Labor Café Archive 2021–22

Friday, March 25th, Geddes Hall Coffee House, 5-6pm
Topic: Catholicism and the Service Economy

Facilitator: Gavin Moulton (graduate student in History)


Friday, February 25th, 5:00-6:00pm, Geddes Hall Coffee House
Topic: Black Labor in the COVID-19 Economy (cosponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Initiative on Race & Resilience)

Facilitators: Alyssa Lee (AMST ’23) and Ava Downey (HIST & ECON ’24)


The Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus for People of Color,” Center for American Progress, Apr. 14, 2020
Stephen Pitts interviews April Verrett, president of SEIU 2015, a union of 400,000 long-term caregivers in California,” Black Work Talk [podcast], Jan. 12, 2022
In Bessemer and the South, Black Workers Hold the Key,” The American Prospect, Feb. 18, 2022
New report finds workers of color have been especially hard hit by manufacturing job losses associated with globalization,” Economic Policy Institute, Jan. 31, 2022
Why are Black Women Missing from Corporate Leadership?,” The Sadie Collective, Nov. 11, 2020
Student Debt Cancellation is a Racial Justice Issue,” Institute for Policy Studies, Jan. 13, 2022

Friday, January 28 2022, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Topic: Baristas of the Nation, Unite! The Prospects for Unionization at Starbucks (and elsewhere)

Facilitator: Judy Benchaar


Friday, December 3, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Topic: Labor & Community Development

Facilitators: Cate Prather (Economics ’22) & Dan Graff (Director, Higgins Labor Program)


  • New York Times article on Amazon in a Central Kentucky town, and another on Ford’s plan to build electric vehicle factories in KY and TN
  • Article from the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis on Wal-Mart
  • Anthony Flaccavento article on his plan for a more community-oriented environment
  • Mayor Pete’s South Bend revitalization article
  • Facebook page on Invision Hazard, a downtown development group in Eastern Kentucky

Friday, November 5, 2021, 5:00-6:00 p.m

Topic: “Striketober”: What’s Happening at the American Workplace?

Facilitators: Aidan Creeron (ECON/HIST ’23) and Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program


Friday, October 1, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Topic: Labor Law Reform

Facilitators: Alyssa Lee (AMST ’23) & Robert Caruso (POLS & Global Affairs ’22)


Friday, September 3, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. 

Topic: What’s happening in the world of work? 

Facilitator: Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program