Charles Morris (legal educator)
Charles J. Morris is professor of law emeritus at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is an internationally renowned labor law scholar and authority on the National Labor Relations Act.
In 2005, Morris initiated a major discussion within the American labor movement with the publication of his book, The Blue Eagle At Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights In The American Workplace. Morris argued that in the absence of a union representing a majority of the employees in a workplace, the National Labor Relations Act requires an employer to bargain with a union that represents only a minority number of the employees. Morris argued that such "members-only bargaining" was once common practice in the United States, and he suggests that "members-only bargaining" should be used to jump-start the union organizing. Morris' conclusions have generated considerable controversy.
On August 14, 2007, seven American labor unions asked the National Labor Relations Board to force employers to bargain with their member-only unions, even though the unions represent a minority number of workers. The case is seen as a major test of Morris' "Blue Eagle" legal theory.
Morris is the author of three books and a large number of articles. He is a member of the national advisory board of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.
Now retired, Morris lives in San Diego, California.
- American Labor Policy: A Critical Appraisal of the National Labor Relations Act. Washington, D.C.: BNA Books, 1987. ISBN 0-87179-532-9
- The Blue Eagle At Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights In The American Workplace. Ithaca, N.Y.: ILR Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8014-4317-2
- Developing Labor Law: The Board, The Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act. Washington, D.C.: BNA Books, 1983. ISBN 0-87179-405-5
- Alan Hyde, "Reviews/Comptes Rendus: Charles J. Morris, "The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace." Labour/Le Travail. Spring 2006.
- Steven Greenhouse, "Seven Unions Ask Labor Board to Order Employers to Bargain," New York Times, August 15, 2007.
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