Bill Sokol—A Brief History of Labor and Justice

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Contemporary Jewish Museum
12:30 PM
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Labor rights attorney Bill Sokol serves up an overview of labor history reaching back to the early hunter/gather practices of the Ohlone to the gathering storm of the contemporary gig economy.
Bill Sokol teaches labor law at San Francisco State University, in the Labor Studies Department. Additionally, he taught at University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, Laney College, and San Francisco City College. He also lectures widely on labor law and related topics. He hosted a talk show for twenty five years on Pacifica Radio, and was a legal commentator on NPR.
Sokol devotes considerable time to negotiating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in the construction industry. And he continues to represent Unions in their labor relations with employers and members. Currently, he practices primarily in the ERISA and Benefits area, representing Pension Funds, Health and Welfare Funds, and Apprenticeship and Training Funds. He serves as both sole counsel and co-counsel on these Funds, in a wide array of industries, from engineers to health care workers to teamsters, in both the private and public sectors.
Bill Sokol joined Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in 1976. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, receiving Phi Beta Kappa honors. After a year at Yale Law School, Mr. Sokol pursued a master’s degree in Modern American History at the University of California, which he received in 1972. Mr. Sokol received his Juris Doctor from Boalt in 1976. While at Boalt, Mr. Sokol was an editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly.

Inspired by Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, this series of gallery chats looks at labor and rest, our right to rest, and the long legal battles that entitled workers to an 8-hour day and weekend. 


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