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The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize 2019

The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $500 given to an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.  Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome.  The work should be published — in print or online — between August 1, 2018 and August 25, 2019.  The deadline for the 2018-2019 contest is August 25, 2019.

 

The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy.   Only one entry per person; publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada; neither books nor plays are eligible.

 

TO ENTER send an e-mail before midnight on Sunday August 25, 2019 to info@laborarts.org with the following information: author name; title of article; name of publication; date and place of publication; url link for article (if available); if no link is available attach a pdf of the article and of the front page of the publication.

 

The New York Labor History Association sponsors this award in order to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.  The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC  Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.  The contest committee is: Irwin Yellowitz, NYLHA; Rachel Bernstein, LaborArts; Gary Schoichet, Metro; Kate Whalen, NYC CLC; and Michael Koncewicz, Tamiment.

 

We are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.  The LaborArts project is dedicated to Bernhardt, and the online exhibit “Making History Personal” explores her work.

 

Toni GIlpin received the 2017-18 Award for “A Louisville Union Built Its Strength as Blacks, Whites Took on International Harvester,” in Louisville Weekly,August 30, 2017.  She received the prize at the Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum on October 16, 2018 – “2018 – The Year of the Teachers Strikes” with investigative journalists Micah Uetricht (Jacobin, In These Times) and Tom Robbins (CUNY).

 

Garret Keizer was the 2016-17 Award winner for his article “Labor’s Schoolhouse – Lessons from the Paterson SIlk Strike of 1913,” in Harper’s Magazine, July 2017.   The prize was awarded at the Third Annual Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum on Thursday October 12, 2017 at Tamiment Library, with investigative journalists and labor activists Ginger Adams Otis(NY Daily News);  Michelle Chen (The Nation); and Ed Ott (CUNY) participating.

 

The 2015-2016 winner was Chloe Kent, for her article “The Women of New York’s Bravest” in Enchantress magazine, May 2016.  The award was announced at a forum at NYU’s Tamiment Library on October 13, 2016.  Columnist and broadcast journalist Juan Gonzalez joined historian Kimberly Phillips-Fein for a discussion about using history to improve reporting on current labor issues, with Tom Robbins returning as moderator; Jon Bloom spoke about Bernhardt.

 

The 2014-2015 prize was awarded on October 15, 2015 to David Kameras and Emily Harris for their May, 2014 article in the United Mine Workers Journal:  “From Tragedy to Triumph – 100 Years Later, Workers Benefit from Ludlow’s Legacy.”  The presentation was held at NYU’s Tamiment Library, following a program moderated by Tom Robbins, Investigative Journalist in Residence, Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY; with panelists Esther Kaplan, Editor, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; and Richard Steier, Editor, The Chief-Leader; Alex Bloom spoke about Bernhardt.

New Labor Forum Highlights: June 10th, 2019

The New Labor Forum has 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 some highlights from the latest edition below.

In the current issue of New Labor Forum , columnist Sarah Jaffe covers a very bright spot in the contemporary labor movement: the impressive union organizing taking place at digital media outlets around the country. Beginning in 2010 with Truthout, the first digital newsroom to organize, then since 2015, a wave of unionization has taken place at outlets that include: Gawker, The Onion, The Dodo, Gizmodo Media Group, HuffPost, Mic.com, Thrillist, Mic, Jacobin, Fast Company, The Onion, BuzzFeed, Vox Media, Slate, Salon, the Intercept, MTV News, and the fashion site Refinery29.

Campaigns with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been led largely by millenials and, as Steven Greenhouse reports in an article in NiemanLab included here, have focused on raising abysmal starting wages, improving benefits packages, and protecting workers from the precarity that characterizes the industry. And according to TeenVogue columnist Kim Kelly − who figures in Jaffe’s and Greenhouse’s reporting and spoke at a CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies forum – collective bargaining at these media outlets has also begun to make strides toward improving workplace culture and bringing about “the world we think we want.” New digital media union members continue to experiment with their own feisty and innovative organizing to secure labor contracts. For instance, just last Thursday at Vox Media, approximately 300 workers stayed out of work to pressure the company to settle a contract that’s been in negotiation since April of last year. The dearth of fresh content to post left the company high and dry for the day and seems likely to spur a settlement.

