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Book Talk: Joshua Freeman and Louis Uchitelle (3/23)

Join us for book talks from Joshua Freeman, author of “Behemoth: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World” and Louis Uchitelle, author of “Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters”.

Friday, March 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm
CUNY Murphy Institute 
25 W. 43rd Street, 18A-D
New York, NY 10036


  • Joshua Freeman-Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center; Murphy Institute Consortial Faculty
  • Louis Uchitelle-Journalist and author; lead reporter for award-winning NY Times Series The Downsizing of America
  • Introduced by Ruth Milkman-Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; Director of Research, Murphy Institute


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New Labor Forum Highlights: March 19th, 2018

The New Labor Forum has a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

On Friday, March 23rd, the Murphy Institute, publisher of New Labor Forum, will be holding two important public events. Those events provide the dual focus of today’s newsletter.

NLF Consulting Editor Joshua Freeman will be speaking on his important new book Behemoth: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World and sharing the stage with award-winning journalist Louis Uchitelle, who will discuss his book Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters. The decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs – to the tune of 28 percent over the past two decades—has, of course, been a primary concern of the trade union movement, which fought tooth and nail to turn that grueling work into decent jobs and a base of union strength. In his recent, ad hoc announcement of 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, President Trump sought to capitalize on those concerns. As it turns out, the political history of imposing tariffs as a means to defend manufacturing goes back to the founding of the country, as discussed in an illuminating article for New Labor Forum by Joshua Freeman and Steve Fraser, included here. And what are progressive economists’ to make of the current iteration of protectionism? In their recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker critique Trump’s ill-considered trade tariffs, arguing for a trade policy that would support those whose jobs are lost to global trade, while reducing certain protections, namely for professionals and patents that keep the cost of our healthcare so high.

The second public event at the Murphy Institute will bring the #MeToo movement out of the Hollywood spotlight and into the realm of lower waged work in restaurants, on the factory floor, and the hotel cleaning crew, where change often depends on collective action and the coupling of feminist and class consciousness. Providing a historic context for these contemporary efforts, we offer an article by scholars Eileen Boris and Annelise Orleck, written for New Labor Forum on the hundredth anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Table of Contents

  1. Book Talk: “Behemoth: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World” & “Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters”/ Joshua Freeman & Louis Uchitelle, The Murphy Institute
  2. “In the Rearview Mirror” Trading Places: Protecting American Industry is so Yesterday/ Steve Fraser & Joshua Freeman, New Labor Forum 
  3. We know what bad trade policy looks like. But what about good trade policy?/ Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker, The Washington Post
  4. Promising Practices: Labor and Community Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Era of #MeToo/ The Murphy Institute and The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR
  5. FEMINISM AND THE LABOR MOVEMENT: A Century of Collaboration and Conflict/ Eileen Boris and Annelise Orleck/ New Labor Forum

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Pratt Center Seeks Summer Interns 2018 (NYC)

General Description and Qualifications
Pratt Center is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students currently studying urban planning, urban policy, environmental sustainability, geography, history, economics, communications design or related subjects. Recent graduates and entry-level professionals may also apply. Students and graduates from all universities are welcome, as are experienced community development advocates and organizers without college degrees.

Specific Internship positions include:

Project Assistant – Community Planning Intern

Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting with technical support for our neighborhood rezoningprojects and conducting research to inform neighborhood policy recommendations. One position is available. Duties will include conducting research and policy analysis, gathering and analyzing neighborhood and city-wide data to inform policy recommendations and campaign development, working with community group partners, conducting outreach and engaging in field work, attending community meetings (some evenings/weekends may be requested), development of outreach and educational materials for community members, and assisting in the development of report or policy briefs for elected officials and City staff.

Skills and Interests: The ideal candidate is enrolled in a Master’s program in urban planning, public policy, public health, or a related field; is committed to economic, environmental and racial justice; is interested in community development through a participatory planning framework; and is familiar with and comfortable working with low-income communities. Skills and experience required for this position include strong written and verbal skills, experience in community organizing or campaign planning, strong data management and analytical skills, and a proven ability to work independently and take initiative. The following skills are a plus: graphic designs skills including proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop; GIS mapping abilities; and Spanish or other non-English language skills.

