Each year, the Higgins Program invites a nationally recognized leader to talk on a current labor topic, addressing both the campus and local communities.
The annual McBride Lecture was established in 1977 by the United Steelworkers (USW) “to better understand the principles of unionism and our economy." It honors the fourth international president of the USW, Lloyd McBride, who was president from 1977 to 1983. Past speakers include labor leaders, politicians, writers, and economists.
Bernstein Delivers the 33rd Annual McBride Lecture
Rebuilding the American Dream: The Economic Issues at Stake in the Presidential Election
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), delivered the 33rd annual McBride Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Before joining the CBPP, Bernstein served as Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from 2009-2011. As part of his work in the Obama administration, Bernstein was the executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class. Prior to that time, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute and a deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the author of "Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?" and nine editions of "The State of Working America."
Watch his presentation here: http://bit.ly/JarrodBernsteinLecture.
Trumka Delivers 2011 McBride Lecture
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered the 2011 McBride Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. President Trumka is a leader in the struggle for workers' rights and economic justice. Born into a coal-mining family in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Trumka spent over 7 years in the coal mines working his way through college and law school and learning the importance of hard work, fair treatment, and solidarity. Trumka has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights. His lecture included a call for a new generation of labor leaders:
My generation – and your parents and grandparents – could make it in America because of the labor movement. For the quarter century after World War II, our economy grew steadily, and every sector of society – the rich, the poor and the ever-expanding middle class – saw their livelihoods increase at about the same rate. Because a third of the workforce belonged to unions – and set the standard for the entire economy – Americans reaped the rewards of working harder and smarter.
Tonight, I want to talk about how a revitalized labor movement can build a growing, generous and optimistic America again. Your generation can -- and must -- lead the way.
Read all of Richard Trumka's remarks here.
Past McBride Speakers
2010 Ellen Bravo, Writer, Educator, Leader in Working Women's Rights
2009 David Foster, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
2008 Nelson Lichtenstein, Labor Historian, UC-Berkeley
2006 Louis Uchitelle, New York Times Reporter & Author
2004 Marco Trbovich, Assistant to the President, USWA
2003 Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
2002 Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Member of U.S. Congress
2001 Leo W. Gerard, International President, USWA
2000 Amy Dean, Founder, Working Partnerships USA
1999 John J. Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
1998 George Becker, International President, USWA
1997 Don Barlett, Pulitzer Prize Winner
1996 Charles Kernaghan, National Labor Committee
1995 Jeremy Brecher, Author and PBS Commentator
1994 Larry Mishel, Economist and Commentator
1993 William Greider, Political Columnist and Author
1992 Lynn R. Williams, International President, USWA
1991 Barry Commoner, Environmentalist and Author
1990 David Montgomery, Labor Historian and Author
1989 Edmund Ayoub, Steel Economist and Author
1988 John Hoerr, Author, Writer and Columnist
1987 Ruth Milkman, UCLA Professor and Author
1986 John Culbertson, Economist and Author
1985 Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Professor and Author
1984 Robert Kuttner, Author and Business Week Columnist
1983 James Ridgeway, Political Columnist and Author
1982 Victor Fingerhut, Political Columnist and Pollster
1981 Mark Green, NY Consumer Affairs Commissioner
1980 A. H. Raskin, Writer and New York Times Editor
1979 Randy Barber, Author and Pension Fund Expert
1978 Murray Kempton, Author, Writer and Columnist