Table of Contents
  1. The Labor Movement Comes to Virtual Reality: Unionizing Digital Media/ Sarah Jaffe,New Labor Forum
  2. Why are digital newsrooms unionizing now?/ Steven Greenhouse, Nieman Lab
  3. The Next Generation: Young Workers Building Movements/ The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Photo by lizsmith via flickr (cc-by-nc-nd)

The Working World Seeks Associate Project Officer (NYC)

The Working World is a nonprofit CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) that builds cooperative businesses using a groundbreaking model that combines non-extractive finance with tailor-made technical support. We put finance into the hands of working people without making them put down collateral or take a debt burden that could threaten their well-being. We do this by promoting a more inclusive form of ownership — businesses that are collectively run and owned by their workers — and by tying loan returns to project success, acting as a partner to ensure stability and sustainability.

In the last fifteen years, we have lent over $16 million to more than 300 worker cooperatives in Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States, resulting in growing businesses, jobs created, more workers in positions of ownership, and real community wealth building. Our goals are idealistic, but our methods are practical — our team has experience in business strategy, community economic development, and finance, and we work for concrete results with maximum impact. We support sustainability and autonomy in communities that have been most impacted by the extractive economy, de-industrialization and systemic discrimination, paving the way for a new, democratic and sustainable economy in NYC and beyond.

The Position

We’re looking for someone deeply committed to social and economic justice, with some basic knowledge of business development. Business- and/or social justice-related academic or extracurricular work is a plus, especially as it shows commitment to community economic development and familiarity with the day-to-day work involved. Associate Project Officers will have to learn and apply basic cooperative business concepts as they collaborate with worker-owners to develop and implement business plans. Candidates must have exceptional social skills, a deep desire to learn about cooperative business, and be eager to engage deeply with the businesses and workers that we support.

We are looking for people who are equally idealistic and practical, and who are open and eager to learn The Working World’s lending methodology and approach. Candidates must also be organized self-starters and have the patience and drive to work toward longer-term goals.

Ideally, we are looking for candidates from or with extensive experience in the different communities we work with, particularly African-American, Latinx, and/or immigrant communities.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support in the coordination and facilitation of weekly meetings with cooperatives and worker-owners both on- and off-site, sometimes outside of regular work hours
  • Support Senior Project Officers in research and financial analyses to prepare new investments and business plans
  • Measure progress on business goals and problem-solve with cooperatives, assisting with key business functions when necessary
  • Develop weekly progress reports and participate in team troubleshooting meetings
  • Help organize and facilitate community events and cooperative business workshops

Key Qualifications:

  • B.A., or equivalent experience
  • Strong interest in economic justice and cooperative development
  • Some work or volunteer experience in economic justice, community development, business and entrepreneurship, public administration, and/or community organizing
  • Experience working in African-American, Latino and/or immigrant communities and with women entrepreneurs
  • Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
  • Business development knowledge, including feasibility studies, project planning, and financial projections, a plus
  • Experience with community organizing a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

The Working World is committed to a diverse staff team and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Staff are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with federal and state law.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish proficiency preferred

How To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to jobs@theworkingworld.org. Be sure to include “Associate Project Officer” in the subject line of the email.

While The Working World will endeavor to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.

The Working World Seeks Senior Project Officer (NYC)

The Working World is a nonprofit CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) that builds cooperative businesses using a groundbreaking model that combines non-extractive finance with tailor-made technical support. We put finance into the hands of working people without making them put down collateral or take a debt burden that could threaten their wellbeing. We do this by promoting a more inclusive form of ownership — businesses that are collectively run and owned by their workers — and by tying loan returns to project success, acting as a partner to ensure stability and sustainability.

In the last fifteen years, we have lent over $16 million to more than 300 worker cooperatives in Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States, resulting in growing businesses, jobs created, more workers in positions of ownership, and real community wealth building. Our goals are idealistic, but our methods are practical – our team has experience in business strategy, community economic development, and finance, and we work for concrete results with maximum impact. We support sustainability and autonomy in communities that have been most impacted by the extractive economy, de-industrialization and systemic discrimination, paving the way for a new, democratic and sustainable economy in NYC and beyond.

