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Spend This Spring in the NYC Labor Movement!

“It let me know that there are ways to have a career in social activism…I can say that this is the most I ever learned in one semester of my life.”   – student participant

New York Union Semester pairs students with union internships and Labor Studies classes. Dig deep into a movement for worker’s rights and social change this semester!

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• Intern four days a week with a union or worker organization in New York City. Students might get experience in research, organizing, public policy, communications, workforce development, and more.
• Enroll in Labor Studies courses at the Murphy Institute and earn a Certificate in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
• Take advantage of many networking opportunities in the labor movement and get to know the New York City labor movement from the inside.
• Earn a $7,000 living stipend and scholarship to help cover costs of tuition (all in-state), fees and living expenses.

 

While we accept applications on a rolling basis, you should submit your application and other application materials by November 10th, if you are applying for the Spring Semester.

Find more information and the application at www.unionsemester.org.

Information on tuition and fees available here.

Watch our coordinator talk about the program, then call or email at 212-642-2075 or sarah.hughes@cuny.edu.

Dates for the Spring 2016 Semester:

First day of orientation: January 25, 2016

First day of internship: February 1, 2016

Last day of internship: May 12, 2016

Last day of program/celebration: May 20, 2016

 

What’s YOUR Story?

 

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By Carey Garrison

This Friday, October 23, the Central Labor Council’s Young Workers will be hosting a fun yet educational event that promotes storytelling as a powerful way of accomplishing change.  The event invites young workers (18-35) to come out Friday between 5pm to enjoy refreshments and socializing, followed by a well-developed educational portion at 6:30pm that breaks down the essentials of storytelling and encourages interaction and discussion, followed by a party and an opportunity for continued discussion at 8pm.  From my experiences working with the CLC Young Workers, this event is going to be a uniquely fun yet engaging experience for young workers.  But the question then becomes—why?  Why young workers, why select such a particular demographic to represent and engage workers, what makes this group of individuals unique?

As a millennial who is new to the labor movement, I see potential in engaging the younger generations to accomplish change for all.  Sure, my generation is often criticized for the overuse of technology, the inability to commit and settle down, and the futile combination of ideological views with political apathy; but I think that behind these negative stereotypes, millennials have plenty to bring to the table. Continue reading What’s YOUR Story?

Murphy Alumni: Organize, Organize, Organize!

Murphy alumni have been gaining some press as of late.

New York Taxi Workers Alliance staffer and Union Semester alum Ryan Richardson joined cab drivers Bill Lindauer, Victor Salazar, and Asim Akhtar as they heckled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on the set of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (via NY Daily News.) Meanwhile, another Union Semester alum, Liam Lynch, was featured on KUT.org for NYCOSH‘s work seeking out 9/11 responders and survivors in Texas and beyond.

Here’s to our vibrant and active alumni community!

Introducing Fall 2015 NY Union Semester Students

The Fall semester is upon us, and we’re gearing up to welcome yet another Union Semester cohort! Introducing the Fall 2015 class….

For information on joining the class of Spring 2016, find us at www.unionsemester.org.

 

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Siddika Degia
Originally from India, Siddika has lived in New York City since the age of seven. She is a junior at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She is studying politics, labor studies, and social justice issues. She is attending the NY Union Semester to gain experience and a better understanding about the labor movement.

Siddika is interning at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 in the Education department.

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Erica Dodt
Erica Dodt was born and raised in the Midwest. She created her own undergraduate major in social justice, focusing on pedagogy, law, and gender at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is a movement educator and organizer who is interested in the Union Semester to hone her skills at synthesizing research, analysis, reflection, and community self-determination.

Erica is interning at the Writers Guild of America East, in the organizing department.

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Casey Garrison
My name is Casey Garrison and I am a junior anthropology major at Hendrix College. I was born in Southern California and grew up in a small town just south of Little Rock, Arkansas. My interests include educational anthropology, issues in urban poverty, and social justice. I am attending Union Semester in order to broaden my experiences with applied anthropology and further my understanding of labor unions and the fight for social justice in New York.

