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 of the IRLEs Labor Center, and will be followed by a reception.
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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.