Hours: Part time, 14-21 hours a week

Project Assistant – Planning and Outreach Intern

Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting Pratt Center’s community planning, sustainability and policy staff with a variety of projects. Duties will include conducting research; conducting interviews and other community outreach; engaging in field work; attending community meetings (some evenings/weekends may be requested); and gathering and analyzing various types of data.

Skills and Interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental planning, or a related field; or to a non-degree community development advocate/organizer with a year or more of experience in the field. The ideal candidate has a basic knowledge of urban planning and urban policy, as well as strong written/verbal communications, organizational, and logistical skills. Interest in community development and community outreach is required. Data management, GIS and graphic design skills are plus.

Hours: Part-time, 14-21 hours a week

Project Assistant – Made In NYC (MINYC)

MINYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center, was created to support a vibrant manufacturing sector in New York City. Local manufacturing creates employment opportunities for the city’s extraordinarily diverse workforce and gives the city much of its character and soul. Pratt Center is working to increase awareness of manufacturing in NYC by developing the MINYC brand and related programmatic initiatives and by assisting companies in improving their marketing and capacity for growth.

Responsibilities: The MINYC Project Assistant is responsible for assisting the MINYC team with all aspects of the initiative. Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Helping with communications tasks such as writing newsletters and posting on social media
  • Outreach tasks such as contacting manufacturers to verify their membership information and improve their listings on our website, interviewing manufacturing businesses for the newsletter, conducting factory site visits, and other  outreach as needed;
  • Collecting photos, video and other media from member manufacturers for inclusion on MINYC website & other platforms;
  • Research tasks such as identifying new potential MINYC members for further outreach;
  • Organizational tasks such as helping plan events and meetings for/about manufacturers.

Skills and Interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental planning, economics, business development, or a related field; or to a community development or small business advocate/organizer with a year or more of experience in the field. The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills; is outgoing, personable and comfortable speaking with a diverse range of constituents; and is interested in manufacturing retention and small business development. Skills in website management, graphic design, event coordination/management, and photography/videography are a plus.

Hours: Part-time, 14-21 hours a week

Project Assistant – GIS and Graphic Design

Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting senior planners and GIS specialists with a variety of data analyses and mapping projects as well graphic design.  Duties will include gathering, analyzing and mapping socio-economic and demographic data (various US Census products) and assisting with data collection and visualization.

Skills and Interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental planning, or a related field who has had at least one year (undergrad) or one full semester (grad) of GIS coursework. Required skills include data collection, management and mapping; fluency with ArcGIS desktop; and basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Interest in community development, economic development, data analysis is required. Fluency in Adobe Illustrator and/or ArcGIS Online is a plus.

Hours: Part-time 14-21 hours a week

Project Assistant – Communications Design

Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting Pratt Center’s communications team with design-based projects that support our equity work. Duties include preparing various graphic materials such as charts and graphs, 1-page information/fact sheets, and social media assets; taking, editing, and organizing photos; layout design of reports and presentations; email marketing campaigns; and other tasks as needed.

Skills and Interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying communications design or a relevant graphic design discipline, or an urban studies/planning student with strong graphic design skills. Required skills include proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, advanced knowledge of current design standards and trends, strong project management skills, and exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills. Advanced proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign, knowledge of urban planning practices, and knowledge of video editing and production are a plus.

Hours: part-time 14-21 hours a week

Term and Salary

The internship term will be from mid-May to late August, with some flexibility within that time period (to be discussed with successful candidates).

Pratt Center is has funding to offer some of the positions as paid internships, while others may be offered on a voluntary basis. For paid internships, the salary range is $12-$18 based on experience.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:, with Internship Application as your subject line. Cover letters should indicate which internship position/s you wish to be considered for, and should express your general interests, educational background, and relevant skills for the position/s.  Applicants who will only consider a paid internship should indicate this in their cover letter.

