Just Wage Forum 2021 | A Just Wage Promotes a Decent Life (Virtual)

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 1:00pm

The Just Wage Forum 2021 is a series of conversations between scholars and practitioners on the Just Wage Framework & Online Tool

  • What makes any given wage just or unjust?
  • What are the rights, responsibilities, and roles of employers, workers, government, unions, community groups, and the public more generally in securing safe, decent-paying jobs and economic opportunities?
  • What are the best ways to tackle the persistence of structural discrimination and increasing economic inequality?

On select Fridays through July 2021, join us for Zoom webinars featuring a diversity of perspectives. 

Criterion 1: A Just Wage Promotes a Decent Life

  • Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC
  • Stephanie Gharakhanian (ND ‘07), Special Counsel, Workers Defense Project, Austin, Texas
  • Tom Stapleford, Associate Professor and Chair, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame



About the Speakers


Thea Lee

Thea Lee is the president of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Lee has a longstanding relationship with EPI, having begun her career here as an international trade economist in the 1990s. Lee came to EPI from the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women, where she served as deputy chief of staff. At the AFL-CIO, she developed a track record of conducting rigorous economic research, overseeing an ambitious policy agenda, and helping steer a large organization through change.



Stephanie Gharakhanian

Stephanie Gharakhanian is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northeastern University School of Law.  Passionate about the intersection between legal advocacy and community organizing, as a law student Stephanie worked with workers’ centers and workers’ rights organizations in El Paso, Boston, New Orleans, and Mexico City. She is currently the Special Counsel at Workers Defense Project, where she has worked since 2013. Workers Defense Project (WDP)  is a Texas worker center with offices in Austin, Houston, and Dallas that organizes construction workers and their families to defend their labor and civil rights and achieve fair employment. During her time at Workers Defense Project, she has been part of numerous campaigns to win local policies that advance the rights of working people and immigrant families, including the  statewide movement to earn Texas workers the right to paid sick leave. In February 2018, she was a leader in the effort to win the Austin Paid Sick Leave ordinance - the first sick leave ordinance to pass in the southern United States. Gharakhanian is also a trustee of Austin Community College; she was elected to the college's Board of Directors in December 2018.


Tom Stapleford

Tom Stapleford studies the human sciences, especially economics, where his work intersects American political history and the history of capitalism. He also has strong interests in virtue ethics, historical epistemology (the joint historical and philosophical study of ways of reasoning), and historiography (how one writes history). Stapleford is the author of The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics (Cambridge, 2009) and co-editor of Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (Cambridge, 2011), and he has published articles in a diverse set of journals, including the Journal of American History, Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, History of Political Economy, and Labor History. He is currently writing a book manuscript that uses virtue ethics to think about how to integrate expertise with democratic governance.



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