In 2011, 28 percent of U.S. workers — almost 37 million people — earned poverty wages.
Despite signs of an economic recovery, the U.S. is facing a crisis of low-wage jobs and working poverty, and even workers with college degrees cannot be assured of attaining high wages and stable jobs.
Stephanie Luce, associate professor of labor studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) School for Professional Studies, and a nationally-renowned scholar on low-wage work, will give a free one-hour talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the auditorium of UW-Madison's Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave. A free reception will follow.
Luce's talk, "Lifting Up Low Wage Work," will discuss possible solutions to the low-wage jobs crisis in the U.S. The talk is organized by the UW-Madison School of Social Work and supported by the Roberta Gassman School of Social Work Opportunities Fund.
The Roberta Gassman Distinguished Lecture Series and the Roberta Gassman School of Social Work Opportunities Fund were established by the UW-Madison School of Social Work to honor Gassman (B.A.'71, M.S.'72, Social Work) with its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP for the event. Free continuing education credits for social workers will be available upon request. Attendees can take advantage of free parking after 4:30 p.m. at the Waisman Center and in surrounding UW parking lots 60 and 76.