How busy is local electrician Kevin Burton? “Sleep! What’s that?! I’d settle for a good nap at this point,” laughs Burton, an African American female journeyworker who’s not only the assistant director of IBEW 26’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Center but is also attending law school at George Washington University. To top it off, Burton (right) recently had one of her labor articles published in the nationally recognized Employee Relations Law Journal. “I have the lead article!” says Burton. “That is a rare privilege for a law student.” In “The Perfect Storm for Labor Reform,” Burton discusses why the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) needs to be amended to resolve the issue of employers purposely employing undocumented workers with no threat of penalty, as well as to fix the current law’s inability to punish unfair labor practices, and to add minimum percentage requirements for American citizens in the workplace. “Law school is amazing and exhausting all at the same time,” adds Burton, calling it a “Priceless experience.”
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