Just Employment Policy Showcased at the White House

Just Employment Policy Showcased at the White House

The Just Employment Policy was highlighted in the East Wing of the White House during the Summit on Worker Voice. The Summit brought together workers, labor leaders, advocates, forward-leaning employers, and the President to address the most important issues facing working-class people. One of its panel discussions focused on the way worker voices are amplified when labor and community come together. US Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu moderated the panel, which featured the Director of Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Joseph McCartin. Prof. McCartin was invited in part due to his work promoting Just Employment practices in higher education. Alongside passionate labor and community organizers, Prof. McCartin explained how Georgetown’s Just Employment Policy ensures that all campus workers receive a living wage and are treated with dignity in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching. The Policy empowered campus dining service workers and adjunct faculty to improve their working conditions by organizing in a manner that served the University’s overall mission. “Georgetown’s Just Employment Policy upholds values of solidarity, community, and worker voice.” The discussion also touched on efforts to export the Just Employment model, which was developed based on Georgetown’s policy, to other colleges and universities. Over the past two years, students at John Carroll, Brandeis, and Loyola Chicago have led inspiring efforts to bring Just Employment principles to their own campuses. The broader theme of ‘good employers’ with high labor standards came up several times throughout the Summit. President Obama specifically emphasized the need for consumers to pressure businesses to pay fair wages and respect the rights of their workers. “Part of our goal has...
In the News: Students Fight for a Living Wage for JCU Employees

In the News: Students Fight for a Living Wage for JCU Employees

The Carroll News wrote about students’ efforts to enact Just Employment Policy at John Carroll University in their February 12 article, “Students fight for a living wage for JCU employees.” Students are seeking to hold John Carroll University to its Jesuit values in regard to fair wages and treatment for all its employees. The recently initiated Jesuit Just Employment movement is led by seniors Devan Gisoni and Leo Orlando, both of whom were inspired by similar movements at other Jesuit universities. The movement aims to instate a Jesuit Just Employment Policy at JCU that requires the University to pay its employees a living wage and ensure fair treatment. Twenty-one out of the 28 Jesuit universities in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities have just employment policies, and JCU is one of the seven that doesn’t. Read more at the Carroll...