No calls please! If you have any questions, they can be sent to the email above.

Youth Economic Group Seeks Coordinator (Catskills, NY)

The Youth Economic Group (YEG) and their cooperative business, Bags for Justice are looking for a creative and experienced full-time Coordinator to help them continue to develop their program and grow the business in the midst of the Catskill region of New York State.


For the past seven years, participants of YEG have worked to create their cooperative business Bags for Justice which designs, silk screens, and sells tote bags and t-shirts, with messages that advocate social justice. We are looking for a Coordinator who has the determination and skills to help this program continue to develop as a rare opportunity for rural youth to participate in a cooperative business and a Youth Leadership Program dedicated to empowerment and social justice. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who sees her/himself as both an educator and a leader.


Here is what makes us innovative:

  • We are one of the few rural youth cooperatives in the country
  • We may be the only union affiliated youth organization in the country
  • We are committed to systemic change and justice
  • We are a part of remarkable state-wide organization that has been on the cutting edge of rural Youth Leadership Development and rural justice for over thirty-five years.


The program is a part of Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM.)  Founded in 1981, RMM is a state-wide organization that stands as a committed ally with those who work for justice in the rural and farmworker communities of New York State, with a primary focus on developing leadership skills and opportunity for youth.  Our Mission Statement lays out our focus clearly and succinctly:


Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State by: nurturing leadership; standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers, rural workers and their families; and changing unjust systems and structures

Working hand in hand with the Executive Director, the position has several fundamental components including:


  •        Strive to build upon existing efforts to create a sustainable program and business
  •        Supervise and coordinate staff, volunteers and interns within the Program
  •        Appreciate the rural setting and drive great distances on a regular basis
  •        Have a vision, as well as honor the vision of the members – seeing this endeavor as a  


  •        Appreciate the challenges and possibilities of working within a small but growing   


  •        Be comfortable working with allies in the faith, labor, business, social justice and  

        academic communities


Requirements of the Position include:

  • Experienced in youth empowerment and experiential education
  • Experience with cooperative business development
  • Committed to social and economic justice in the midst of disenfranchised communities
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Strong interest in working with faith and labor communities
  • Creative and flexible – realizing that this is more than just a ‘9 to 5’ job
  • Able to work evenings regularly and occasional weekends
  • A strategist with strong interpersonal, networking and organizing skills
  • Self-motivated with excellent speaking skills
  • Willingness to live in the Catskills
  • A driver’s license


This is a Full -time position with flexible hours and days. Compensation includes:

  • Full Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Four weeks vacation
  • Contributions to a Retirement Plan (403B)


RMM’s Global Non-discrimination Policy provides that we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, pregnancy, covered veteran status, protected genetic information and/or political affiliation.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:


The Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director

Rural & Migrant Ministry

PO BOX 4757

Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Green Worker Cooperatives Recruiting for Fall 2018 Coop Academy


  • Over 70 hours of training by skilled experts

  • One-on-One mentoring with a successful entrepreneur

  • Legal assistance with business incorporation and structuring

  • Training and support in fundraising

  • Access to a peer-support network beyond the length of the course

  • Greater visibility and name recognition for your cooperative


Registration for the Fall 2018 Co-op Academy has begun.

>> Click Here to Apply <<

The Co-op Academy is how we build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice … one cooperative at a time.


It is an intensive 5-month long training and support program that helps teams of aspiring entrepreneurs develop worker-owned green businesses. It is unique in its focus on businesses that are both green and worker-owned. And utilizes an aggressive combination of training, coaching, and technical services. Think of it as a business boot camp for cooperative start-ups The program includes classroom trainings; business coaches; and business support services such as legal incorporation, and access to fair financial services. The course is specifically designed so that each team is able to get their business up and running by the completion of the course.


The Coop Academy is designed for teams working together on a single business concept.  It is recommended that each team consist of at least two people and many more can participate in a team. While the Coop Academy is open to anyone, applications from teams with a majority of residents from the Bronx, especially the South Bronx, receive higher priority in the application process.


You must have have at least one other person on your team, and as many as you want – there’s no maximum number. Each member of your team must complete the application form (see link above or below.)

