Trevor Griffey hosts panels on labor activism and economic inequality

December 22, 2014 - IAS faculty member Trevor Griffey hosted a series of events on campus related to labor activism and economic inequality.  A public panel on October 15, "From Movement to Policy: Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage," produced a lively discussion of the causes of rising economic inequality, the merits of raising the minimum wage, and the relationship between social movements and politicians. Panelists included Nicholas Heffling and Bernard Rodriguez of Working Washington, Ramy Khalil from Kshama Sawant's campaign for City Council, and Carlo Caldirola-Davis from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's office.   Another set of panels, "Labor Activism in an Age of Austerity," included (or will include) speakers from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition (10/14); UW United Students Against Sweatshops and two workers from the Dominican Republic factory of Alta Gracia (10/16); the Washington State Labor and Education Research Center (10/28); Jesse Hagopian, author of More than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing (11/6); Working Washington (11/18); and Puget Sound SAGE and Got Green? (10/20).  The talks were part of Griffey’s Autumn Quarter course, BIS 425A: Contemporary Labor Movements, and co-sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies