Category Archives: Union Semester

Graduated, But Not Gone: Murphy Institute Alumni Network Meets

As the latest group of Murphy MA candidates prepared to graduate, a small group of alumni and alumni-to-be met to form a network. This first Murphy alumni meeting took place on May 19th at the Murphy Institute.

With the help of Murphy staff members, the group of MA program and Union Semester students discussed the prospects and possibilities for continuing alumni involvement in the labor studies arena at CUNY SPS. Continue reading Graduated, But Not Gone: Murphy Institute Alumni Network Meets

Returning to Union Semester

Union Semester fall 2007 participants from left to right: Alex Bloom, UFT member and teacher at PS 8 in Brooklyn, Ryan Richardson works at New York Taxi worker Alliance, Sally Kim works at the UAW Global Organizing Initiative in Detroit, Emma Lang is the Board President of the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence, MA and Sarah Hughes is the Coordinator of the Union Semester Program at the Murphy Institute.

Sarah Hughes came on as the Union Semester Program Coordinator at the Murphy Institute in February.

“Tourists take pictures of the World Trade Center site; I go to press conferences there and meet rescue workers trying to get workers’ compensation. Tourists shop down Broadway or see the musicals; I march down Broadway with other union members to end the war in Iraq and meet striking stagehands.”

On my first day of work at the Murphy Institute as the coordinator of the Union Semester program, I found this newsletter clipping on my desk, with a picture of a much younger me at the top. It was an article I had written for the CWA 1180 Communique, where I had been placed as an intern when I participated in the Union Semester program in the fall of 2007.

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