49 Loy. L. A. L. Rev. 1 (2016-2017)

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          POLITICS AT WORK AFTER

                  CITIZENS UNITED

                      Ruben J. Garcia*

      There are seismic changes going on in the political system. The
United States Supreme Court has constitutionalized the concentration
of political power in the one percent in several recent decisions,
including Citizens United v.  FEC. At  the same  time, unions are
representing a shrinking share of the workforce, and their political
power  is also being diminished. In order for unions to recalibrate the
balance of political power at all, they must collaborate with grassroots
community  groups, as they have done  in several recent campaigns.
There  are, however, various legal structures that make coordination
between  unions and  nonunion groups  difficult, and make nonunion
workers prone to retaliation from employers. Thus, new ways of looking
at campaign  finance must be developed that strengthen the voice of
individual workers, and give nonunion workers the freedom to engage
in politics. This Article examines recent campaigns  to  raise the
minimum  wage  as case studies in politics at work post-Citizens United.
There have  been several successful campaigns to raise the minimum
wage  at the local level in cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, and San
Francisco. At the same  time, the federal minimum  wage  has been
stagnant. In this Article, I propose several ways that changes in the law
can facilitate the political power of low-wage  workers, and  thus
incrementally reduce the imbalance of political power between workers
and economic elites.


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     * Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
LL.M., University of Wisconsin Law School; J.D., UCLA School of Law; A.B., Stanford
University. I thank Samantha Bilbao, Charles Lee, and Joseph Meissner for their research
assistance. Thanks to Professor Nicholas Georgakopoulos for the use of the template.

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