The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor's Last Best Weapon

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Harvard University Press
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
David Webber is a law professor at Boston University, where he won the 2017 Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence. He has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Reuters, and has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media, including Nightly Business Report, NPR's Marketplace, Knowledge@Wharton Business Radio, Agence France-Presse, Reuters, and others.
This book could be the modern bible of the movement to harness labor's capital for working-class interests, and it couldn't be timelier.--Teresa Ghilarducci, Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School
A riveting, thorough, and thoughtful book that is not only a fast and fun read, but contributes wonderfully to a new and ongoing conversation about inequality, dark money, and populism in the electorate.--Mehrsa Baradaran, author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
In The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder, David Webber shares the inspirational story of a group of ingenious individuals who discovered a new source of power for the labor movement: shareholder activism. Webber provides a compelling new legal and policy framework for using labor's capital to advance members' interests both as workers and as investors saving for retirement.--Jennifer Taub, Vermont Law School
David H. Webber argues forcefully that the future of the American worker is inextricably bound with shareholder power. It is only when labor's capital is fully unleashed, Webber theorizes, that American workers will then be able to win back control of their destiny. This is an important book.--Steven Davidoff Solomon, Berkeley Center for Law and Business
Highly recommended.--Nell Minow
[An] excellent book.--Arne Alsin "Forbes" (8/30/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Webber makes a persuasive case for the potential power of the pension funds he seeks to enlist in this effort [of exerting influence on the conduct of companies in which they invest].--Benjamin M. Friedman "New York Review of Books" (6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM)
Where Webber's book shines is in demonstrating how labor's capital already influences the working of the financial system, notably in its efforts to improve governance.--Owen Davis "Dissent" (10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Full of interesting bits of recent history, such as campaigns by CaPERS, AFSCME, NYC, SEIU, AFL-CIO and other union-related funds...Readers can learn much from the book on what works and what does not. The discussion of hedge funds may be particularly instructive to many.--James McRitchie "Corporate Governance" (7/24/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Shareholder activism should strike most thinking conservatives as perhaps the fairest form of activism. The shareholder has earned his seat at the table; he's bought the stock. He's got skin in the game and an interest in the long-term health of the company. This isn't some lawmaker or bureaucrat imposing a change from the outside, with or without an understanding of the challenges facing that business.--Jim Geraghty "National Review" (4/2/2018 12:00:00 AM)
A thoughtful, informed analysis of the issues raised when union and public pension funds assert their economic power.--David Marcus "The Deal" (4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Webber weaves narratives of activist campaigns (pension fund administrators, union staffers, and government comptrollers are the book's unlikely heroes) with fine-grained analysis of the relevant legal and financial concepts in accessible prose...Webber marshals a lot of information into a common sense argument that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the current labor movement.-- "Publishers Weekly" (2/12/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Webber sets forth a multifaceted plan for organized labor to strengthen its currently dismal position within the American economy.--Charles K. Piehl "Library Journal" (4/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder is a thoughtful, well-written, and well-researched volume. It should be read by any who are interested in learning more about capital stewardship and shareholder activism. It highlights the way that today's labor movement can leverage its capital to serve its members, communities, and the economy. Labor cannot afford to leave any of these strategies on the table. Webber's book provides a useful guide to how shareholder activism can and should be used.--Tessa Hebb "ILR Review" (1/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)