On October 13th, 2017, the Murphy Institute hosted a forum exploring the nature and causes of the current mass transit crisis, and focusing on solutions that could enable New York to sustain itself as a world-class city.
Kafui Attoh, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Murphy Institute
Robert Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, City College of New York and Director Emeritus, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC)
Pierina Ana Sanchez, Directer, New York, Regional Planning Association
Andrew Bata, Regional Manager North America, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Committee on Transportation
Under fierce attack from the corporate sector, labor unions are exploring worker co-ops as a way to organize new members, save members’ jobs, create new jobs, and build community alliances. Presenters from NYC, Cincinnati and beyond will share their unions’ experiences with these experiments. Through panels, small group discussions and networking opportunities participants will explore how the co-op business model can help to strengthen and expand our unions.
Ellen Vera – National Manufacturing Organizing Coordinator, IUE-CWA; cofounder, Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative
Mary Hoyer – cochair, UnionCo-ops Council of US Federation of Worker Co-ops
Carmen Huertas-Noble – director, CUNY Law School Community & Economic Development Clinic, legal expert on unionized worker co-ops
Keith Joseph – 1199SEIU rep for Cooperative Home Care Associates, the US’s largest worker coop
David Hammer – ICA Group, consultants to unions on business conversions
Brendan Martin, director, The Working World, which supported the launch of New Era Windows in Chicago
Arturo Archila – United Steel Workers NYC, helped launch a unionized co-op
Roger Green, director, Bunche-DuBois Center for Public Policy Research, Medgar Evers College
Sponsors: UnionCo-ops Council of US Federation of Worker Coops, Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies-CUNY, NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives, FPWA, 1Worker1Vote.org
Believe it or not, Millennials and Baby Boomers have much in common, especially when it comes to the changing U.S. political economy. Join us for an intergenerational happy hour discussion unpacking the impact of America’s fractured social safety net across generations.
It’s no secret that today’s young adult generation faces unprecedented financial insecurity. Compared to when Baby Boomers were young, Millennials (born 1980 and after) have lower incomes, less savings, and lower net worth. They are also disproportionately likely to be uninsured, underemployed, or unemployed, and many are saddled with unprecedented levels of student debt. Continue reading Event: Building Bridges Across the Generation Gap (5/19)→
This all-day conference will assess the unfolding immigration crisis, highlighting the perspectives of labor unions, worker centers, community organizations, and local government. The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict immigration, expand deportations, thwart sanctuary cities, and intensify border enforcement mark dramatic shifts in immigration politics and policies. This event convenes a range of national and local experts and leaders to explore the implications of these national shifts, especially for local immigrant communities and the possibilities for resistance.
10:00am: Introductions and coffee
10:30am-12:00pm: Background and Context
Muzaffar Chishti – Migration Policy Institute, Director of MPI’s office at NYU School of Law
Mae Ngai – Columbia University, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies
Moderator: Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center & Murphy Institute
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (Provided)
1:00-2:30pm: Labor Responses
Esther Lopez – United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Secretary-Treasurer
Eliseo Medina – Service Employees International Union, Former International Secretary-Treasurer
Gonzalo Mercado – National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), New York City Regional Coordinator, and Executive Director at La Colmena – Staten Island Community Job Center
Javaid Tariq – New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Co-Founder and Senior Staff
Modesta Toribio – Make the Road New York, Senior Organizer
Moderator: Ed Ott, Murphy Institute/CUNY, Distinguished Lecturer of Labor Studies
3:00-4:30pm: Community and Local Government Responses
Anu Joshi – NY State Immigrant Action Fund, Deputy Director
Abraham Paulos – Families for Freedom, former Executive Director
Donna Schaper – Judson Memorial Church, Senior Minister
Monica Sibri – CUNY DREAMers, Founder, and New York Fellow at IGNITE National
Moderator: Els de Graauw, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College-CUNY
The Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies, CUNY, is bringing together academics, labor leaders, activists, students, and policy makers to pose crucial questions concerning the criminal justice system and the labor movement’s place and responsibility within it. Our two-day conference, Confronting the Tragedy: Law Enforcement, Unionism, and Communities of Color, is the culmination of a conversation we began last fall at a forum of the same name (videos here). These events are designed to examine the complex and interlocking dynamics of race, class, law enforcement and unionism, and thus to support the work of social justice activists, trade unionists, and policy makers to create a more just system of law enforcement.