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Remaking the Economy:

Wage Justice, Now!

Thursday, June 9th, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET 

Millions of people in the United States work in jobs that pay them less than the minimum wage. Subminimum wage workers provide many of the services which make our economy run— farming food, delivering goods, and caring for children and the elderly. As we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic, these jobs are called “essential,” but not compensated as such, keeping workers in a state of working poverty. Struggles for wage justice attempt to fight this by demanding sick leave, better pay, and other protections to shield workers from rising inequality. To do so, they face the goliath of corporate power, which is bolstered by a political apparatus designed to privilege profits over people.

This webinar will feature a conversation between three leaders from nonprofits dedicated to worker advocacy, power building, and fair wages. Our panelists are:

Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage

Chirag Mehta, Director of Policy and Ideas at Community Change

Erica Smiley, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice

This webinar will explore:

  • What are the core stakes in the fight for fair wages?
  • What are the challenges that campaigns for wage justice face?
  • How is wage justice related to other struggles for racial and gender justice?
  • How do we build power to transform the subminimum wage economy?
  • How do subminimum wages and anti-worker policy affect democracy?
  • What kind of legislative policies— antitrust laws or universal basic income, for example— would best support wage justice?
  • What can practitioners and organizers learn from current wage justice struggles?

Whether you’re a social movement activist, nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ economic justice editor Rithika Ramamurthy. Rithika has served as a leader within the labor movement and is a writer and organizer of social movements for economic justice.  

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

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*The recording and slides of this webinar will be available on the NPQ website 2-3 days after the live event.