March 30, 2023

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Central Time

The Right to Strike: Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Rubloff Building, Room 180, Chicago, Illinois

Join us for a discussion with Terri Gerstein and Jenny Hunter on the pending Supreme Court case of Glacier Northwest v. Teamsters. The Supreme Court's decision may create far-reaching implications for the ability of workers to exercise their right to strike for better working conditions.

Terri Gerstein is the Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Center for Labor and a Just Economy and a Senior Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute. She works with state and local labor enforcement agencies nationwide to help them build their capacity to protect workers' rights. In 2017, she was an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow. Previously, Terri enforced labor laws for over 17 years in New York, including as Labor Bureau Chief in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor. Before her government service, Terri was a nonprofit lawyer in Miami, Florida, where she represented immigrant workers and co-hosted a Spanish-language radio show on workers’ rights. She was a law clerk for Judge Mary Johnson Lowe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Terri frequently writes on labor issues. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The American Prospect, Slate, Teen Vogue, and more. She is a member of the American Law Institute, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenny Hunter is a labor lawyer, writer, and consultant. As a consultant, she provides strategic, legal, and policy support to unions and nonprofit organizations by coordinating coalition work, supporting organizing campaigns, and drafting reports and memos. She writes about labor law, judicial nominations, and other topics for Slate, Balls & Strikes, and other outlets. Before she began writing and consulting full-time in 2021, Jenny practiced labor law for 15 years, first as an associate at Bredhoff & Kaiser in Washington DC, and then in the Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union for 11 years. In her last 3 years at SEIU, she was the Lead Counsel for the Public Services Division. In this role, she served as the legal point of contact for the dozens of SEIU local unions across the country that represent public employees and publicly-funded workers, including state and local government employees, higher education workers, and family child care providers. She supported the work of SEIU organizing campaigns, including by drafting legislation to recognize collective bargaining rights for tens of thousands of family child care providers in California. Jenny is originally from Grinnell, Iowa. She attended Macalester College, where she majored in Math, and went to Yale Law School. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.