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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 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




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.