The application process for the Co-op Academy is highly competitive. We’re looking first and foremost for strong teams with a mix of talents and experience. Keep that in mind when forming your team. And while the Co-op Academy is open to all, we place a special emphasis on teams based in the Bronx.


No. The Co-op Academy is offered free of charge! That’s right. Thanks in part to support from the City of New York’s Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative and the Simon Bolivar Foundation, we are able to offer the Co-op Academy at no charge to you.


It is a 20-week cooperative business intensive. We call it a “boot camp” for cooperative start ups.

The Co-op Academy takes place Monday evenings in the Fall (September-January), and Spring (February-June). In addition to the weekly evening sessions, all participants are expected to meet weekly with their teams and dedicate additional time towards research, interviewing potential customers and partners, and testing their product or service. Participants will also be required to meet occasionally with the teaching team, an assigned mentor, and supporting lawyers.

The Coop Academy is designed to help you and your team launch your cooperative by the completion of the course and grow successfully together.



The Coop Academy is held at our office in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx. We’re located at 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY, 10474.


There are only four requirements to participate:

  1. You must have have at least two people on a team (and as many people as you want),

  2. Each member that applies must be able to commit to the five months of the course,

  3. You must have a single business concept in mind for you and your team when you apply, and

  4. Each member of your team must complete the application form.

Note: You do not need to already be in business and you can absolutely be at the idea stage. The Co-op Academy is designed to support teams in the early stages of their business, including the idea stage.


If you want to build a model green business that you and your community will be proud of, the Co-op Academy can help you do it.

If you really want to launch that dream business, are willing to share ownership and decision-making with your team, and are ready to put in the work in order to make it happen, then apply today.

We offer Early Registration in the months before the application is public. Send an email with the subject “Interest in Early Registration” to We will add you to our list of early registrants and send follow up emails to complete your team’s applications.


During the Academy, we offer participants simultaneous interpretation for Spanish-only speakers once a year, typically during our Spring course. We are occasionally able to offer childcare on-site (during Academy) when we have the resources to provide it.

Beyond the 5-month Academy course, we offer free workshops on cooperatives for youth and adults, at locations all over the Bronx and Uptown Manhattan. We also offer these workshops at our offices in the Hunt’s Point section of the South Bronx where we can also provide Spanish interpretation if needed and if we have resources.


>> Click Here to Apply <<

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

Interviews with teams: July 9th – 18th, 2018

Start of Academy/Orientation: September 2018 (date t.b.a.)

Duration of the 2018 Fall Academy: September – January 


You can contact us with any questions – talk to our Outreach Coordinator

Ileia Burgos at 718-617-7807 x 704  or

The Design Trust for Public Space Seeks 2018-19 Fellows (NYC)


We are now accepting submissions for the 2018-2019 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program. The Fellow will join the Design Trust team as a full-time paid staff member for an intensive one-year fellowship to begin in June 2018 and end in July 2019, and will become a part of the Design Trust community, interact with project fellows, partners and collaborators.


The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact—through design—on how New Yorkers live, work, and play.
In June 2016, we created the Equitable Public Space Fellowship to support the next generation of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners in contributing to complex public space challenges in our global city. As we surveyed the representation of minority groups in the design profession and the growing diversity of NYC’s neighborhoods, we recognized the need to reflect the people we serve. Our unique project model opens dialogue and develops collaborative relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve innovative solutions together. We have found that greater diversity among project participants develops empathy and leads to more meaningful and sustainable outcomes for all New Yorkers. Through the Fellowship, we seek to create a model for bringing more voices, skill sets, and life experiences into the practice of design for public space.
We will select a promising emerging professional whose life and work experience will contribute significantly to the design expertise and design thinking in our work with community-based organizations and public agencies. We seek candidates from historically marginalized groups and underrepresented perspectives who are curious, driven, and passionate about NYC’s shared spaces and transforming the city’s landscape.


