Terri Gerstein Advocates for Worker Protections

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed an article to Slate calling for federal measures to protect workers following evacuation orders in the increasing events of climate disasters (“Who Has to Work During a Hurricane?” Sep. 28). “[W]orkers should be able to follow evacuation orders and protect themselves and their families without fear of being fired. . . . [W]e need better laws and more labor unions to protect workers from being placed in an impossible situation. . . . There’s been far too much casual devaluing of the preciousness of human life during Covid, and casual devaluing of workers’ lives starting long before that. History clearly shows that we can’t rely on employer goodwill to keep people safe.” Terri also coauthored an article for Slate condemning railroad companies for risking widespread economic fallout by choosing profits over humane leave policies during recently averted railroad strike (“Railroad Companies Almost Inflicted an Economic Disaster on the U.S.,” Sep. 15). “Overworking people or making them work while sick is just plain dangerous. . . . [W]e should remember what this fight is really about: the persistent difficulty some large corporations have in understanding that their workers are human beings, and not just one more piece of machinery.”