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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

Jail Workers & the Fight to Close Rikers

The fight to close the Rikers Island Jail complex has received renewed attention since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan last March to close down the facility in the next 10 years. Many have welcomed the moved, but one group has expressed resistance: correctional officers.

In a recent article in the Daily News, Brooklyn College sociology professor Alex Vitale argues that this resistance is misguided:

Corrections unions face a difficult challenge in the months and years ahead. Do they continue to defend a broken institution in the hopes of saving jobs or do they look for concrete ways to ensure that the people who work at Rikers have secure economic futures?

The irony of this dilemma is that the men and women who work at Rikers know better than almost anyone what a failed institution it is. They see day in and day out the deteriorating infrastructure, inadequate management, and culture of violence that organizes their daily work life. Continue reading Jail Workers & the Fight to Close Rikers

Photos: The City is The Factory: Discussion and Book Party​​

On November 3rd, faculty, students and community members gathered for a lively discussion and celebration of The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age​, co-edited by Miriam Greenberg, University of Santa Cruz and Penny Lewis, Murphy Institute, CUNY.

Contributors Penny Lewis, Miriam Greenberg, Stephanie Luce, Shannon Gleason and Melissa Checker discussed today’s urban-based struggles for change, asking: what are the new kinds of organizing that we’re seeing emerging in cities today? What challenges do they face, what potential do they have?

Some photos from the event are below!

Conference: Janus & Beyond: The Future of Public Workers (11/17)

Friday, November 17th, 2017
9am-4pm

Murphy Institute
25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor, New York, NY
REGISTER HERE

Join union leaders, scholars and activists during this one-day conference to discuss the implications of the Janus v. AFSCMEcase for workers and organized labor, possible immediate outcomes, and strategic options for combatting the attack on public sector unionism.

Speakers include:

  • Janella Hinds, Secretary-Treasurer of the NYC Central Labor Council
  • City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor
  • Tony Utano, President of Transport Workers Union Local 100
  • Barbara Terrelonge, Director of Organizing at DC37, AFSCME

Continue reading Conference: Janus & Beyond: The Future of Public Workers (11/17)

Murphy Director Receives City & State Corporate Social Responsibility Award

On October 19th, Murphy Institute Founder & Director Greg Mantsios was honored by City & State in recognition of his work in labor.  City & State CSR showcases outstanding New York business leaders and corporations through its series of highly-publicized award ceremonies, conferences, and specialty publications, for their tremendous work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. The Labor & Law Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the well-being of New York and its citizens through their accomplishments such as promoting respect for human rights, good governance and transparency, combating exploitative working conditions, offering pro-bono services and community giving.

Check out photos from the event here.

Event: The City is The Factory: Discussion and Book Party​​ (11/3)

Murphy Institute
25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor, New York, NY
Program at 6pm, reception to follow

Join us to discuss and celebrate the publication of The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age​, co-edited by Miriam Greenberg, University of Santa Cruz and Penny Lewis, Murphy Institute, CUNY.

Contributors will be joined by local organizers to discuss today’s urban-based struggles for change. What are the new kinds of organizing that we’re seeing emerging in cities today? What challenges do they face, what potential do they have?

Speakers include:

  • Penny Lewis, Murphy Institute, CUNY
  • Miriam Greenberg, University of Santa Cruz
  • Shannon Gleason, Cornell University
  • Melissa Checker, Queens College, CUNY
  • Stephanie Luce, Murphy Institute, CUNY

After the discussion join us the us to celebrate the publication of this important anthology.