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

Friday, April 30, at 10 am, featuring:

  • Charlice Hurst, 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

 

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, and 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   
  • Brett Beasley, Ph.D., Associate Director, Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
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Upcoming Events

April 2021

22
30
Application Deadline | McNeill Leadership Fellows Program
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

May 2021

07
CST Research Seminar
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 9:45am
07
Labor Café | The Paid Leave Priority
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
21
Just Wage Forum 2021 | Just Wage is Not Excessive (Virtual)
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 1:00pm to Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 12:45pm

June 2021

July 2021

23
Just Wage Forum 2021 | Series Conclusion (Virtual)
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

September 2021