Worker-Elected Councils and Board Members

Policy or Initiative Description

Policymakers should create worker-elected work councils and require a certain level of worker representation on corporate boards. Employers should be pushed to give workers a greater voice in decision-making that affects them, and workers need to be part of strategizing how to ensure automation decisions are made to benefit not only shareholders, but also workers and communities.


Two federal level legislative efforts have been introduced to mandate worker-elected representatives on corporate boards- the Accountable Capitalism Act and Reward Work Act. European countries have a long history of board-level employee representation and there is a growing body of literature highlighting the benefits.


Andrea Gupta, "What We Do and Don't Know AboutWorker Representation on Boards." Harvard Business Review. September 2018.



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