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Opening: Extension Associate in the Worker Institute – School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University


The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for an Extension Associate in the Worker Institute.

The position of Extension Associate – Co-Director Cornell Union Leadership Institute within the Worker Institute (WI) in the Extension/Outreach Division of the ILR School is responsible for providing a range of training, content development and programming primarily in the area of labor-based education programs.

The Extension Associate will co-direct the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute, a training program housed within the Worker Institute in the ILR (School of Industrial and Labor Relations) Outreach Division. This program enrolls approximately 30 students from various unions all over the Northeast each year. The program has existed since 2001 and has graduated over 330 leaders of unions, central labor bodies, and worker-centered social justice organizations.

The curriculum requires the completion of six classroom seminars and two fieldwork projects as well as three optional electives, either online or in class. A potential student in this leadership training program must be nominated and sponsored by his/her organization, and entrance to the program is competitive. Each class of 30 students enters together as a cohort. Seminars are held each year in July (one week in duration), October, January, March and May (three days each in duration). Field projects are due in January and in July. In July, the graduating students return to Ithaca for their final week-long seminar.

The Extension Associate position is a non-tenure track academic term position with up to a three year initial appointment. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Project Director, Thematic Lead and Associate Dean of Outreach as well as available funding and work.

More information about the ILR School can be obtained at our web site,


• Master’s or PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations, Worker Rights, Social Science or related field.
• Demonstrated relevant professional leadership and network development at the state, regional, national, and/or international areas in relevant professional, trade, policy, or public networks.
• Minimum of three to six years teaching related courses in college-level environment, conducting training to relevant target audience, and/or conducting research in the thematic content area.
• Demonstrated writing ability and scholarly record in the thematic content area (articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles in trade publications, research and project reports, informational brochures, policy briefs, etc.).
• Strong written and oral communication skills and experience teaching adult learners.
• Familiarity with the trade union movement, professional organizations, and non-profit entities.
• Commitment to the labor movement and social justice issues.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in large project management (e.g. several staff and budgets exceeding $500,000).
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in promoting thematic area program teaching, consultation, and research services to regional, state, or national networks through the use of in-person, print, and electronic mediums.
• Demonstrated experience in leading teams and mentoring, coaching, and supervising teaching personnel: three to five years preferred.
• Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in successful grant writing and grant management.
• Minimum of one to three years of experience with distance learning.

To be considered for this position, please apply on-line.

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Tenant Organizer & Advocate at Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn, NY

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), is a nationally recognized South Brooklyn based, non-profit community development corporation formed in 1978 whose mission is to advance economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents has genuine opportunities to achieve their goals as well as the power to shape the community’s future. FAC works to transform the lives of over 5,500 low and moderate income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and just.

To achieve our mission FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. In addition to our grassroots neighborhood work, we are actively involved in broader coalitions and campaigns.

The Tenant Advocate will work collaboratively with Tenant Organizing & Advocacy staff to provide high quality direct services to tenants, including tenants’ rights workshops, advocacy regarding repairs and landlord harassment, and leadership development for residents of the community. The Tenant Organizer & Advocate will assist in a weekly intake for tenants in need, manage cases, and staff building and community organizing efforts as needed. In addition to working out of FAC’s main office in Gowanus/Park Slope the position will work out of the busy Sunset Park office of FAC’s affiliate, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, as needed which has a small dedicated staff.

This position reports to the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at Fifth Avenue Committee, and s/he will receive on-site supervision and support from the Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable working independently and collaboratively.


Tenant Counseling:

  • Provide housing counseling and case management services to tenants facing eviction and/or living in distressed housing;
  • Provide referrals to legal services and relevant assistance to tenants facing eviction and/or living in distressed housing;
  • Accompany tenants to housing court if they are unable to secure access to legal services;
  • Assist tenants with applying for housing related benefits such as SCRIE and DRIE;
  • Assist tenants with filing housing related complaint forms with the NYS DHCR ;
  • Educate community residents about their rights as tenants, and assess eligibility for public benefits, and other resources;
  • Conduct tenant rights workshops at local schools, senior centers, religious institutions and community organizations.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate participant records, enter information in databases in a timely manner, and compile outcomes and deliverables on services for funder reports and special events;


  • Participate in regular staff meetings and professional development activities;
  • Assist in grant and contract reporting for private and government funders as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

Community Organizing:

  • Provide support for existing building organizing work and identify new buildings for outreach;
  • Develop leadership among counseling participants and tenants in neighborhood buildings; encourage community engagement through Inquilinos Unidos, tenant organizing group facilitated by Fifth Avenue Committee;
  • Participate and encourage member engagement in local, city-wide and national housing advocacy campaigns;
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community leaders, partner organizations, staff of elected officials and other related institutions.
  • Represent FAC and NHN in neighborhood and issue-based coalitions that have relevancy to FAC and NHN’s mission.


