Just Wage Working Group

Just Wage Working Group: A Research Initiative of the Higgins Labor Program

The Just Wage Working Group (JWWG) brings together Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students to pursue the fundamental question of “the just wage” from a variety of disciplinary and practitioner perspectives. The JWWG’s explorations are animated by a foundational question rooted in the Catholic social tradition (CST): On what grounds can any wage be called just or unjust?

By foregrounding CST as a lens by which to view the just wage question -- alongside and in conversation with historical, sociological, legal, economic, and other normative approaches -- the JWWG offers a unique opportunity to foster dialogue not only between academic disciplines but also among professors, policymakers, and practitioners alike.

Subscribe to the Higgins Labor Program's occasional e-newsletter here, which will include updates on the Just Wage Framework and Tool.

Just Wage Symposium

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Notre Dame Washington Program Facility
​1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20036
In addition to the unveiling of our Just Wage Framework and Tool, the event featured remarks by five experts speaking from differing perches on the just wage question: 

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
Congressman Brendan Boyle
Pennsylvania’s 13th District
Sr. Quincy Howard, O.P.
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Ms. Maria Elena Durazo
Vice President, UNITE HERE
Rev. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C.
Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame





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Upcoming Events

January 2019

Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

April 2019

Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)