In 2017, Liberals in the United States are calling for “resistance” to regressive policies. Grassroots movements like the Fight for $15 show a desire for an offensive strategy on the left, but Professor Hamilton suggests that they do not go far enough. Raising the minimum wage still leaves many workers unemployed or out of the workforce altogether, especially those stigmatized by race, disability, or having been formerly incarcerated.
Instead, Professor Hamilton and his colleagues propose a bold federal job guarantee, providing economic security and decent wages for every American. The discussion will be moderated by Ken Jacobs and Steven Pitts of the IRLE’s Labor Center, along with Richard Walker of the UC Berkeley Geography Department.
Please register to secure your spot.
This event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Economics Department.
Thursday, October 19, 4:00 pm
The Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
Lecture will be followed by a reception.
Darrick Hamilton is associate professor of economics and urban policy at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, New School for Social Research.
Ken Jacobs chairs the Labor Center at IRLE. He specializes in low-wage work, labor standards policies, and health care coverage.
Steven Pitts is associate chair of the Labor Center at IRLE, where he focuses on job quality and Black workers.
Richard Walker is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s Geography Department. He focuses on human geography, economic geography, and urban geography, with a particular interest in the geographical evolution of capitalism.