Co-sponsored by The Murphy Institute’s Labor Studies Program, CUNY and The NYC Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network
In recent years, structural changes in the labor market, skyrocketing inequality, and rapid technological innovation have sparked renewed debate and speculation about the future of capitalism and the future of work itself. This conference features leading scholars, journalists and activists’ perspectives on these issues.
The day is structured to engage three key debates:
The impact of technological innovation, especially robots and artificial intelligence, on workers and on the labor market
The vast increase in capacity for surveillance and data collection by high-tech firms and its implications for daily life as well as for the workplace
The impact of the ecological crisis and the political failure to address it for the future of capitalism and the future of work.
The conference has three panels, each devoted to one of these debates. Each panel includes one keynote presentation from an expert on the topic, comments from two respondents, followed by discussion with the audience.
This month was the bi-annual Labor Notes Conference of the “International Troublemakers and Boat-Rockers Union.” Those who have never been before can imagine it as the place where grassroots union and worker organizers meet union leadership on their terms, led by those previously left out of leadership in our unions. Youth, women and people of color speak, lead and shine.
At this year’s event in Chicago, Verizon workers and teachers led the day. With 3,000 attendees, the conference had workshops and panels celebrating and teaching the hard-learned ways to organize for deepening democracy and justice at work. Continue reading Dispatch from the Labor Notes Conference→
On Friday, March 23rd, the Murphy Institute hosted book talks from Joshua Freeman, author of “Behemoth: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World” and Louis Uchitelle, author of “Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters”. Missed the event or want to see it again? Check out the video below:
Joshua Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center; Murphy Institute Consortial Faculty
Louis Uchitelle, Journalist and author; lead reporter for award-winning NY Times Series The Downsizing of America
Introduced by Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; Director of Research, Murphy Institute
Friday, March 23, 9am-12:30pm Co-sponsored by the Murphy Institute, CUNY and The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR
An interactive program bringing strategies, resources, and creativity together to create an equity framework for fighting harassment in the workplace and community.
9:00-9:15 am – Welcome and Intro Exercise
KC Wagner, The Worker Institute, Cornell ILR, NYC
Jenny DeBower, Center for Anti-Violence Education – Finding and Raising your Voice!
9:15-9:30 am – Cultural, Legal & Legislative Landscapes
Maya Raghu, National Women’s Law Center
9:30-9:40 am – Participant Witness and Share
9:40-10:40 am Panel – Promising Practices
Unions and Legislative Strategies – Sarah Lyons and Roushaunda Williams, UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago
Community and Union Engagement – Quentin Walcott, CONNECT
Leveraging Worker Voice –Catherine Barnett, ROCU and One Fair Wage
Catalysts for Change – Ana Avendaño, The United Way World Wide
10:40-10:50 am – Participant Pair Dialouge
10:50-11:20 am – Q & A with Panel
1:00-3:00pm– Break Out Sessions (These are concurrent sessions. See registration to join one; RSVP is needed in addition to the main program)
Break Out A: Upstander Training: Upstander workshops are designed to equip those facing hate and violence with de-escalation skills and basic self-defense techniques. Additionally, this training empowers bystanders with the tools they need to help those facing harassment by choosing intentionally from a continuum of tactics. These two approaches combined offer New Yorkers unique and critical options for keeping our communities as safe as possible and mitigating violence. Led byThe Center for Anti-Violence Education
Break Out B: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: This presentation gives a general overview of discrimination in employment and then addresses the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. The presentation coverers the form, impact and components of sexual harassment; liability; what can a victim or witness of sexual harassment do. In addition, case scenarios are presented for group discussion. Lastly, penalties, remedies and the Commission’s complaint process are explained. Led by NYC Commission on Human Rights