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William A. Herbert is Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York. His scholarship focuses on labor law, history, and policy including the impact of workplace technologies on privacy and associational rights.

Mr. Herbert is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. He is a co-editor of the treatise Lefkowitz on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law and has authored book chapters and articles concerning public sector labor history and other subjects.

His 2016 article Just Cause Discipline for Social Networking in the New Gilded Age: Will the Law Look the Other Way? examines the history and application of the just cause doctrine in employment. His most recent article, The Winds of Changes Shift: An Analysis of Recent Growth in Bargaining Units and Representation Efforts in Higher Education is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy. The article examines data from 2016 involving unionization efforts by faculty and graduate assistants along with legal and practical issues associated with those efforts.

Prior to joining the Hunter College faculty, Mr. Herbert was Deputy Chair and Counsel to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Before his tenure at PERB, he practiced labor and employment law for over two decades. Mr. Herbert is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

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