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Event Description

“Making Competition Work: Promoting Competition in Labor Markets,” will bring together lawyers, economists, academics, policy experts, labor groups, and workers, and will explore recent developments at the intersection of antitrust and labor, as well as implications for efforts to protect and empower workers through competition enforcement and rulemaking.

  • Monday, December 6, 2021

    10:00 – 10:30 am

    Welcome and Introduction

    Jonathan Kanter and Lina Khan
    Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission

    10:30 – 11:30 am

    Litigating Labor Monopsony: Mergers and Unilateral Conduct

    Participants:
    Rachel Brass

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

    Joshua Davis
    University of San Francisco, School of Law

    Michael Kades
    Washington Center for Equitable Growth

    Jeffrey Kessler
    Winston & Strawn LLP

    Fiona Scott Morton
    Yale School of Management

    Moderator:
    Doha Mekki
    Department of Justice

    11:30 – 1:00 pm

    Break for Lunch

    1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Labor Perspective on Competition Issues

    Participants:
    Lisa Frank

    SEIU Healthcare, Pennsylvania

    Iain Gold
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    John Marshall
    United Food and Commercial Workers

    Marka Peterson
    Strategic Organizing Center

    Shannon Wait
    Communications Workers of America

    Moderator:
    Miriam Larson-Koester
    Federal Trade Commission

    2:00 – 2:10 pm

    Break

    2:10 – 2:15 pm

    Videos from the Public

    2:15 – 3:30 pm

    Contractual Restraints that Can Impede Worker Mobility

    Participants:
    Richard Cassidy

    Rich Cassidy Law

    Terri Gerstein
    Harvard Labor and Worklife Program and Economic Policy Institute

    Marcia Goodman
    Mayer Brown

    Evan Starr
    University of Maryland

    Moderators:
    Daniel Gilman
    Federal Trade Commission

    Michael Lipsitz
    Federal Trade Commission

    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    10:00 – 10:05 am

    Welcome and Introduction

    10:05 – 10:30 am

    Morning Keynote

    Joseph E. Stiglitz
    University Professor, Columbia University

    10:30 – 11:30 am

    Information Sharing Among Employers: Harms, Benchmarks & Lessons from Industry

    Participants:
    Laura Alexander

    American Antitrust Institute

    Peter Carstensen
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Law

    Joe Harrington
    Wharton School of Business

    Doug Melamed
    Stanford University

    Nate Miller
    Georgetown McDonough School of Business

    Moderators:
    Ryan Danks
    Department of Justice

    Elena Prager
    Department of Justice

    11:30 – 12:45 pm

    Break for Lunch

    12:45 – 1:00 pm

    Afternoon Keynote

    Tim Wu
    Special Assistant to the President

    1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Building a “Whole-of-Government” Competition Policy

    Participants:
    Sharon Block

    Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

    Ben Harris
    Department of Treasury

    Raj Nayak
    Department of Labor

    Heidi Shierholz
    Economic Policy Institute

    Heather Boushey
    Council of Economic Advisors

    Moderator:
    Jack Mellyn
    Department of Justice

    2:00 – 2:15 pm

    Break

    2:15 – 3:15 pm

    Fireside Chat: Worker Bargaining and the Antitrust Laws – 19th Century through the Present

    Participants:
    Herbert Hovenkamp

    University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School

    Sanjukta Paul
    Wayne State University

    Moderator:
    Andrew Schupanitz
    Department of Justice

    3:15 – 3:30 pm

    Break

    3:30 – 4:30 pm

    Collective Bargaining in the Gig Economy

    Participants:
    Jennifer Abruzzo

    National Labor Relations Board

    Gail Levine
    Mayer Brown

    Marshall Steinbaum
    University of Utah

    John Taladay
    Baker Botts

    Sandeep Vaheesan
    Open Markets Institute

    Moderator:
    Eric Dunn
    Department of Justice

    4:30 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Karina Lubell
    U.S. Department of Justice

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