This month, DC37’s Public Employee Press features an article by Mike Lee on current Murphy Institute students Andra Maria Cojoc, Jerome B. Lane Jr., Jeffrey Wilson and Sheryl Calderon, all recipients of the Charles S. Ensley Scholarship. The article, entitled Local 371 celebrates 1965 welfare strikers, honors Ensley, recognizes the award recipients and describes the important role Charles Ensley played in the labor movement:
The impact of this victorious 28-day strike was far reaching: It set the stage for the massive growth of the public sector unions, especially DC 37’s parent union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and it reformed labor-city relations, establishing the framework for creating what later became the Office of Collective Bargaining.
The article is available in full here.
This past Sunday, Murphy’s ALR China team was honored by the IBEW Local 3 Asian American Cultural Society. There were 400 attendees at this annual dinner-dance in Flushing and a troupe of Chinese dragon dancers added to the festivities celebrating the Year of the Ram.
The plaque awarded to the China Project read, in part “IBEW Takes Great Pride in Recognizing Your Efforts in Broadening and Strengthening Communications and Exchanges Between Chinese and US Universities and Unions.”
By Stephanie Luce
Ai-jen Poo, the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, was selected for the prestigious 2014 Macarthur “Genius” Fellowship. The Murphy Institute has been a long-time admirer of Ai-jen’s work, including her efforts to help win the passage of the New York State Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010. Last year, Ai-jen was one of six recipients of the Murphy Institute’s Emerging Leaders Award. Ai-jen also serves on the advisory board of the New Labor Forum, and she is the author of the New Labor Forum article, “A Twenty-First Century Organizing Model: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign,” which appeared in February 2011. We are thrilled that the Macarthur committee recognized Ai-jen’s brilliance and the importance of her work. Continue reading Congratulations to Ai-jen Poo!