Casey is interning at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3.

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Robin Beck
After growing up in Syracuse and Rochester, Robin Beck has lived in Ohio, Newark, and NYC. He has years of experience working in food service and retail, and has been active in the labor and Palestine solidarity movements.

Robin in interning with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 in the Political Action department.

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Marisa Budlong
Marisa is from the East Bay Area, but spent the last four years in the Greater Boston studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, she restarted the Brandeis Labor Coalition and was part of a group of feminist activists who created Brandeis Students Against Sexual Violence. Marisa wants to engage in carving out spaces for growth and empowerment within hierarchical systems, especially concerning the livelihood and agency of womyn. She is hopeful that Union Semester will allow her to continue this work and nuance her understanding of how the labor movement intersects in people’s lives.

Marisa is interning with the United Federation of Teachers in the Political Action department.

emilyallenEmily Allen
I was born and raised in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. I moved to New York City when I was 17 and have lived and worked in the city for the past 8 years. I have a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Political Science and plan to attend law school next year.

Emily in interning at the Laborer’s International Union of North America, Local 79 in the Research department.

pranavPranav Pendurthi
Pranav graduated from NYU in 2014 with a major in Philosophy.  He is interested in the history of the labor movement, and exploring how it can be used as a structural means by which to counteract inequity.

Pranav is interning at the New York State Nurses Association with the Community Affairs department.

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Alexandra Antioco
Alexandra is a Brooklyn Native, with a B.A in Political Science. She has a passion for social justice and joined Union Semester to get a better understanding of Labor Unions and workers rights as well as to become a better organizer.
Alexandra is interning at the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 Training and Upgrading Fund.
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Mohammad Amin
Mohammad is an immigrant from Bangladesh. He graduated from UCLA with a B.Sc in Math/Econ in 2015. He wants to become a union researcher. He also has deep passion for worker rights in third world countries.

 

Mohammad is interning with 32BJ, Service Employees International Union in the Contracts and Grievances Center.

Union Semester Students Explore New York City

By Michael Murphy

As part of the Union Semester program at the Murphy Institute, students are enrolled in a course titled “Work, Culture, and Politics in New York City.” The course readings are designed to complement trips to museums, archives, guided tours, and industrial sites such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, allowing students to take advantage of the wealth of resources offered by the city. Recently, the class visited two outdoor parks that have changed the way New Yorkers think about the potential uses of public space, the built environment, and the waterfront.

First, the class traveled to the High Line in Chelsea to explore the intersection of industry, nature, and economic development. This former elevated railway was transformed into a public park by the nonprofit Friends of the High Line, which generated financial support from private donors and the city. It runs along Tenth Avenue until a sharp turn at West 30th Street allows visitors to meander closer to the Hudson River. During our visit, students were asked to take a photo that connects this unique urban space with the themes of the course. Continue reading Union Semester Students Explore New York City

Fall 2015 is coming quick…will you be fighting for change?

“I felt like I was in it, in the movement. That feeling of belonging is really powerful. Most importantly, it gave me tools and tactics, and helped me prioritize those tactics.” – Spring 2012 Union Semester participant

Spend your next semester in the NYC Labor Movement!

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New York Union Semester pairs students with union internships and Labor Studies classes. Learn, organize, advocate, critique, share, empower.

• Participate four days a week in an internship with a union or worker organization in New York City.
• Take in Labor Studies courses at the Murphy Institute and earn a Certificate in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
• Take advantage of many networking opportunities in the labor movement and get to know the New York City labor movement from the inside.
• Earn a living stipend and scholarship to help cover costs of tuition (all in-state), fees and living expenses.
While we accept applications on a rolling basis, you should submit your application and other application materials by June 12th, if you are applying for the Fall Semester.

Find more information and the application at www.unionsemester.org.

See the video from our Google Hangout May 13. 

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Spend your next semester where academics and activism intersect.