CBAC Economics and Public Policy Forum

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

October 5, 2011: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

The Economics and Public Policy Forum is a monthly discussion group of Booth alumni and students who gather over lunch to discuss a pre-selected topic and reading material. This is a collegial gathering of equals and we do not present speakers. The topic and pre-reading for October is Unions and Right to Work States.


Kopecky, Schumacher & Bleakley, P.C.
Suite 1620
203 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Boeing has encountered a number of strikes at its unionized factories near Seattle, Washington. Consequently, when Boeing expanded production in 2009 it announced that it would build a new factory to make 787 Dreamliner jumbos in South Carolina, one of 22 “right to work” states. Boeing actually increased its workforce in Washington, did not close any factories, and did not sack any workers. Yet the NLRB’s general counsel claimed expanding into another state was an illegal act of retaliation. The NLRB is also suing two states (Arizona and South Dakota) because voters approved guaranteed secret-ballots before a workplace can be unionized. Join us for a group discussion on unions and the right to work. This topic has many parallels to our prior forum on geographical economy. Please read the brief articles below so you can more fully participate in the discussion. (Box lunches from Corner Bakery will be provided.)

Don’t bully Boeing, Barack, The Economist, May 19, 2011


$15.00 CBAC Members and Current Booth Students
$20.00 Non-CBAC Members
(box lunch from Corner Bakery included)


Register Online

Deadline: 10/4/2011

Speaker Profiles

Elizabeth A. Bleakley (Moderator) '02
Attorney, CBAC VP Continuing Education, Kopecky, Schumacher & Bleakley, P.C.

Dennis Aust (Moderator) '80
Managing Director, CBAC Chair, CharterMast Partners


Elizabeth A. Bleakley, '02