New Labor Forum

New Labor Forum A journal where labor and its allies debate the issues that matter.

New Labor Forum is a national, multidisciplinary, triannual labor journal published by the Murphy Institute and the City University of New York, aimed at leaders and activists in organized labor and academics whose work is focused on working people and their communities.

Beginning Today: Reviving the Poor People's Movement | New Labor Forum

Today's NLF newsletter is dedicated to the , highlighting articles from NLF, a profile of William J. Barber, II, a report on the first day of actions by NPR and a portfolio of movement artwork by

Highlights for May 14th The May 2018 issue of New Labor Forum is out. On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the journal features an article by Reuel Schiller measuring the magnitude of King’s loss in relation to the dissolution of the Poor People’s Movement he...


Our newest issue is hot off the press! With cover artwork by Nicolas Lampert from justseeds! Subscribe today to get yourself a hard copy:

Week of Action: Holding Garment Brands Accountable | New Labor Forum

As the fifth anniversary of the factory collapse approaches, we dedicate a newsletter to articles on the tragedy by NLF, PRI's The World and information on a week of action led by United Students Against Sweatshops for retailers to

NLF Highlights for April 17th This newsletter appears one week in advance of the fifth anniversary of Rana Plaza garment


Our Winter issue is hot off the press! Subscribe today for articles on organizing; bargaining for the common good; resistance; workplace and more from authors including Sarah Jaffe, Joshua Sperber, Marilyn Sneiderman, Peter Olney, Barry Eidlin, Micah Uetricht, Prerna Sampat!


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Rethinking the Problem of Alliance: Organized Labor and Black Political Life

In honor of , we are sharing, in advance, a recent NLF article by Brandon M. Terry and Jason Lee on the historically fraught relationship between the and black political organizations.

The enduring problem of the relationship between leading political currents within organized labor, and those prevailing among African-Americans and black advocacy organizations, has once again bec…

20 Years of New Labor Forum: Newsletter Highlights for November 27th

This weeks newsletter celebrates 20 years of NLF and highlights a few of the many important debates we've hosted over the years on issues ranging from to to new voting demographics and the impacts these issues all have on the labor movement. Check out our newsletter for some excellent pieces from Ana Avendaño, Dan La Botz, Walter Benn Michaels, Alethia Jones, G. Cristina Mora, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, and Richard Alba

We are currently marking the 20th year of publication of New Labor Forum. At first glance, the conditions in which we find ourselves today seem a far cry from those that gave birth to New Labor Forum twenty years ago. The journal’s inaugural editorial statement, back in the fall of 1997, began by....

Top 10 Things Unions Can Do Right Now to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Trade unions were created to fight for the respect and dignity of workers. Futures Without Violence & United Way published a list of actions to create a safe, supportive and accountable workplace for ALL workers.

Unions were established to promote dignity, equality, and respect for all workers. As such, unions have an important role to play in…

New Labor Forum's 20th Anniversary: The Unmet Promise of Labor's Resuscitation & The Future of Mass Organizing

RSVP today for an event on December 8th celebrating 20 years of New Labor Forum! Join a discussion with Stephen Lerner on organizing in the new economy, debate between Phil Thompson and Liza Featherstone on what we must do to build a multi-racial working-class , listen to some and much more!

New Labor Forum, first published in September 1997, was founded to contribute to the new possibilities for debate and discussion among labor and its allies in the wake of the AFL-CIO’s first ever contested elections in 1995. In those heady days, the New Voice leadership at the federation proclaimed…

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The Murphy Institute - CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

To all the Municipal Workers out there (far too many to tag)...we see you.

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CWA Local 1180 Next Generation
District Council 37
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Municipal Labor Committee
and so many more...


Today we featured this incisive speech by Naomi Klein at The Labour Party's annual Labour Conference, in our bi-weekly newsletter. For more sharp critiques of the current political moment, subscribe to our list today!

"Three and a half million U.S. citizens on that island are in desperate need of their government's help but, just like during Katrina, the cavalry is missing in action. Donald Trump is too busy trying to get black athletes fired, smearing them for daring to shine a spotlight on racist violence.."

New Labor Forum Highlights: Oct 2nd, 2017 | Murphy Institute Blog

Read NLF's latest newsletter highlights debating the role of the industry in bringing about a future. Not on our mailing list? Sign-up today!

Home, New Labor Forum New Labor Forum Highlights: Oct 2nd, 2017 October 2, 2017 Murphy Institute Leave a comment The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out s...

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If you're in the New York area, don't miss out on this event!

RSVP today! Murphy's first public program of the new semester will explore the history of , and the future of Join the discussion with David Daley,Joanne Cuevas Ingram from LatinoJustice PRLDEF Michael Li from Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law , Deuel Ross from NAACP Legal Defense Fund, moderated by John Mollenkopf from the The Graduate Center, CUNY

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Jobs at Murphy, Labor and Community Job Opportunities, Opportunities New Labor Forum Seeks Web Designer/Coder for Website August 7, 2017 Murphy Institute Leave a comment New Labor Forum is a national labor journal published three times a year by the Murphy Institute and the City University of New Yo...