  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish required;
  • Prior knowledge of NYC tenant rights, tenant organizing, eviction prevention, and/or public benefits required;
  • Some exposure to NYC affordable rental housing issues and trends preferred;
  • Experience working in a community-based, not for profit setting preferred;
  • Comfortable working with low-income, immigrant residents, many undocumented;
  • Ability to learn quickly and utilize creative problem solving skills;
  • Detail-oriented, able to establish priorities in collaboration with program staff, and meet reporting deadlines;
  • Able to work independently in an intimate, fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, dignity and social justice;
  • Sense of humor, humility and respect;
  • Commitment to FAC’s mission.

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume by October 31st, 2014 to:

Dave Powell
Director of Organizing and Advocacy
Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Please indicate “Tenant Advocate” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

Fifth Avenue Committee is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).

People of color, community residents, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Things to Come? The Philadelphia Case

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By Stanley Aronowitz

Appointed by the Republican Governor Tom Corbett, the School Reform Commission (SRC) unilaterally canceled the Philadelphia Public Education contract on Monday, October 6th. The agreement covers 15,000 teachers and other staff workers. And SRC announced that it intends to take over the union-controlled benefits program and impose 5%-13% employee contributions instead of its current fee-free features. The union was not notified of the Commission’s move in advance. Its president Jerry Jordan promised to fight and said the union would consider “job actions” if members were ready for them.

Since the financial depression of 2007-2008, public sector unions have been on a seven-year defensive. Many contracts have been negotiated with below-inflation rate salary increases, or none at all. Health and pension benefits almost inevitably require employee contributions, and many programs are diluted. In New York City, the United Federation of Teachers negotiated a nine-year agreement (four of them covering the past years of zero salary raises) that fails to match the actual inflation, although the benefits program remains unchanged.

Philadelphia education workers are not plagued by a Taylor Law prohibiting strikes or job actions, but the Pennsylvania bargaining environment is no less grim. Continue reading Things to Come? The Philadelphia Case

September Protests

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By Stanley Aronowitz

September was an eventful month for social protests.

Here at home, an estimated 400,000 marchers filled the streets of New York City to demand urgent action to stem climate change. Global warming is only the tip of the crisis: flooding, severe hurricane activity, droughts and unexpected heat waves have recently afflicted large portions of the planet. The climate march comprised a wide range of groups, including large contingents from the unions, environmental organizations and a surprising array of unaffiliated citizens.

On Monday, September 29 hundreds of members of the Professional Staff Congress, the union of faculty and staff of the City University of New York rallied for a raise on the street facing the main entrance to Baruch College, where the CUNY Board of Directors was meeting. Like other city and state workers, the union’s 23,000 members had not received a raise for four years.

The pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong exemplified a more militant response. Continue reading September Protests

The growing disjunction in education policy

This article originally appeared on The Hill.

By Basil Smikle Jr.

A flurry of activity among education reformers across the country exposes a growing bifurcation within its ranks, uncovered by recent challenges to teacher tenure in New York. Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s Partnership for Educational Justice, which recently recruited renowned attorneys David Boies and Laurence Tribe, seeks to reform teacher tenure laws, mirroring activities that led to California’s controversial Vergara ruling. But earlier this month, the New York City Parents Union filed suit separately alleging that Brown’s group failed to include scores of minority parents in their complaint. This troubling yet pervasive tableau has bedeviled modern reform movements since their inception: Leadership has remained predominantly white, even though the target populations are overwhelmingly black and Latino. And these battles are contributing to a growing disjunction in education policy and among stakeholders within communities and across cities.  Continue reading The growing disjunction in education policy