The Bridging the Gaps National Conference


Thursday, October 18, 2007

8:00 am - 4:25 pm


In the United States, it is generally assumed that that getting a job is enough to make ends meet. But, in today’s labor market, where nearly a quarter of jobs pay low wages and offer no benefits, this couldn’t be further from the truth for millions of workers and their families. Work supports—programs to ensure that families can access basics, such as health care, child care, food, and housing—are supposed to fill in the gaps for families whose jobs don’t pay enough or offer adequate benefits. The Bridging the Gaps project finds that when accessible, these work supports are quite effective; however, their impact is limited by the number of working families who could use, but do not receive, these supports.

At the Bridging the Gaps conference, esteemed researchers and advocates will debate how work supports should be structured in the future. What would be ideal? How could it happen politically? Panelists will offer both big ideas and practical examples of how work supports can be designed to give all working families the opportunity to bridge the gaps between their earnings and a basic standard of living.


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To listen to audio recordings of the conference, see below. To request a free copy of any panel discussion, contact the Center for Economic and Policy Research.




Press Call

With Heather Boushey and Randy Albelda, October 10, 2007


Opening Plenary

Moderated by Liz Chimienti, with Randy Albelda, Khymi Woo,  Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Heather Boushey and Peter Edelman


Panel One

Moderated by Heather Boushey, with Robert Greenstein, Trudi Renwick, John Bouman, Randy Albelda, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Shawn Fremstad


Panel Two

Moderated by John Schmitt, with Laura Dresser, Atiba Madyun, Carrie Thomas, Aliya Wong and Cecile Counts


Lunch Panel

Moderated by Donna Haig Friedman, with Alice O’Connor


Panel Three

Moderated by Michael Ettlinger, with Frances Deviney, Ezra Klein, Ed Lazere, Nathan Newman, and Sheila Zedlewski


Panel Four

Moderated by Alan Barber, with Meg Bostrom, Jen Kern, Phil Sparks, and Ruy Teixeira


Closing Statement

Given by Heather Boushey