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Murphy Scholarship Event: Diversity and Labor

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, the Murphy Institute hosted the third annual Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor reception and awards ceremony. The reception, which began with remarks from CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and Murphy Director Greg Mantsios, was followed by a formal program featuring three rising leaders in the labor movement: Shaun Francois, President, Local 372, DC 37 AFSCME, Dolly Martinez of the Retail Action Project, and Jonathan Westin of New York Communities for change.

Six students were then awarded full scholarships to attend Murphy programs: Adriane Hudson, Jack Suria Linares, Onieka O’Kieffe, Stacey Payton, Andrea Pluas and Nadya Stevens.

The program ended with a tribute to Arthur Cheliotes, the President of Local 1180, Communication Workers of America, who was presented with the Joseph S. Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the Murphy Institute and to the workers of New York.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and to the growing Murphy community!

Labor, Accountability and Safety in the Global Era

By Karen Judd

At Thursday’s breakfast forum, Decent Wages and Accountability to Workers in the Garment Global Supply Chain, former New York Times Labor Journalist Steven Greenhouse, whose coverage of the Rana Plaza disaster put global sweatshops again on the front page, said: “Overseas sweatshops are the logical result of globalization and the race to the bottom.” He noted that it is shocking that, 114 years after the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, workers – predominantly women — are working in the same incredibly bad conditions, with no fire escapes or sprinklers, with infrequent inspections and with absolutely no voice for workers, concluding: “Things will not improve unless there is greater pressure from consumers and the media.”

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New York Immigrant Coalition Hiring Director of Outreach

Overview of the Organization
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that works for justice and opportunity for immigrants and refugees.  The NYIC successfully brings together multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector constituencies to pursue a common agenda, including:  improving immigrants’ access to quality health care and education; advocating for equitable immigration policies; ensuring immigrants’ civil rights; encouraging immigrants’ civic and electoral participation; and educating both newcomer communities and the public about immigration issues.  Over the past twenty-five years, the NYIC has emerged as the leading advocacy group in New York State on immigrant issues.

 

Position Summary
The Outreach Director will play a key role in supporting NYIC members and other immigrant-serving organizations in New York State.  A key element will be to ensure that these organizations have the tools necessary to support immigrants applying for Administrative Relief, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  The Outreach Director will also work closely with community-based organizations to strengthen their broader capacity, including leadership development and advocacy skills.

 

Key Responsibilities
The Outreach Director will:
  • Oversee NYIC’s wide ranging efforts to provide outreach to community-based organizations and immigrant communities.
  • Lead NYIC internal team on community outreach and education efforts related to administrative relief.
  • Develop and implement strategies to reach individuals who may be eligible for DACA/DAPA and connect them to services.
  • Work with team members to develop a strategy to engage groups and their staff and volunteers as Administrative Relief Community Navigators who can assist community members with non-legal case preparation and document collection.
  • Lead efforts to provide key leadership development, capacity-building and technical assistance for Mexican and Latino-led organizations involved in Deferred Action Project (Proyecto Acción Diferida).
  • Design and lead training programs.
  • Ensure that strong tools and materials are available; create tool kits as well as advocacy and community education materials that member organizations can adapt.
  • Provide support to strengthen capacity of and NYIC members and other community-based organizations. Design and implement Immigrant Leaders Fellowship program. Develop strategy for additional programs to strengthen capacity of member organizations.Contribute to efforts to fundraise for outreach efforts including drafting proposals, tracking outcomes, and drafting reports for government and private funders.  Maintain relationships with program funders.
  • Develop and manage budgets
  • Supervise outreach staff.
Qualifications
  • Proven ability to plan and direct programmatic activities.
  • 5 years of relevant senior management experience, including managing staff, budgets, planning, and decision-making.
  • Extensive knowledge of immigrant-serving community-based organizations and immigrant communities in New York State.
  • Exemplary record of working effectively with partner organizations, successfully navigating complex partnerships, and ability to connect with a wide range of diverse constituencies.
  • Proven experience with strategic planning, team building, and developing internal management capacity. Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to function in fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, meeting facilitation and writing skills.
  • Integrity, compassion, and principled leadership.
  • Knowledge of immigrant and immigration issues at a national, state, and local level.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language preferred.
Salary:  Commensurate with Experience

 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to hr@nyic.org with the subject line: Director of Outreach.  No phone calls will be accepted about this position.
Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2015.  

Creative Arts Night at Murphy, June 12th

Join the Murphy Institute for our first Creative Arts Night, to be held on the 18th Floor of the Murphy Institute, located at 24 W. 43rd St., on June 12th from 6-8pm.

Hosted by Murphy Institute Blog Arts & Culture Editors, the event will feature panelists Randal Horton and Matt Sedillo, whose work was recently featured on this blog — plus art installations, an open mic and more.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Murphy Institute Briefs City Council on Labor in NYC

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Murphy Institute conducted an executive briefing on labor in New York City for City Council members convened by Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor.

The briefing provided City Council members with an in-depth view of the role and status of organized labor in New York and the nation. It included presentations by Murphy Institute faculty, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, and New York Central Labor Council Political & Legislative Director, Anthony Thomas. Continue reading Murphy Institute Briefs City Council on Labor in NYC

Organizer, Jobs to Move America

 Jobs to Move America is a national project to make our transit dollars go the distance –to build better, cleaner public transit systems, to create and retain good manufacturing jobs, and to generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.

 

We seek a talented and motivated organizer to join the team as the Illinois Organizer of the national Jobs to Move America campaign. Jobs to Move America is a national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities: good jobs, cleaner equipment and more opportunity for low income people. Jobs to Move America has a plan make our transit dollars go the distance — to build cleaner public transit systems, create and retain good American jobs, and generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.

 

Position Description & Responsibilities

We seek a dedicated person to join our team as the Jobs to Move America campaign organizer in Illinois, working in partnership with the Chicago Federation of Labor. This person will engage in community organizing, coalition building, and event coordination, and will provide some research support. In working across Illinois, the person will be expected to travel regularly across the region and work intensely to advance a complex project.

 

With access to office space in Chicago, the Organizer will report to the Jobs to Move America national outreach coordinator and is responsible for:

 

  • Campaign Coordination: Helping drive the development of the Illinois campaign which will involve extensive campaign visioning, planning, research support and strategy development done in conjunction with labor, community, and environmental allies. With a strong strategic plan, the lead organizer will work with the national outreach coordinator to lead the labor, environmental, community coalition through the plan and adapt effectively.

 

  • Coalition-Building: Building powerful coalitions with a diverse set of local partners, including labor unions, environmental organizations, community groups, elected officials, etc., and coordinating with local and national coalition partners through biweekly and quarterly meetings; building leadership and mobilization capacity of community and labor allies, deepening city community-labor-environmental network.

 

  • Leadership Development: Identifying, recruiting, and developing individual supporters; developing materials, educational and training sessions to support leadership growth and development; recording and tracking progress through Powerbase database system; growing our organization’s and the movement’s power by maintaining individual activism within our organization during and between campaigns.

 

Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement
  • At least 3 years of organizing experience in labor, community, student or political organizations or campaigns
  • 2 years proven lead-level organizing experience is strongly preferred
  • Strong coalition building and facilitation skills across a diverse set organizations and constituents
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion
  • Excellent organizational, research, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, collaborate as part of a team, work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and initiative
  • Willingness to work long hours, evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Access to a reliable car

 

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time position with health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits.

 

Application Process: Please send applications info@jobstomoveamerica.org with “IL Jobs to Move America Organizer” in the subject line of the email. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and three references in one PDF document. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

 

LAANE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.