Organizing 2.0 is the New York region’s premier skills training conference for organizers, communicators, techies and activists of all levels.
Join hundreds of staff and members of unions, community organizations, grassroots campaigns and local nonprofits, independent activists too, for workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking opportunities. We feature visionary speakers, and provocative debates around strategy and practices.
Trainings include: online to offline organizing, digital strategy, member engagement, visual storytelling and much more.
On Friday, March 23rd, the Murphy Institute hosted 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”. Missed the event or want to see it again? Check out the video below:
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
This June, the men’s World Cup will begin. Billions of people throughout the world will cheer their favorite team and players. Given the diverse nature of the Murphy Institute community, there will be cheerful disagreement as to which team is the best.
However, in a special treat for soccer fans associated with the Murphy Institute, the global union for soccer players, FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnel/International Federation of Professional Footballers) has put out a short inspiring video with some of the leading male and female soccer players in the world. The video, which begins with the incomparable Lionel Messi of Argentina, features talented players discussing the importance of unions and of collective bargaining at work. These famous athletes stress the importance of equal rights, respect, and justice for all workers, including footballers.
So, while many in the Murphy Institute community may disagree about which is their favorite team, this video features players we can all cheer for in this men’s World Cup and in the upcoming Women’s World Cup.
Jay Youngdahl is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Murphy Institute.
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.
Friday, March 23, 9am-12:30pm Co-sponsored by the Murphy Institute, CUNY and The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR
An interactive program bringing strategies, resources, and creativity together to create an equity framework for fighting harassment in the workplace and community.
9:00-9:15 am – Welcome and Intro Exercise
KC Wagner, The Worker Institute, Cornell ILR, NYC
Jenny DeBower, Center for Anti-Violence Education – Finding and Raising your Voice!
9:15-9:30 am – Cultural, Legal & Legislative Landscapes
Maya Raghu, National Women’s Law Center
9:30-9:40 am – Participant Witness and Share
9:40-10:40 am Panel – Promising Practices
Unions and Legislative Strategies – Sarah Lyons and Roushaunda Williams, UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago
Community and Union Engagement – Quentin Walcott, CONNECT
Leveraging Worker Voice –Catherine Barnett, ROCU and One Fair Wage
Catalysts for Change – Ana Avendaño, The United Way World Wide
10:40-10:50 am – Participant Pair Dialouge
10:50-11:20 am – Q & A with Panel
1:00-3:00pm– Break Out Sessions (These are concurrent sessions. See registration to join one; RSVP is needed in addition to the main program)
Break Out A: Upstander Training: Upstander workshops are designed to equip those facing hate and violence with de-escalation skills and basic self-defense techniques. Additionally, this training empowers bystanders with the tools they need to help those facing harassment by choosing intentionally from a continuum of tactics. These two approaches combined offer New Yorkers unique and critical options for keeping our communities as safe as possible and mitigating violence. Led byThe Center for Anti-Violence Education
Break Out B: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: This presentation gives a general overview of discrimination in employment and then addresses the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. The presentation coverers the form, impact and components of sexual harassment; liability; what can a victim or witness of sexual harassment do. In addition, case scenarios are presented for group discussion. Lastly, penalties, remedies and the Commission’s complaint process are explained. Led by NYC Commission on Human Rights
A conversation about workers, communities and social justice