In recent years, the once-widespread practice of long-term career employment has been abandoned by most nonunion employers, replaced by what’s been described as a “much more open, just-in-time labor market” — one in which older workers are especially likely to be laid off. Pensions have been radically transformed, while the unionized share of the workforce has declined sharply, especially in the private sector, and the number of workers covered by multi-employer pension plans has fallen dramatically.
How can we make sense of this changing landscape for aging workers?
Murphy Professors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott recently released a report called “Labor and Longevity: Unions and the Aging Workforce.” In it, they explore the relationship between aging workers and union organizing nationwide and in New York City, offering recommendations for how unions can defend and negotiate for benefits that meet the needs of all of their workers.
On May 11th, the Murphy Institute hosted an all-day conference assessing the unfolding immigration crisis, highlighting the perspectives of labor unions, worker centers, community organizations, and local government.
The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict immigration, expand deportations, thwart sanctuary cities, and intensify border enforcement mark dramatic shifts in immigration politics and policies. This event convened a range of national and local experts and leaders to explore the implications of these national shifts, especially for local immigrant communities and the possibilities for resistance.
Missed the event or want to experience it again? Check out full recordings of the panel discussions below.
PART I: Background and Context
Muzaffar Chishti – Migration Policy Institute, Director of MPI’s office at NYU School of Law
Mae Ngai – Columbia University, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies
Moderator: Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center & Murphy Institute
PART II: Labor Responses
Esther Lopez – United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Secretary-Treasurer
Eliseo Medina – Service Employees International Union, Former International Secretary-Treasurer
Gonzalo Mercado – National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), New York City Regional Coordinator, and Executive
Director at La Colmena – Staten Island Community Job Center
Javaid Tariq – New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Co-Founder and Senior Staff
Modesta Toribio – Make the Road New York, Senior Organizer
Moderator: Ed Ott, Murphy Institute/CUNY, Distinguished Lecturer of Labor Studies
PART III: Community and Local Government Responses
Anu Joshi – NY State Immigrant Action Fund, Deputy Director
Abraham Paulos – Families for Freedom, former Executive Director
Donna Schaper – Judson Memorial Church, Senior Minister
Monica Sibri – CUNY DREAMers, Founder, and New York Fellow at IGNITE National
Moderator: Els de Graauw, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College-CUNY
The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn have released their 2017 manifesto for the June 8th General Election, entitled “For the Many, Not the Few.” The manifesto outlines policies of interest those dedicated to the movements for energy democracy and a just transition away from fossil fuels.
This statement was delivered by TUED unions to the Labour Party energy shadow minister Alan Whitehead in the days following the announcement of the general election:
With the announcement of a general election for 8th June, UK trade unions participating in Trade Unions for Energy Democracy are calling on the Labour Party to include a manifesto commitment to extend public ownership and democratic control to UK energy.
UK TUED unions welcome initial Labour Party proposals for energy transition and a vision for energy democracy based on new forms of public and community ownership, putting climate change and social justice at the heart of industrial strategy. This now needs to form part of a clear manifesto commitment to reclaim energy back to the public sphere. Labour should set out an ambition for new affordable, low carbon energy system that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, always emphasising the massive opportunities to create secure, skilled unionised jobs for communities across the UK.
If they haven’t won a contract by 3pm today, 40,000 AT&T workers will go on strike. Coming on the heels of last year’s Verizon strike, this marks another potentially historic action for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) — and the workers have much cause for grievance. From David Bacon at In These Times:
In California and Nevada, around 17,000 AT&T workers who provide phone, landline and cable services have been working without a contract for more than a year. Last year, they voted to authorize a strike with more than 95 percent support. And in February, an estimated 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states voted to strike as well, with 93 percent in favor.
Workers have issued an ultimatum, giving company executives until 3 p.m. ET on Friday to present serious proposals—or the workers will walk.
It wouldn’t be the first strike at AT&T. Some 17,000 workers in California and Nevada walked off the job in late March to protest company changes in their working conditions in violation of federal law. After a one-day strike, AT&T agreed not to require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise. Nevertheless, the biggest issues for workers remained unresolved.
AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the country with $164 billion in sales and 135 million wireless customers nationwide. It has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the United States since 2011, representing more than 30 percent of its call center employees, and closed more than 30 call centers. Meanwhile, the company has outsourced the operation of more than 60 percent of its wireless retail stores to operators who pay much less than the union wage, according to CWA.
SUNY Empire State College seeks an Associate Dean for Labor Programs/Executive Director of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies in Manhattan. Located at the Van Arsdale Center in NYC, this person will be responsible for leading the current Van Arsdale labor studies program as well as developing labor-related undergraduate programs throughout the College. The Van Arsdale Center serves approximately 1,700 students through partnerships with various trade unions in New York City. Applicants should have a PhD in a related field and a strong background and experience in labor, as well as a commitment to labor studies and the labor movement.
Believe it or not, Millennials and Baby Boomers have much in common, especially when it comes to the changing U.S. political economy. Join us for an intergenerational happy hour discussion unpacking the impact of America’s fractured social safety net across generations.
It’s no secret that today’s young adult generation faces unprecedented financial insecurity. Compared to when Baby Boomers were young, Millennials (born 1980 and after) have lower incomes, less savings, and lower net worth. They are also disproportionately likely to be uninsured, underemployed, or unemployed, and many are saddled with unprecedented levels of student debt. Continue reading Event: Building Bridges Across the Generation Gap (5/19)→
A conversation about workers, communities and social justice