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Issue Resolution Team Member at the School of Professional Services, CUNY

General Description:

The School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York
(CUNY SPS) has launched sixteen degrees: ten bachelor’s degrees open
to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete
their undergraduate studies, and six master’s degrees, with more
programs currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in
developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty
throughout CUNY in online instruction. CUNY SPS is also the home of
the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor
Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults
and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for
scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders
seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

CUNY SPS seeks a detail-oriented Issue Resolution Team Member to
support a new partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing
Recovery Operations (HRO) and the Build It Back program. Build It
Back is dedicated to helping New Yorkers living in communities
affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild their homes.

(Four vacancies available)

For more information visit: https://rfcuny.org/hr/pvn/cgi-bin/show_job.asp?pvn=RMP-1144

Cooperative Leadership Intensive (Starts 2/17/18)

Join members of NYC co-ops and solidarity economy enterprise for a deep dive into how we work—individually, collectively, and in community. With curriculum developed in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and delivered by skilled and seasoned facilitators, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to how does power operate in our organizations and our society
  • Effectively relate and respond to our individual needs as leaders
  • Respond to white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and oppression showing up in our organizations and leadership
  • Deepen understanding and knowledge of the unique qualities needed for a cooperative leader
  • Identify, address, and prevent burnout in ourselves and our organizations
  • Use somatic tools to support healthy group functioning
  • Deepen democratic decision-making
  • Gain understanding and awareness of different kinds of leadership styles and personalities, and how to best make use of them in a team
  • Deepen conflict resolution skills
  • Gain a deeper understanding and analysis of the ways co-ops, gardens, and solidarity enterprise can effectively integrate with social movements

Dates

The intensive includes 5 days of programming. We ask participants to attend all days because because each session builds off the last.

1. Saturday February 17th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
2. Sunday February 18th, 2018 (11AM-4PM)
3. Saturday March 10th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
4. Sunday March 11th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
5. Saturday April 7th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)

Cost

Cost is on a sliding scale. Participation in the conference is valued at $1600 per person. Here is a suggested scale:

  • Tier 1 (volunteer organizations who have paid out between $0 and $2000 in wages last fiscal year): scholarships are available
  • Tier 2 (organizations who have paid between $2000 and $20,000 in wages last fiscal year): $200
  • Tier 3 (organizations who have paid between $20,000 and $100,000 in wages last fiscal year): $500
  • Tier 4 (organizations who have paid $100,000 + in wages last fiscal year): $700

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please fill out the application and let us know if cost is an issue for you and we will get back to you regarding assistance.

Facilitators

Zara Serabian-Arthur is a founding member of Meerkat Media, a filmmaking collective and worker cooperative formed in2005. In her work with Meerkat Media, she produces, directs and edits films in collaboration with non-profits and movement organizations, while also taking a leadership role in the group’s facilitation, strategic planning, and educational projects. She is also a member of SolidarityNYC, a volunteer collective that works to connect, support and promote NYC’s solidarity economy through mapping, community-based research and public education, and is a Peer Educator with the Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC. Zara is passionate about the worker cooperative movement, and the interconnected projects of building local solidarity economies and fighting for broader social justice goals.

Lauren Taylor Hudson has been a member of SolidarityNYC since 2012. She is currently a doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where she writes about anti-capitalist organizing among women in NYC. Her research interests concern how economic subjectivities are created between and among those who perform the majority of SE labor, how their narratives of the solidarity economy cohere and diverge from dominant SE discourses, and how such discourses create a sense of ‘movement space’. A native Californian, Lauren now lives in Brooklyn where she tweets about the Solidarity Economy and bad TV at @blactivist

Esteban Kelly: Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting. Esteban is a visionary leader and compassionate strategist who inspires organizers by drawing on science fiction, social theory, and collective liberation.Esteban has been an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and cooperative movements, where he has served on many boards including the Democracy at Work Institute, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association, Mariposa Food Co-op, the LCA land trust, and NASCO (North American Students for Cooperation) where he spent a decade in leadership on both board and staff. Esteban recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and briefly Staff Director. Esteban is a co-founder and the first board President of the cross-sectoral Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), which works to advance a robust, sustainable economy in the Delaware Valley. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to and co-chair of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, and is an advisor to the artist-activist training network, Beautiful Trouble. Internationally, Esteban has advocated for workplace democracy through the ICA (International Cooperative Alliance) and CICOPA (the international worker co-op federation), and for land reform and other social movements from Canada to Brazil.

