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Columbia Law School

1993

Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law

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The Prospects Of Pension Fund Socialism, William H. Simon Jan 1993

The Prospects Of Pension Fund Socialism, William H. Simon

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A substantial portion of corporate shareholdings in the United States is held by pension funds that secure retirement benefits for broad segments of the workforce. A number of commentators have argued that the assets secured by these pension funds should be used to promote the creation of a more democratic and egalitarian economy. Specifically, pension assets could be invested in projects that are deemed socially worthwhile, wielded in strategic "corporate campaigns" against companies resisting unionization, or directed toward allowing workers to obtain control over their own companies. This program of employing pension assets in the pursuit of a more democratic ...