Julius G. Getman

Julius G. Getman

  • Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair
  • Professor Emeritus

Faculty Profile: Julius G. Getman

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Professor Getman is a preeminent scholar in the field of labor law, where he pioneered empirical studies and continues to do extensive field work. He came to Texas in 1986 from Yale Law School, where he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

His most recent book, The Supreme Court on Unions: Why Labor Law is Failing American Workers, was published in 2016 by Cornell University Press. He is also author of Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement (Yale University Press, 2010), The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements (Cornell, 1998) and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education (Texas, 1992); and co-author of both Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1976) and Labor Relations: The Basic Processes, Law and Practice (Foundation, 1988). He edited a book of essays in 2004 with former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall (a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT), The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century. He is a former President of the American Association of University Professors.

In 2007, Professor Getman's first novel, Strike!, was published by Plainview Press.

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Professional Activities


November 28, 2012

Walmart and Unions

Quoted in articles about Walmart and unions in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Business Week.

October 25, 2012

"Arbeitsrecht und Beschaftigung in den USA" ("Labour and Employment in the U.S.")

Passau University Law School, Munich, Germany

Provided opening address at annual German conference on U.S. labor law.

September 10, 2012

Public Affairs forum

First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin, TX

Spoke about book Restoring the Power of Unions at the first Public Affairs forum of the year at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin. The talk was videotaped for later broadcast on ChannelAustin TV (Public Access Community Television) Channel 10.


February 28, 2011

Spoke on book Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement (Yale University Press, 2010)

Book People, Austin, TX, 9/9/10; Yale Law School and Local 34, New Haven, CT, 10/9/10; Culinary Union, Las Vegas, NV, 11/18/10; Union Privilege, Washington, DC, 12/10; UNITE HERE Local 2, San Francisco, CA, 1/6/11; Panel: Author Meets Reader, annual Law & Society meeting, San Francisco, CA, 1/8/11; Harvard Trade Union program, Cambridge, MA, 1/20/11 Heartland Radio interview, 2/3/11 University of District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 2/28/11


October 25, 2008

Ninth Vienna Globalization Symposium

European Forum Alpbach, Vienna, Austria

Presented paper \"The Changing Nature of Unions\" at the Ninth Vienna Globalization Symposium on October 23, 2008 at the European Forum Alpbach in Vienna, Austria.