorium is within the Law Center, which is located at 1825 West Rocket Drive (immediately inside the UT West Entrance off Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street). Free parking is available in Parking Area 12 (lot adjacent to the law school) and Parking Area 25 (lot off Secor Road, next to the Gateway and behind Rocket Hall) with no ticketing except for metered, reserved or handicap spaces.

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