Terri Gerstein Illuminates the Impact of Unsafe Working Conditions on Public Welfare

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed a guest essay to The New York Times discussing how improving working conditions and bargaining for the common good benefits our collective health, safety and well-being (“Other People’s Rotten Jobs Are Bad for Them. And for You.” Sep. 6). “We should care about workers’ rights as a matter of social justice and basic humanity. These powerful and varied ripple effects suggest that everyone — not just low-wage workers or union activists — has skin in the game when we talk about raising the minimum wage or passing paid sick leave laws or making it easier for people to join a union. . . . It benefits all of us if the people doing essential work throughout our economy have good jobs, a collective voice and dignified treatment at work.”