  • Impact: The Fellows will have the opportunity to have a real impact on New York City’s public spaces through Design Trust projects.
  • Cross-sector experience: The Fellows will be exposed to a range of organizations and individuals working in the public realm in NYC, including urban planning, design, community organizations, non-profits, government, and private entities, and a firsthand look at how systems work in New York to affect public space in the city.
  • Public exposure: The Fellows will contribute ideas and expertise on issues in the field, authoring four posts throughout the year on the Design Trust Blog, as well as contributing to and being recognized in Design Trust publications, events, and public work. The Fellows will also have the opportunity to represent the Design Trust at conferences throughout the US.
  • Relationship Building: The Fellows will have the chance to build relationships with the network of over 100 Design Trust Fellows through participation in quarterly Fellows Forum salons tackling tough design issues in the city. The Design Trust’s strong local ties with many types of designers and urbanists in New York make this position ideal for someone looking to build a professional career in New York City.
  • Hands-on professional development: The Fellows will work primarily with Program staff. Additionally, the Design Trust will support the Fellow’s participation in local conferences related to current projects and the Fellows’ interests. The Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work with the Design Trust to the Board of Directors at their June 2019 meeting.
  • Mentorship: The Fellows will meet monthly with the Director of Programs and quarterly with the Executive Director to facilitate the Fellows’ learning and reflection, and tailor the Fellowship to their interests and career goals.
  • Salary: $40,000 for the year along with full healthcare benefits. The selected candidates will enter into an employment contract with the Design Trust for a stated term of one year to perform the work subject to specific terms and conditions.


The Fellow will be immersed in many aspects of the Design Trust’s work, and assist with a variety of tasks during the year, including, but not limited to:
  • [80%] Program Development & Implementation: The Fellow will work with the Director of Programs and the Program Manager on program development, implementation, and evaluation, including: research, project management, stakeholder engagement, event coordination, and production of deliverables for current projects, such as:
  • [10%] Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development: The Fellow will play an integral role in helping the staff to operationalize the values of equity and inclusion in the workplace at the Design Trust, including participating in bi-weekly equity meetings. The Fellow will also assist staff as needed with office administration and communications, support for internal and external events, internal meetings, Public Space Potlucks, Fellows Forums, Board meetings, Design Trust Council events and the Annual Gala.
  • [10%] Research Project: The Fellow will complete an independent research project based on their interests and expertise, to be presented to the Design Trust Board of Directors at their June 2019 meeting, and used in future Design Trust work as applicable.
The Public Space Fellowships will be full-time positions located at the Design Trust office, to be completed during working hours (Design Trust office hours are 9:30 am – 5:30 pm) with occasional evening and weekend event attendance as needed.


The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.Incomplete applications or materials that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered. Applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified by June 2018.
Applicants who are from populations historically underrepresented in the design profession are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work legally in the United States. We welcome applications from anyone with a 2-year or 4-year degree from a public, private, or community college or university. The Fellowship is not open to candidates who have completed a graduate degree. In particular, we are looking for candidates interested in pursuing a career in one of the following fields, and who have demonstrated some experience related to their interest:
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Government
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning
Materials to Submit:
Please email the following materials in one PDF with the title “[LASTNAME, FIRST NAME]: Equitable Public Space Fellowship Application” to All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2018, to be considered.
  • Resume [maximum 1 page]
  • Work Sample [2-3 pages, can include written or visual work, highlighting your ability to express ideas]
  • 1 letter of recommendation [submitted directly to the Design Trust via mail or email listed above]
  • 2 references
  • Written Responses to the following questions:
    • Question 1 [300 word limit]: Describe a challenge you’ve experienced with a particular public space; how would you address it?
    • Question 2 [300 word limit]: How has your life experience and your identity contributed to your work so far, and the work you hope to do in the future?
    • Question 3 [300 word limit]: What drives you to apply to the Equitable Public Space Fellowship, and how do you think it will contribute to your long-term goals?
Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy:
Design Trust encourages people of all abilities, ethnicities, genders, national origins or ancestries, races, religions and sexualities to apply. Design Trust is also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.
The Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program support is provided in part by Eve Klein and Robert Owens.