Labor Café Archive 2022–23

Topic: Labor Markets & Labor Movements: Making Sense of American Workers and Workplaces in 2022

Friday, August 26, 2022, Geddes Coffee House, 5-6pm

Facilitators: Dan Graff, Director of the Higgins Labor Program at the Center for Social Concerns, and Aidan Creeron (HIST & ECON ‘23)

Some resources to get the Conversation Started:

“The Teacher Shortage”: The Labor Question in American K-12 Classrooms Today

Friday, September 30, 2022, Geddes Hall McNeill Library (1st floor, center of building), 5-6pm

Facilitators: Lucia Carbajal (HIST ‘23) & Brendan McFeely (POLS ‘23)

Some resources to get the conversation started:

The Labor Café Open Mic! Bring your Questions & Concerns

Friday, October 28, 2022, Geddes Hall Coffee House, 5-6pm

Facilitator: Dan Graff, Director, HIggins Labor Program

Mass Incarceration & The Labor Question: Re-entering the labor force following incarceration

Friday, December 2, 2022, 5 pm – 6 pm, Geddes Hall Coffee House

Facilitator: Fernando Garcia, current M.Div. student at Notre Dame
Resources to get the conversation started:

The Tipping Question: When, how, and why should someone tip/be tipped?

Friday, January 27, 2023

Facilitators: Students from the Just Wage Research Lab (Claire Bosch, Elizabeth Bradley, Aidan Creeron, Corrine Hays)

Resources to get the conversation started:

Tipping Is Weird Now: Technology and the pandemic have transformed the meaning of gratuity,(link is external)” by Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, Jan. 6, 2023
Justin Schweitzer, “Ending the Tipped Minimum Wage Will Reduce Poverty and Inequality(link is external),” Center for American Progress, Mar. 30, 2021
One Fair Wage: Women Fare Better in States with Equal Treatment for Tipped Workers,(link is external)” National Women’s Law Project, Feb. 2021
Guilt Tipping and the Inflated Default Tip(link is external),” by Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers New Jersey State Policy Lab, n.d.
Tipping Is a Legacy of Slavery(link is external),” by “Michelle Alexander, New York Times, Feb. 5, 2021
Marick Masters, “Worker strikes and union elections surged in 2022 – could it mark a turning point for organized labor?(link is external),” The Conversation, Jan. 5, 2023

Supply Chains, Human Trafficking, and Workers’ Rights: A Conversation on Global Labor Questions”
Fri Mar 31, 2023, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring special guest human rights attorney Monalisa.

The Guest Worker Question: The Policy and Politics of Guest Workers Abroad
Fri Feb 24, 2023, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The policy and politics of US programs allowing employers to employ workers from abroad on a temporary basis.

Labor Spring: Workers Organizing Everywhere All at Once”
Fri Apr 28, 2023, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

From video games to medicine, from coffee to education, workers across the U.S. economy are organizing for higher pay, better conditions, and a voice at work. Meanwhile the Federal Reserve aims to tackle inflation by clamping down on wage increases. What’s in store for the American economy and its workforce?