Ana Martina is the Membership Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Born and raised in Mexico City, her work with community media took her to California and Arizona where she collaborated with different independent media outlets. Once she moved to Philadelphia, she served as the Technical Director with the Prometheus Radio Project supporting communities and organizations across the country in their efforts to access community-owned media. From 2011 to 2014 Ana Martina helped organize the Spanish Speaker Network Gathering at the Allied Media Conference celebrated in Detroit. In 2014 Ana was invited to join the Rhizomatica project where she helped install mobile phone networks owned by autonomous indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. Early spring 2016, she moved back to Philadelphia with her partner and 2 year old. Back in her community now, she is working towards the creation of a bilingual media tech coop.

More information here

Announcing: The Murphy Institute Research Awards Program

Submission deadline:  January 5, 2018

<<APPLICATION LINK>>

Send complete applications to: JSMIAwards@sps.cuny.edu

The Murphy Institute’s Research Awards Program supports original qualitative and quantitative research by CUNY scholars on issues relevant to the labor and social justice movements, both nationally and locally.

Researchers from all academic disciplines are invited to apply. The Awards Program is open to CUNY faculty and Level 3 Ph.D. students (excluding those with appointments at the Murphy Institute). Applicants must submit a CV, a research proposal no longer than 750 words, a budget (up to $10,000) and budget justification. Grant period is March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. Awards will be made from tax-levy funds. Work proposed and budgets must be consistent with CUNY policies, including the multiple position policy. All expenses detailed in the budget must be consistent with University policy for the use of tax levy funds (see CUNY Purchasing Guidelines). Proposal award may not replace current funding sources. Funds may not be used to cover faculty release time or other full-time staffing, but may include compensation for part-time research support and fee-for service costs such as transcription.

Proposals should specify the research question, hypotheses, methodology, and the type of publication or other deliverable the applicant plans to produce (beyond the research paper mentioned below). The proposal should also highlight the proposed project’s benefits to the labor and social justice movements, and a dissemination plan. IRB approval will be required for research involving human subjects. Please refer to the CUNY IRB guidelines. Documentation of IRB approval will be required before funds are disbursed to applicants selected for awards. Award recipients will be required to submit a 20-25 page research paper and may be asked to make a public presentation under Murphy auspices.

A committee of Murphy’s full-time and consortial faculty will make the final selection of awardees. Although full consideration will be given to any labor-related topic, preference will be given to proposals that address the three topic areas described below:

Organizing Strategies

With union density rates now below 11 percent, union organizing is often seen as a prerequisite for success in the struggle for social and economic justice. But employer opposition to organizing is formidable, and the political and legal environment presents many other challenges. What is the future for union organizing in this context? What organizing strategies, models, and techniques are most effective in the 21st Century?

Worker Centers and Alt-Labor

There are now over 200 “worker centers” in the United States, which are engaged in non-traditional forms of labor organizing and advocacy, focused on low-wage and immigrant workers in sectors where traditional unions are absent. What are the strengths and weaknesses of worker centers? Under what conditions do they
succeed? How have they influenced the larger labor movement?

Pay Equity

Although pay equity has been on the labor movement and public policy agenda for decades, it remains an elusive goal. Women working full-time, year-round still earn only 80 percent of what men are paid. That is a narrower gap than in the past – in the 1960s it was 59 percent – but much more is needed. Racial disparities in pay also persist. What can be done to address these inequalities? How do they vary across demographic groups? What can organized labor and social justice organizations do to improve the situation?

Awards will be announced in February 2018.

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Calling All Applicants: 2018 Diversity Scholarship

To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, you must apply to and be accepted into the MA in Labor Studies, or the BA in Urban and Community Studies, labor concentration.

MA or BA application deadlines:  11:59 pm, February 20th, 2018

For information about the MA and BA programs and applications, please contact:

  • Graduate applicants contact Laurie Kellogg, Labor Programs Specialist. Please text or call day or eve: 718-440-1550 or email Laurie.Kellogg@cuny.edu.
  • Undergraduates contact Cherise Mullings, Enrollment Specialist, Urban Studies, at 212-642-2059 or at Cherise.Mullings@cuny.edu.

Please attend an Open House at 6 pm on January 18, 2018,  at The Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd St., 18th Floor, NYC.

Become a better advocate for labor rights and social justice!

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is seeking applicants for the Diversity Scholarships, which are dedicated to supporting diversity in leadership in the labor movement and in the field of Labor Studies.

