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International Legal Studies Colloquium

2011 news archive


On March 24, 2011, Professor Dr. Frank Bayreuther spoke on the topic “Abolish Free Collective Bargaining? What Wisconsin’s Public Service Workers, Finnish Seamen and German Railway Engineers Have in Common.” Professor Bayreuther holds the Chair of Civil Law and Labour Law at the University of Passau, Germany, and was a Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School during the spring of 2011.

The right to organize in unions, to strike and to engage in free collective bargaining is recognized in many legal systems, but is also under challenge. Beginning with current developments in the State of Wisconsin (whose legislature has restricted the collective bargaining rights of its public sector workers), the presentation examined both similar and contrary developments in the European Union. These developments raise the question of how essential collective bargaining is for society as well for a functioning economy.