Fight for Fifteen: An Appraisal of the Higher Wages Movement

2015 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture

In recent decades, labour and community activists have been engaging in living wage campaigns and efforts to establish or raise minimum wages in the US, Canada, the UK, and increasingly, other parts of the world. In this talk, Stephanie Luce will provide the background of the higher wages movement in the US, situating it in the context of the global economy and wage campaigns in other countries.

Stephanie Luce is Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at The City University of New York. Best known for her research on living wage campaigns and movements, her current research focuses on globalization and labour standards, labour-community coalitions, and regional labour markets. She is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, and most recently, Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.

The Vancouver School of Economics is pleased to co-present this event with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as part of a series of memorial lectures in honour of Gideon Rosenbluth. Mr. Rosenbluth was a long-time research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a highly respected member of the UBC economics department, and the economics community in Canada and around the world. His rigorous approach to scholarship and community involvement was guided by his commitment to social justice. Among his many roles, he was president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and president of the Canadian Economics Association.

Admission is free. Please register at: Pre-registration is strongly recommended as this event is expected to be well-attended.