Applications for the BA and MA programs are due: February 20th, 2018.  Scholarship applications will be due one month later, on March 20th

If you’re seeking to make a difference, advocating for social justice in your community, workplace, or the world, then the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor will help you achieve those goals. As a scholarship recipient, you will:

  • Earn an MA in Labor Studies or BA in Urban and Community Studies
  • Explore the dynamics of worker and community empowerment, urban life, and labor organizing
  • Strengthen your ability to advocate for labor rights, stronger communities, and social justice
  • Advance professionally and personally in a supportive environment
  • Receive up to $30,000 for graduate study or up to $20,000 for undergraduate study

Eligibility Requirements

  • For graduate scholarship: First-time entering students in the MA in Labor Studies degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • For undergraduate scholarship: First-time entering students or continuing students in the BA in Urban and Community Studies degree program (labor concentration) with 60 prior credits  and a minimum 2.5 GPA

Please visit the Murphy Institute website for more information:  www.WorkerEd.org 212-642-2083.

Applications for the Diversity Scholarship are due March 20, 2018.  For more information contact scholarship coordinator, Janet Leslie at 212-642-2083

New Labor Forum Murphy Institute Student Essay Contest

Are you a student or recent alumni of the Murphy Institute? Well we want your essays!

New Labor Forum, the Murphy Institute’s journal of ideas, analysis and debate, is excited to announce a new Essay Contest for currently enrolled students and alumni that have graduated in the past two years.

We invite original essays (neither previously published, nor under consideration for publication elsewhere) on a wide range of topics regarding contemporary working-class life and communities, the politics and policies bearing on those communities, and worker organizing taking place in and outside of organized labor.

Essays may be first person accounts, or scholarly and analytical pieces. We encourage fresh thinking on crucial challenges, provocative and well-grounded arguments, and/or efforts to wrestle with new and concrete information. Contributors should avoid jargon, assumptions, technical language, “academese,” and well-worn rhetoric. For examples of past NLF articles, visit our website.

Editorial guidelines:

Interested students should submit to Samantha.Valente@cuny.edu by

December 19, 2017:

  • An original essay between 1,500 to 2,000 words,
  • Short author bio
  • Submissions must be double-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Please spell out full titles and put acronyms in parentheses at their first use, including commonly used union acronyms.
  • Where endnotes (please do not use footnotes or references) are necessary, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

The winning essay will be published in the May 2018 issue of New Labor Forum and will be featured on the NLF website. The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to New Labor Forum.

The winning author will be notified by March 6, 2018. The winning essay will be judged by the journal editors. All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners will be final.

For more information, please contact Samantha.Valente@cuny.edu.

 

 

 

Call for Papers – The Taylor Law at 50

The Taylor Law at 50: Bright Spots and Pressure Points .The New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and the Taylor Law 50th Anniversary Committee are pleased to invite submissions for a special conference recognizing New York’s Taylor Law and its substantial influence on public sector labor relations over the past 50 years. The conference will take place May 10-11, 2018 in Albany, NY.  Practitioners and scholars interested in presenting their work at the conference should submit an abstract of a proposed paper or session by September 15, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than 1,000 words and should include a detailed description of the focus of the proposed paper or session, its relevance to the conference, and its contribution to the study or practice of public sector labor relations. In addition, session abstracts should also include a list of invited participants and their proposed presentations.  Prospective contributors are encouraged to contact PERB Chair John Wirenius (JWirenius@perb.ny.gov), Lise Gelernter (gelernt@buffalo.edu), William Herbert (wh124@hunter.cuny.edu), or Ariel Avgar (aca27@cornell.edu) with any question or inquiries regarding this call for papers. Paper and session abstracts should be submitted via email to taylorlaw50@cornell.edu. Authors will be notified by December 15 if their paper or session has been accepted to the conference.

For this conference we especially welcome submissions that shed new light on key aspects of the Taylor Law, its application, and its consequences for public sector labor relations. We also encourage submissions that provide a comparative perspective based on evidence from other states or countries. We welcome submissions from practitioners, scholars, policy makers across a wide array of disciplinary domains including, but not limited to, law, history, economics, sociology, political science, labor relations, and human resources.

Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union 28 AFL-CIO Seeks Applications for 5-Year Sheet Metal Industry Program (NYC)

Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union 28 AFL-CIO is looking for qualified applicants for its 5-year program to earn while you learn in a career in the Sheet Metal Industry.

Applications must be completed in person at the Nicholas Maldarelli Training Center, 139-20 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11435, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring valid state ID and social security card.

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age, have good basic math skills and a desire to work hard with their hands and their minds. Applicants will be randomly selected to take an entrance exam for classes entering in 2017. Women are encouraged to apply.      

Visit www.smwialu28.org, or call (718) 297-5570, for more information.