Labor Café is back on First Fridays! Join the Higgins Labor Program for casual conversation on contemporary questions about work, workers, and workplaces. What rights and protections should those who work for others have? What's the proper role for government in the economy? How should we address enduring problems of inequality, poverty, and lack of opportunity? And what does Catholic Social Teaching have to say about these labor questions? Participants choose the concrete topics, all people are welcome, and all opinions are entertained.
Topic: Striketober! What's Happening in the American Workplace?
Facilitators: Aidan Creeron (ECON/HIST '23) and Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program
Non-required reading to get the conversation started:
- "American workers are fed up," Ryan Cooper, The Week (10/16/21)
- "Welcome to Striketober," Sarah Jones, New York/Intelligencer (10/14/21)
- "Opinion: The 'Great Resignation' and 'Striketober' are Sending a Message," Nicole Hemmer, CNN (10/29/21)
- "Viewpoint: Beneath Striketober Fanfare, The Lower Frequencies of Class Struggle," Luis Feliz Leon and Maximillian Alvarez, Labor Notes (10/29/21)
- "Is This a Strike Wave?," Nelson Lichtenstein, Dissent, (10/25/21)"Workplace strikes are surging. Here’s why they won’t stop anytime soon.," Jacob Bogage and Alyssa Fowers, Washington Post (10/31/21)
All people are welcome. Please note that this Labor Café will have no Zoom component to facilitate better face-to-face interactions.