The Position

This position is for someone with relevant professional experience working in business, finance and/or economic development in marginalized communities. This experience could include relevant academic work in Master’s programs and/or significant professional experience working as an economic development practitioner, educator, community organizer, or related role in working-class and/or historically marginalized communities. Candidates must be passionately committed to economic justice and eager to engage deeply with the businesses we support.

We are looking for people who are equally idealistic and practical and who are open and eager to learn The Working World’s lending methodology. Candidates must also be organized self-starters and have the patience and drive to work toward longer-term goals.

Ideally, we are looking for candidates from or with extensive experience in the different communities where we work, particularly African-American, Latinx, and/or immigrant communities.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly meetings with cooperatives and worker-owners both on- and off-site, sometimes outside of regular work hours
  • Lead research and financial analyses to prepare new investments and business plans
  • Measure progress on business goals and problem-solve with cooperatives, assisting with key business functions when necessary
  • Develop weekly progress reports and participate in team troubleshooting meetings
  • Help Junior staff prepare for meetings and navigate business challenges
  • Lead community events and cooperative business workshops
  • Partner with organizational and government affiliates
  • Contribute to organizational strategic planning and growth

Key Qualifications:

  • Significant post-undergraduate experience in Economic Development, Business, Public Administration, Community Organizing, or other related field. Experience could be in the form of further education, such as a Master’s degree, or relevant professional work
  • Business development knowledge, including feasibility studies, project planning, and financial projections
  • Strong interest and/or background in cooperative development and economic justice
  • Experience working in African-American, Latino and/or immigrant communities and with women entrepreneurs
  • Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
  • Experience with community organizing a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

The Working World is committed to a diverse staff team and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Staff are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with federal and state law.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish proficiency preferred

How To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to jobs@theworkingworld.org. Be sure to include “Senior Project Officer” in the subject line of the email.

While The Working World will endeavor to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.

Churches United For Fair Housing, Inc. Seeks Bi-Lingual Constituent Services Specialist (NYC)

Salary: At least $40,000, Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

About CUFFH

Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH) is a grassroots organization that works towards community empowerment through community organizing, youth engagement, and by providing sophisticated social services. CUFFH organizes towards preserving and creating vibrant communities that are not exclusive and are really affordable to working families in New York City. CUFFH programs serve the extremely low-income and immigrant families that are threatened by displacement and lack of affordable housing options city-wide.

Position Summary

The Constituent Services Specialist will help carry out our year-round service programs which include affordable and fair housing workshops, tenant and immigrant know-your-rights workshops and referral programs to other resources and services through the CUFFH Network. This position provides affordable housing information to large groups of our constituents, as well as works closely with individuals in a one-on-one setting to provide personalized assessment, counseling and assistance.

Essential Responsibilities Include

  • Facilitate fair housing, affordable housing, financial empowerment and know-your-rights outreach and workshops across our Network
  • Provide CUFFH weekly services at multiple locations across our member churches and larger Network in Brooklyn
  • Coordinate all logistics for housing workshops and other events
  • Perform door-to-door outreach and canvassing to inform and engage community members to attend workshops and events
  • Represent CUFFH priorities at coalition meetings and in local/citywide initiatives, including participating as an HPD Housing Ambassador
  • Help develop an individual work plan and annual goals

Qualifications

  • A deep passion for social justice and community service provision
  • 2+ years of direct service, intake or relevant experience
  • Strong organizing, planning, meeting/workshop facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly working with people in crisis
  • Experience and interest in taking ownership of social media accounts
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Must be reliable, on time and responsive to communication
  • Strong writing and communication skills in both English and Spanish
  • Basic computer skills, including Google G Suite
  • Good teamwork skills, high energy and a positive attitude

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Professional

Benefits

CUFFH provides a laptop and cell phone and a generous and flexible PTO package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual: Fluency in Spanish & English is required for this position.

How To Apply

hr@cuffh.org

http://www.cuffh.org

CUFFH is a non-religious organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity to apply.

Email your resume and cover letter to HR@cuffh.org with the subject line: Constituent Services Specialist. No phone calls will be accepted.

Location

7 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11206

 

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