Just Wage Forum

Join us for the Notre Dame Just Wage Forum 2021, a series of Zoom conversations between scholars and practitioners in pursuit of a fairer and more inclusive economy. 

Register here to join us for select Fridays where we explore with experts questions at the heart of our new Just Wage Framework:

  • 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?

Fundamental questions such as these are what the diverse presenters at the Just Wage Forum will address in nine sessions from February through July 2021.

When you register here, you'll receive specific invitations with details on each session, as well as early access to the recorded versions for those sessions you cannot make live. Mark your calendars now for upcoming sessions; if you missed earlier ones or would like to revisit them, watch the recordings via video links below.


JUST WAGE FORUM OPENING SESSION: PROMOTING a JUST WAGE ECONOMY

Friday, February 12, at 1 pm, featuring:

  • Clemens Sedmak, Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program/Professor of the Practice, History, University of Notre Dame
  • Charlice Hurst, Assistant Professor of Management, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
  • Donald Stabile, Professor of Economics, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Watch the video here.


JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 1: A JUST WAGE PROMOTES a DECENT LIFE

Friday, February 26, at 1 pm, featuring:

  • Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC
  • Stephanie Gharakhanian, special counsel, Workers Defense Project, Austin, Texas
  • Tom Stapleford, Associate Professor and Chair, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame

Watch the video here.

 
JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 2: A JUST WAGE PROMOTES ASSET BUILDING

Friday, March 19, at 1 pm, featuring:

  • Clemens Sedmak, Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Randy Kinder (ND ‘97), President, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, Washington, DC
  • Thalia Lankin, Chief Strategy Officer and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, Washington, DC
  • Judy Fox (ND JD ‘93), Clinical Professor of Law & Director, Economic Justice Clinic, University of Notre Dame Law School

Watch the video here.

 

JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 3: A JUST WAGE PROVIDES SOCIAL SECURITY

Friday, April 9, at 3 pm, featuring:

  • Andrew Schrank, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
  • Clayton Sinyai, Executive Director, Catholic Labor Network, Washington, DC
  • Emily Merola (ND ‘20), Research Associate, Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, University of Notre Dame

Watch the video here.

 
JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 4: A JUST WAGE IS FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION and FOSTERS INCLUSION

Friday, April 30, at 10 am EDT, featuring:

  • Charlice Hurst, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
  • Monalisa (ND LLM ‘18), business and human rights attorney based in India
  • Connie Mick, Ph.D, Senior Associate Director, Director of Academic Affairs, & Director of the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame

Watch the video here.

 

JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 5: A JUST WAGE IS NOT EXCESSIVE

Friday, May 21, at 1 pm EDT, featuring:

  • Dan Graff, Ph.D., Director, Higgins Labor Program, & Professor of the Practice, Department of History, University of Notre Dame
  • Sr. Emily TeKolste, S.P., Grassroots Mobilization Coordinator, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice 
  • Joan F. Neal, M.A., Senior Fellow, Government Relations & Strategy, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice      
  • Brett Beasley, Ph.D., Associate Director, Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Watch the video here.

 

JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 6: A JUST WAGE ENABLES PARTICIPATION

Friday, June 11, at 1 pm EDT, featuring:

  • Naomi R Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
  • Damon A. Silvers, J.D., Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Kevin J. Christiano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Watch the video here.

 

JUST WAGE FORUM SESSION on CRITERION 7: A JUST WAGE CONSIDERS PERFORMANCE, QUALIFICATION, and TYPE OF WORK

Friday, June 25th, at 1 pm EDT, featuring:

  • Katherine Maich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Patrick Regan, Ph.D., President of Crossroads Solar
  • Marty Whalen, M.B.A., Career Program Manager for Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters and Co-owner of Crossroads Solar
  • Anastasia Reisinger (ND '21), Just Wage Research Assistant (2020-21), University of Notre Dame
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Upcoming Events

October 2021

25
Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
26
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
29
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

02
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
02
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
05
05
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
05
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
09
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
11
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
12
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
14
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
14
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
29
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

03
Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
03
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm