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Labor History: A Key to Making Bad Jobs Better

By Rebecca Lurie

This summer, the Pinkerton Foundation released a new paper called “Make Bad Jobs Better: Forging a “Better Jobs” Strategy,” by Steven L. Dawson. Dawson argues that the tightening labor market and improving economy offer new opportunities for organizers, educators and workers to bargain harder and “make bad jobs better.” Here, Rebecca Lurie, Program Director for the Community and Worker Ownership Project at the Murphy Institute, responds:

This Pinkerton Paper sings my song! Words like dignity, agency, organizing, self-worth, stability, respect are music to my ears. When workforce development can build pathways to this we do much more than create one job placement at a time. We contribute to the work of building a more just society, rooted in self-actualization and empowerment. Continue reading Labor History: A Key to Making Bad Jobs Better

Can the Bay Area Tech Economy Embrace Equity Before It’s Too Late?

Featured photo credit: SEIU-USWW

By Chris Schildt, PolicyLink

This post originally appeared at New Economy Week 2015: From Austerity to Prosperity.

Uber recently purchased one of the largest office spaces in downtown Oakland, California, with plans to move3,000 of its workers there by 2017. For a city facing a housing crisis and rapid displacement of Black families and low-income communities, many fear this act will accelerate gentrification pressures. It has also led to some cautious optimism for an opportunity to make Oakland a leader in what Mayor Libby Schaaf has called techquity: “fostering our local technology sector’s growth so it leads to shared prosperity.”

Tech companies can play a role in advancing an equitable economy, but they will first have to confront a deeply inequitable status quo. The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the highest levels of inequality of any region in the country, and it is growing at an alarming pace. Unequal access to business and job opportunities have deepened racial economic gaps – Black and Latino workers earn a median wage that is $10 an hour less than White workers in the Bay Area, and these racial inequities exist across all education levels. The tech-driven “innovation economy” can reverse these trends. But to understand how, it’s important to examine how the innovation economy works. Continue reading Can the Bay Area Tech Economy Embrace Equity Before It’s Too Late?

Organizer with ACLU-NJ

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is hiring an Organizer dedicated primarily to coordinating and implementing the organization’s campaign to reform policing practices in Newark, Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP). In addition, the Organizer may also work on other priority ACLU-NJ issues. The position is full time and reports to the Public Policy Director.

Founded in 1960, the ACLU of New Jersey is the state’s leading organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. Whether in the courts, legislatures, or in communities, the ACLU-NJ fights on a daily basis for criminal justice reform, free speech, racial justice, privacy, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, due process, LGBT rights, drug law reform and voting rights. With tens of thousands of members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU-NJ works in every corner of our state to defend the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

The ACLU-NJ is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Our staff consists of 16 full-time staff members plus a number of regular in-office volunteers and interns.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Newark communities have struggled with issues of police misconduct and a lack of transparency and accountability since the 1960s. Whether by unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices, excessive force or a broken internal discipline system, the Newark Police Department (NPD) has routinely violated the rights of the residents they are sworn to serve and protect. The NPD has also failed to hold itself accountable for this misconduct and abuse. As a consequence, community safety pays the price.

Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP) is a movement to build a respectful, accountable, and transparent Newark Police Department. N-CAP works for reforms that promote community safety and lead to community policing practices that uphold and respect the human and constitutional rights of all Newarkers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Devising and implementing advocacy strategies to accomplish the Newark policing reform campaign goals;
  • Organizing and conducting public engagement events, including forums, panels, rallies, trainings, lobby visits, public hearings, and other public presentations;
  • Building, facilitating, and overseeing day-to-day administrative support of the N-CAP coalition;
  • Conducting know-your-rights trainings for youth and community groups;
  • Recruiting, training, and managing an active community volunteer and mobilization program to support the campaign goals;
  • Lobbying local lawmakers;
  • Representing the ACLU-NJ and N-CAP at coalition and organizing meetings;
  • Drafting content for ACLU-NJ and N-CAP websites, as well as social media, fact sheets, e-mails, reports, training materials, and other advocacy materials;
  • Conducting research and staying up-to-date on developments in police accountability news, policy, and the national reform movement;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in organizing or social justice advocacy; experience working in/building coalitions preferred;
  • Demonstrated passion for racial justice and police accountability work;
  • Demonstrated experience designing or managing issue-based or political campaigns;
  • Familiarity with Newark communities and politics preferred
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, and to recruit and motivate volunteers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Experience using social media as an advocacy tool;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
  • Outgoing personality and sense of humor;
  • Proficiency with MS Office and popular social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Ability to sometimes work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to travel within the state, and a valid driver’s license;
  • Proficiency in Spanish (preferred but not required).

JOB DESCRIPTION

A full and printable job description is available here. (PDF)

COMPENSATION

The ACLU-NJ offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-NJ compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

TO APPLY

To apply, complete the form below. Application materials sent via postal mail, e-mail or fax will not be accepted. No calls please. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status.

Faculty Position in Labor Education at Penn State

The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Lecturer rank. The position will be a twelve-month appointment and will include a three-year renewable contract. Start date is negotiable. The School of LER is committed to providing union members and leaders with opportunities to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, both online and through traditional resident instruction. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help the School aggressively move forward in this area.

The position will include some combination of responsibilities in several areas related to the School’s labor education mission. Among these are: promoting the School’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to unions and union members; developing experiential learning assessment policies and practices for the School; working with union apprenticeship programs to develop pathways to Penn State’s online degree programs; working with community colleges to facilitate the transfer of credits to Penn State degree programs through articulation agreements and transfer guides; teaching in Penn State’s online degree program; and planning, administering, and teaching non-credit labor education programs.

Candidates should have experience working with unions on labor education programs and some expertise in the area of experiential learning assessment and a general understanding of best practices and trends in the field. Candidates should also be able to teach in the School’s undergraduate Labor and Employment Relations degree program. Applicants should possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is a multidisciplinary program with large residential and online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, strong research programs, and growing outreach initiatives.

Candidates must electronically submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita. All candidates should request letters from three references to be sent directly to Trisha Everhart, pxm205@psu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Labor & the Climate Justice Movement at Murphy

On Friday, Oct 31st, the New Labor Forum hosted Bill McKibben, Jill Furillo, Chris Erikson, Estela Vazquez and Sean Sweeney to discuss labor and the climate justice movement. Check out some of the conversation here:

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Want more from the New Labor Forum? Come to one of our upcoming events.

The next Labor and Policy Forum will be held on November 14th. Look forward to a discussion about the 2014 Midterm Elections, featuring Ed Ott, Sarah Jaffe, Juan Gonzalez Errol Louis and Michael Hirsch.

Developers and Labor Face Off at City Planning Commission Hearing

Labor and the city came together yesterday when the Astoria Cove development came up for public hearing at the NYC Department of City Council as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). For those unfamiliar with the proposed development, Astoria Cove is Alma Realty’s 30-years-in-the-making development, with plans to build five mixed-use buildings in Hallets Point for a total of approximately 1,700 apartments, along with a bevy of retail stores — and it hasn’t been finding many allies.
Continue reading Developers and Labor Face Off at City Planning Commission Hearing