Due to public safety measures related to the Coronavirus, all in-person events at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) have been suspended through at least April 19, 2020.
Planning is underway to hold some upcoming programs – including Organizing 2.0
– as live-streamed web conferences, with all speakers and attendees participating remotely.
Please stay tuned for further information about the ongoing suspension of in-person events, as well as plans for live streams and web conferences. We will send you email updates, as well as add the latest information to the SLU website
and to social media.
We hope that you and your family stay safe and be well during this public health crisis.
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On January 28th, following 10 months of failed negotiations, nearly 8,000 employees of Swedish Health Services, all members of SEIU 1199 Northwest—a union representing more than 30,000 nurses and healthcare workers throughout Washington State and Montana—walked out on a three-day strike. Right there on the picket lines with them was SLU alumna Mia Ragozino.
Ragozino, who earned her Masters in Labor Studies in 2019, recently joined SEIU 1199NW as an organizer. “SEIU 1199 was a good fit for me,” said Mia. “It’s an organizing union with a racial justice lens and a concernfor workers’ safety.” She said the strike was a last resort in the union’s fight for not just fair compensation, but for adequate staffing and patient safety. “Since corporate giant Providence took over the Swedish healthcare system, management has prioritized profits and executive pay over patients’ needs and workers’ rights.” She noted that three presidential candidates had tweeted in support of the walk-out, including Senators Sanders, Warren, and Pete Buttigieg.
Mia says her learning experiences at SLU prepared her well for her current role. “SLU prioritizes the education of people and workers of color. And learning about the history of the labor movement was a huge eye-opener for me.” After SLU, Mia attended Cornell ILR’s summer institute for strategic corporate research. While there, she learned about the job with SEIU 1199NW.
Mia credits Professor Stephanie Luce with not only inspiring her, but for recommending her for the position in Seattle. “She was a role model for me,” said Mia, “and she helped me get started in the career I always wanted to pursue. It all came together at SLU.”
Professor Luce returned the compliment: “It was a joy to have Mia as a student,” she said. “Her energy and passion for social justice inspired other students as well as me. Given her sharp mind and research skills, SEIU 1199NW is lucky to have her!”
Read more about the SEIU 1199 healthcare workers’ strike here.
This week, Deepak Bhargava joins The Great Battlefield podcast to talk about his career in politics and organizing, from running Center for Community Change to being a professor here at CUNY SLU, and an talk about an important article he’s writing on how Democrats should govern once they regain power. Take a listen here!
We are currently recruiting applicants for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor , designed to bring woman and people of color to leadership roles in the labor movement and in the filed of Labor Studies. Scholarship recipients will receive full tuition for the M.A. in Labor Studies or B.A. in Urban and Community Studies (Labor concentration) programs.
- Are passionate about labor rights and social change
- Have a strong academic background
- Possess leadership skills or leadership potential
- Will complete Part I of the application by March 3, 2020
What Students Learn
Students in the M.A. in Labor Studies
program develop critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills, while learning: labor law, history, practical skills, and contemporary challenges facing labor. The program is designed to support working adults or full-time students. The B.A. in Urban and Community Studies
(labor concentration) curriculum examines policies and governance processes that affect diverse urban working-class communities. B.A. applicants must have completed 60 college credits.
Please share this flyer with your networks.
Applicants must first apply to the M.A. in Labor Studies or the B.A. in Urban and Community Studies program by March 3, 2020. Contact Laurie.Kellogg@slu.cuny.edu
or 718-440-1550 (day, evening or weekend) for information and tips on writing a successful application.
Diversity Scholarship applications must be received by March 24, 2020.
For more information:
Call us at (646) 313-8514
Visit us at slu.cuny.edu
In New York and California, museums are getting unionized. And if organizers have anything to say about it, this is a trend that’s going to spread. Last month, SLU alum and IUOE Local 30 Director of Special Projects Andres Puerta went on Museum Confidential to discuss the recent wave — and where we might go from here. Check it out.
Photo by Dave Nakayama via flickr (cc-by)
On January 23rd, SSEU Local 371 bestowed its Charles S. Ensley Awards on NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a long-time supporter of SLU, Arthur Cheliotes, Chair of SLU’s Labor Advisory Board, and our own Dean Gregory Mantsios.
The “Mighty Mighty Union” holds this annual gala to fund-raise for the Charles S. Ensley Scholarship Foundation, named for the late president of SSEU 371. The Foundation awards $3,500 scholarships each year to union members seeking to further their education so that they can become more skilled, knowledgeable activists in the labor movement. On January 23rd, seven individuals received scholarships to attend SLU and pursue certificates, advanced certificates, or a master’s degree in Labor Studies.
Along with his daughter Andrea, Associate Deans Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers and Burt Sacks and a number of enthusiastic SLU staff were on hand to salute Dean Mantsios.