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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 (, Lise Gelernter (, William Herbert (, or Ariel Avgar ( with any question or inquiries regarding this call for papers. Paper and session abstracts should be submitted via email to 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, or call (718) 297-5570, for more information.

Recruitment for Coro’s ‎Immigrant Civic Leadership Program is Underway

The Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) builds the capacity of organizational leaders and emerging changemakers with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in immigrant communities across the five boroughs. Coro will provide approximately 20 participants with a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals. All participants develop a Community Change Project that will strengthen their immigrant community so that the program impact goes beyond the training room. ICLP is a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition. The online application is due on Monday, June 12, 2017. Click here to learn more about ICLP.

FWPA Announces 3-Month Fundraising Training Program

FPWA is excited to announce Fundraising for Social Impact, a three-month training program for nonprofit leaders. Fundraising professionals will explore traditional and nontraditional fundraising strategies and learn to think strategically about ways to expand resources for their organizations. Participants will work towards creating and implementing a fundraising plan that is guided by social justice values and incorporates a vision for long-term social change. All participants will receive one hour of individual coaching at no additional cost.

Deadline to apply is April 28th. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Coaches Needed for CFL’s Leadership Institute for Worker Cooperatives

The Center for Family Life (CFL) Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker owned businesses by partnering with immigrant communities for the past 10 years. These businesses provide services including cleaning, eldercare, dog walking, tutoring and more, and provide dignified work and leadership opportunities to their members.

The Leadership Institute is a new program by CDP that provides a platform for 19 worker-owners of 9 different cooperatives to develop leadership through trainings and hands-on experience. Attached is a full description of the Leadership Institute. We are currently recruiting volunteer coaches to support with coaching the coordination fellowship interns during their weekly 4-hour internships.  The internships are an opportunity for members to work on the tasks directly related to their business and receive coaching in areas they would like to improve.

The role of the coach is to:

  • Put together an agenda for the Friday sessions, with some support from cooperative developers
  • Facilitate 1 teach-in per session (mini 45min workshops on an area requested by members, ex. Introduction to google docs, English practice)
  • Assist members with tasks they need to do for their coop (including a range of things from supporting Spanish speakers in making phone calls, signing up for events, creating Google docs or simple marketing materials, etc.)
  • Check-in with members monthly to see how they are progressing towards their preset learning goals

Logistical information:

Date:                     ASAP and for a duration of minimum 2 months.

Hours:                   Fridays 9am – 1pm (Group 1) & 1pm -5pm (Group 2). We are looking for volunteers who can commit to coaching 1 of the groups OR both groups.

Location:              443 39th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Please contact & if you are interested in offering your volunteer services to this program.

Fall Graduate Class: Economic Democracy Against Economic Crisis

Taught by Evan Casper-Futterman
With Guest Lectures by Dario Azzellini

This class will be cross-listed in the Masters Programs of both Labor and Urban Studies. Speak to your adviser about registration.
Monday nights at the Murphy Institute

In the 1950s, labor unions claimed membership in 35% of the workforce. Today, density of labor unions outside of government employees is 6.7%. This precipitous decline in the economic and political power of working people begs the question: who will act as the countervailing economic and political forces to capital and inequality in the 21st century? This course will identify and examine multiple forms of workers’ self-management and cooperative enterprises and institutions throughout history, both as a reaction to economic crisis and as a coherent vision for a humane and just society. The course explicitly approaches cooperatives and self-management not as an “alternative business model,” but as part of labor history and labor struggles. This reconnects the idea of cooperatives to their origins and shows the potential of cooperatives in putting forward different values for a more just and participatory politics, economics, and society.


Evan Casper-Futterman is a 3rd generation New Yorker living in the Bronx. He earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans in 2011, was a White House Intern in the Spring of 2012 in the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Urban Affairs and a Research Fellow for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and economic development. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). His writing has been published in The Lens and The Huffington Post, as well as the peer-reviewed Berkeley Planning Journal. He contributed a chapter in the edited volume, The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (2013).

Dario Azzellini, Murphy Institute visiting scholar, is a political scientist, lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and filmmaker. He has published several books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, including An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and self-administration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America.