Past McBride Lectures

2015 | Tom Geoghegan

The 35th McBride Lecture was held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.

Tom Geoghegan, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, is a labor and public interest lawyer based in Chicago, as well as the author of six books, including the National Book Critics Circle finalist Which Side Are You On? Trying To Be For Labor When It's Flat on Its Back (1991) and the just-published Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement (2014). With characteristic self-deprecating wit, his latest effort offers provocative solutions to questions at the heart of the American experiment in the 21st century: dignity at the workplace, the ends of education, and the relationship between capitalism and democracy.

2014 | Saru Jayaraman

Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers and their Quest for Justice

The 34th Annual McBride Lecture was held on March 24, 2014 and featured Saru Jayaraman talking about efforts by restaurant workers to improve their wages and working conditions, including a current campaign to raise the minimum wage of tipped workers.  

Saru Jayaraman is the Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United).  She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, (Cornell University Press, 2013), which chronicles the abuses in the restaurant industry and the impact on workers and diners alike. 

Jaryarman also co-wrote "A Dime A Day: The Impact of the Miller/Harkin Minimum Wage Proposal on the Price of Food" (October 2012) and "The Hands that Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Along the Food Chain" (June 2012).  She is the co-editor of The New Urban Immigrant Workforce (ME Sharpe, 2005).  She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

2012 | Jared Bernstein

Rebuilding the American Dream: The Economic Issues at Stake in the Presidential Election

Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), delivered the 33rd annual McBride Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Before joining the CBPP, Bernstein served as Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from 2009-2011.  As part of his work in the Obama administration, Bernstein was the executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class.  Prior to that time, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute and a deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the author of "Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?" and nine editions of "The State of Working America."

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2011 | Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered the 2011 McBride Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. President Trumka is a leader in the struggle for workers' rights and economic justice. Born into a coal-mining family in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Trumka spent over seven years in the coal mines working his way through college and law school and learning the importance of hard work, fair treatment, and solidarity. Trumka has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights. His lecture included a call for a new generation of labor leaders:

"My generation —and your parents and grandparents—could make it in America because of the labor movement. For the quarter century after World War II, our economy grew steadily, and every sector of society—the rich, the poor and the ever-expanding middle class—saw their livelihoods increase at about the same rate. Because a third of the workforce belonged to unions —and set the standard for the entire economy—Americans reaped the rewards of working harder and smarter.

Tonight, I want to talk about how a revitalized labor movement can build a growing, generous and optimistic America again. Your generation can—and must—lead the way." Read more of Richard Trumka's remarks.


2010 | Ellen Bravo, Writer, Educator, Leader in Working Women's Rights
2009 | David Foster, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
2008 | Nelson Lichtenstein, Labor Historian, UC-Berkeley
2006 | Louis Uchitelle, New York Times Reporter & Author
2004 | Marco Trbovich, Assistant to the President, USWA
2003 | Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
2002 | Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Member of U.S. Congress
2001 | Leo W. Gerard, International President, USWA
2000 | Amy Dean, Founder, Working Partnerships USA
1999 | John J. Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
1998 | George Becker, International President, USWA
1997 | Don Barlett, Pulitzer Prize Winner
1996 | Charles Kernaghan, National Labor Committee
1995 | Jeremy Brecher, Author and PBS Commentator
1994 | Larry Mishel, Economist and Commentator
1993 | William Greider, Political Columnist and Author
1992 | Lynn R. Williams, International President, USWA
1991 | Barry Commoner, Environmentalist and Author
1990 | David Montgomery, Labor Historian and Author
1989 | Edmund Ayoub, Steel Economist and Author
1988 | John Hoerr, Author, Writer and Columnist
1987 | Ruth Milkman, UCLA Professor and Author
1986 | John Culbertson, Economist and Author
1985 | Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Professor and Author
1984 | Robert Kuttner, Author and Business Week Columnist
1983 | James Ridgeway, Political Columnist and Author
1982 | Victor Fingerhut, Political Columnist and Pollster
1981 | Mark Green, NY Consumer Affairs Commissioner
1980 | A. H. Raskin, Writer and New York Times Editor
1979 | Randy Barber, Author and Pension Fund Expert
1978 | Murray Kempton, Author, Writer and Columnist


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