All posts by Murphy Institute

Full-Time Research Associate with New York City Labor Market Information Service

The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS), housed at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan, seeks a full-time research associate to work as part of a team that performs research on jobs and the economy, prepares career planning tools, and provides strategic consulting. The overall function of the NYCLMIS is to help education, workforce and economic development policy makers and practitioners to better align their programs and policies to the demands of the labor market. See our website for more information.

With supervision and support from the director of the NYCLMIS and other senior staff, the research associate will:

•      Conduct interviews and focus groups;
•      Write research and policy reports and briefs;
•      Create presentation materials;
•      Work on multiple projects simultaneously; and
•      Participate in other research and technical assistance activities as needed.

·         Master’s degree and at least 4 years’ professional experience in a related research/policy role (relevant experience may be substituted for education);

·         Advanced facility with MS Word, Excel, and other Office products;

·         Excellent writing skills, with a track record of summarizing complex material for a variety of audiences;

·         Experience collecting and analyzing information using qualitative methods, such as document reviews (including as administrative records, or trade or scholarly literature) or semi-structured interviews;

·         Comfort with and understanding of quantitative methods and ability to interpret numbers, charts, and tables; and

·         Experience working within a client-centered, and team- and project-based environment.


•         Experience with SPSS, SAS, STATA (or similar statistical application); and
•         Familiarity with – or interest in – workforce development, career and technical education, adult continuing education, or a related policy/program area.

Compensation will be based on the candidate’s level of experience. Salary and benefits are competitive with similar positions at nonprofit and academic organizations. All submissions must be made through the Research Foundation Careers website. Go to or search for PVN # GS-1509-000726 under research careers. Only complete submissions will be reviewed.

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/American with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer

National Women’s Political Caucus NY (NWPC-NY) Candidate Training

The National Women’s Political Caucus NY (NWPC-NY) Candidate Training is for women who aspire to hold elected office and individuals interested in helping women candidates and their campaigns. Classes meet Saturdays, September 19 to November 21, 10am – 1pm at the Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd St, 18th Floor, New York, NY.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the essential tools needed to run a political campaign, including leadership development, building a solid base/viable platform and ethics. Engage in real world simulations facing women candidates. Upon completion of the classes, receive the NWPC-NY “Candidate Training Certificate.”

Invite a friend or colleague to register now! Registration ends 9/15. To register contact: 

Pre-requisite: 1 page double-spaced essay describing the political office you seek and your aspirations for office.
Registration Fee: $250 | Limited scholarship assistance available

*The NWPC candidate training is open to all without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic. Though NWPC candidate training is focused on increasing the number of qualified women who run for office, the training is not limited to women.

Livestream: Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party (9/18)

With: Randi Weingarten | Larry Cohen | Juan Gonzalez | Basil Smikle | Ed Ott

[A version of this post published on 9/11 has been edited to include the livestream window. – Ed.]

American Labor is facing the most exciting political contest since 2008’s rivalry between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both candidates have a long record support from unions.  During their overlapping time in the Senate they voted together 93% of the time.

While this (mostly behind the scenes) contest is going on, the official DNC debate schedule will only start in late October. Partisans for each candidate and observers interested in the process are eager to see the first debate of the season – even if the candidates aren’t present, and the debate format is a friendly roundtable. Please come back on Friday, 9/18, at 8.30 am for the livestream of Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party.The video will appear below.

Regardless of who becomes the Democratic Party candidate for President in 2016, organized labor is poised once again to spend millions of dollars on the Democratic candidate. What is labor shopping for? What is it likely to get for its political money? How will it determine whether or not its resources were wisely spent? Will the larger, diverse working-class find a distinct voice in a political environment dominated by big money?


  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Larry Cohen, Making Progressive Politics Work; former President, Communications Workers of America
  • Juan Gonzalez, reporter for Daily News and co-host of Democracy Now!
  • Basil Smikle, Executive Director, New York State Democratic Party

Moderated by Ed Ott, Distinguished Lecturer, The Murphy Institute

Al Jazeera on Unionization, Pay Discrimination

The latest report from Murphy Professors Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, The State of the Unions: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the United States, continues to gain coverage, this time over at Al Jazeera. In an article by Murphy alum Ned Resnikoff (Unionization found to reduce pay discrimination, Al Jazeera, 9/7/15), the writer outlines some findings from the report:

The earnings gap between black and nonblack workers is smaller among union members than among members of the labor force as a whole, according to a report issued Friday from the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

The report found that unionized black workers make a median $21.62 per hour, roughly 10 percent less than unionized nonblack workers’ $24.04 hourly wage. Nonunion black workers earned a median $13.65 per hour, compared with nonunion nonblack workers’ $17.00 — a nearly 20 percent pay disadvantage. Continue reading Al Jazeera on Unionization, Pay Discrimination

Praise for Murphy Institute via DC37

The latest issue of the DC 37 newsletter features a column by Murphy Institute alum Moira Dolan singing high praise for Murphy programs, faculty and students. Dolan is senior assistant director at the DC 37 Research and Negotiations Department and recently graduated from the Murphy Institute, in part thanks to assistance from the DC 37 Education Fund. She writes:

Because of my work in the DC 37 Research and Negotiations Dept. the Labor Studies Program at CUNY was a perfect fit[…]

Some of my favorite teachers included Ed Ott, who taught public sector and public policy, and who told many fascinating anecdotes from the past; Ruth Milkman, who taught labor and immigration; Steve Jenkins from SEIU 32 B-J, who instructed us on corporate research methods; and Josh Freeman, who taught labor history.

As compelling as these educators were, my fellow students were even more interesting. Through them, I got to know what it’s like to work at other unions — or be represented by other unions.

To read the full article, click here.