On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, CUNY SPS hosted a beautiful commencement event at Carnegie Hall, including graduates from Murphy Institute programs in Labor Studies and Urban Studies.
Congratulations to all!
In “Millennials May Turn the Tide Toward Unionization,” featured in yesterday’s New York Times, Murphy Professor Ruth Milkman offers tempered optimism about Gawker Media staffers’ recent unionization and the potential for new labor organizing campaigns:
“…in the “new economy,” young workers are less likely to be unionized than their older counterparts. But that doesn’t seem to reflect workers’ own preferences. In fact recent surveys show that millennials — the dominant demographic at Gawker and other digital media companies — are far more often pro-union than their baby boomer counterparts.”
“To make a real difference in today’s economy, unions need to meet the needs of young, college-educated workers like those at Gawker as well as workers struggling at the bottom of the labor market, in industries like fast-food and retail. As inequality between the haves and have-nots continues to widen, organized labor is the one surviving institution that systematically pushes in the other direction.”
For the full column, visit the New York Times.
On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, the Murphy Institute hosted the third annual Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor reception and awards ceremony. The reception, which began with remarks from CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and Murphy Director Greg Mantsios, was followed by a formal program featuring three rising leaders in the labor movement: Shaun Francois, President, Local 372, DC 37 AFSCME, Dolly Martinez of the Retail Action Project, and Jonathan Westin of New York Communities for change.
Six students were then awarded full scholarships to attend Murphy programs: Adriane Hudson, Jack Suria Linares, Onieka O’Kieffe, Stacey Payton, Andrea Pluas and Nadya Stevens.
The program ended with a tribute to Arthur Cheliotes, the President of Local 1180, Communication Workers of America, who was presented with the Joseph S. Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the Murphy Institute and to the workers of New York.
Congratulations to all the award recipients and to the growing Murphy community!
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Murphy Institute conducted an executive briefing on labor in New York City for City Council members convened by Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor.
The briefing provided City Council members with an in-depth view of the role and status of organized labor in New York and the nation. It included presentations by Murphy Institute faculty, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, and New York Central Labor Council Political & Legislative Director, Anthony Thomas. Continue reading Murphy Institute Briefs City Council on Labor in NYC
Congratulations to our spring 2015 Capstone students in our Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies! With the guidance of Dr. Michael Fortner, these graduate candidates presented the following research papers on Tuesday, May 12, 2015:
The effects on the Poverty Rate in New York’s Congressional District 15 since the War on Poverty
Service Needs of the Chronically Homeless in New York City
What Impacts the Success of a Small Business?
Are We Making a Difference? Determining the Relationship between Employee Service Quality and Client Satisfaction
Moving Bogotá: Passengers’ Perception of El Sistema TransMilenio
“Raising Consciousness”: How the CUNY Community Supports 21st Century Learners Find Agency in NYC
African-American Men and HIV CARE in Urban Settings: Myths or Facts
Donald La Huffman
Home Schooling and Socialization: Problem Solved?
How Can Faith-Based Mentoring Programs and Services Impact Youths’ Lives?
Ruth S. McFarlan-Felder
Workforce Development Programs and Socioeconomic Outcomes
Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: Educating African American Men
New York City: Pushing People Out?
The Effect of the Managed Care Transition on Homecare Organizations
Parent and Child Language Differences and Child Delinquency in NYC’s Haitian Immigrant Community
What You Earn and Who You Are Impacts the Healthcare You Receive: The Relationship between Income Inequality, Race and Health Outcomes in the United States
On May 22nd, connect with both global labor history and the ongoing fight for worker justice in this country when the Murphy Institute hosts a screening of , the award-winning film documentary about the historic 1984 South African anti-apartheid labor strike. Director Sinead O’Brien and subjects from the film who staged the historic strike will be on hand, as will Kendall Fells, organizing director of Fight for $15. Proceeds from the event will benefit the .
Tickets available here.
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