Ai-jen Poo: Organizing Labor—With Love

Check out YES! Magazine profile on Ai-Jen Poo, NLF Editorial Board Member and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“I believe that love is the most powerful force for change in the world...I often compare great campaigns to great love affairs because they’re an incredible container for transformation. You can change policy, but you also change relationships and people in the process.”

The YES! Breakthrough 15: Battling for those on the economic bottom rung—domestic workers.

Opinion | Union’s Loss Is the South’s Loss, Too

Another take on the recent loss at Nissan:
"With employers and anti-union politicians telling them that unionization would threaten their jobs, Southern workers choose to stick with what they have rather than risk sharing the fate of their poorly paid neighbors."

The region’s meager pay becomes a reason for holding down the federal minimum wage and an excuse for tightfisted employers to stay that way.

Mississippi Nissan workers hope for historic win in 14-year fight to unionize

Nissan workers in Mississippi are set to vote tomorrow and Friday on whether to join the UAW. A campaign that civil rights activist Frank Figgers calls "a historic struggle about overcoming the effects of slavery in Mississippi."

Check out Mike Elk's coverage of the Nissan workers here:

Support from Bernie Sanders and Danny Glover helped provide momentum to a campaign ‘about overcoming the effects of slavery’

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Labor Studies at The Murphy Institute (Fan Page)

Check out LOCAL 768 of DC37 Executive Vice President Anthony Scruggs talking about the importance of the Cornell-CUNY Labor Relations Certificate Program!

There is ONE WEEK LEFT to Apply to Join our Fall 2017 Classes. For more information or to apply visit

or reach out Rob Callaghan at 212-857-1968.

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Trump’s National Anti-Labor Relations Board

The Senate Committee just voted on two of Trump's appointments to the NLRB. What does this mean for workers rights across the country?

The president’s NLRB nominees portend a bleak future for American workers.

Spring 2017

Get yourself a copy of the newest issue of NLF! Featuring articles on the , and

Volume 26 Issue 2, Spring 2017 CONTENTS From the Editorial Team Under the Radar By Sarah Jaffe Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter. On the Contrary The AFL-CIO “On the Beach…

Opinion | The Unexpected Afterlife of American Communism

From New Labor Forum columnist Sarah Jaffe: the role and influence of the Communist Party, past and present.

Although grass-roots activists have long been painted as alien agitators, a proud homegrown tradition persists.


Great panel happening NOW with Richard D. Wolff, Laura Flanders and more. At the Left Forum.

Live at the Left Forum. "Gramsci's Importance for the Left Today" with Richard D. Wolff, Chris Lynn Hedges, Kate Crehan and The Laura Flanders Show

Quebec construction at near standstill after mass walkout

"A strike was the only choice left for us," Michel Trépanier, a spokesman for the alliance representing five different unions, said in a statement. "Employers are asking us to sacrifice time with our families to be available for work. There are limits and they've been reached."

Construction companies and labour federations unable to sign new collective agreements as Tuesday deadline passes

Labor Studies at The Murphy Institute (Fan Page)

Labor Studies at The Murphy Institute (Fan Page)

Check out a new Murphy report "Labor and Longevity: Unions and the Aging Workforce" by Professors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott on union approaches to the issues of retired workers:

Organizing 2.0

Organizing 2.0

Technology Innovation in Politics and Movement Building
with Progressive Coders Network's Rapi Castillo and Ben Yee of ShiftSpark

Organizing 2.0

Organizing 2.0

Panel: The Future of Digital in Labor
With Elana Levin, Kevin Eitzmann, Asher Huey, Elise Nabors, Brett Banditelli
(digital communicators at the top of their game!)

Organizing 2.0

Organizing 2.0

Watch Judith LeBlanc and L.A. Kauffman at the opening plenary of day 2, Organizing 2.0 Conference 2017


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109 years ago -- On May 1, 1912 (International Workers Day) Hubert Harrison spoke on May Day at Union Square (in New York) to "some 50,000 organized workers, men and women, wearing the bright red of socialism as the world-wide band of labor."
According to novelist and former socialist Henry Miller, who would often attend Harrison’s outdoor talks in this period and considered him his “quondam idol” -- There was no one in those days . . . who could hold a candle to Hubert Harrison. With a few well-directed words he had the ability to demolish any opponent. . . . [he] electrified one by his mere presence.”
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A cautiously hopeful piece on the from New Labor Forum by Sean Sweeny: "The magnitude of the climate crisis makes the half-measures & failed 'market mechanisms' of the mainstream more “unrealistic” than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal."