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2020 Student Labor Journalism Award

The New York Metro labor Communications Council is offering a
$500 prize for work by undergraduate and graduate students on the theme:

“The 2020 Elections and My Life/My Community”

The country is about to elect a president in November; additional state and local elections will take place. How will this impact your life and/or the life of your community/communities. What issues are most important to you and are candidates talking about them? You are encouraged to write or make a short video or audio recording about the impact of these elections on you—as a student, a worker, and that of your family or community.

The prize is given to the student whose work touches our emotions and/or brings insight to this issue. The prize will be awarded for a written article of approximately 1200 words, or for a video or audio report of two to six minutes. The topic is wide open for you to explore.

Application Deadline: May 4, 2020

Established in 1974, the Metro New York Labor Communications Council (Metro) includes union communications professionals, who work for the city’s public and private-sector unions and other organizations representing working people. They are editors and reporters, photographers and graphic designers, broadcast producers and public relations specialists. Metro provides a forum to discuss pressing issues in the labor movement, and shares ideas on how labor communicators can tell the story of working people.

Please include your name and the school you are attending.
Students do not need to be journalism majors.
Send entries to:
Margarita Aguilar
341 West 24 Street, #5D, New York, NY 10011

or email it to: metrolabornyc@gmail.org

For more information and to apply, please contact:Margarita Aguilar: 212-982-0574 or metrolabornyc@gmail.org

Photo by Marcie Casas via flickr (cc-by)

Spring 2019 MA Scholarship Application Now Open (Deadline: 12/18)

The Murphy Institute is offering a small number of tuition-only scholarships for Spring 2019 to both newly-admitted and continuing MA students in Urban Studies and Labor Studies. Students must re-apply each semester to be considered for a scholarship for the next term. (Scholarships and amounts may vary from semester to semester depending on the availability of funds and/or enrollment status.)

Applications are open until 11:59pm on July 12th, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program Seeks 2 Americorps Vistas

In participation with the first-year Resilience AmeriCorps pilot, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is engaging two AmeriCorps VISTA members in ongoing recovery initiatives, with particular focus on the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program. The NYRCR Program is a participatory recovery initiative established to provide assistance to 124 communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, by directly engaging local stakeholders in a bottom-up approach to rebuilding communities in a resilient manner. GOSR has allotted more than $700 million in federal funds to support the planning and implementation of community-developed projects, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations in these impacted communities.

To begin February, 2016, GOSR Resilience AmeriCorps members will assist in the implementation of recovery and resiliency projects proposed by NYRCR communities, through research, assessment, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Applications should be submitted by January 8, 2016. Learn more about the positions available and apply here:

About GOSR: Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates Statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure programs, more than $4 billion made available through the HUD CDBG-DR Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events. More information about the GOSR and its programs is available online at http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/.

About AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

About the Resilience AmeriCorps pilot: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service, and country-wide municipalities to launch Resilience AmeriCorps, a pilot program that will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members. The 2-year pilot program responds to a recommendation made by the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Task Force) to assist vulnerable communities that lack the capacity to address climate-resilience planning and implementation. The AmeriCorps VISTA members will increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events.

LaborPress Seeks Freelance Journalists

LaborPress is seeking freelance journalists in the Tri-State area to work on a variety of projects. Background in covering labor, politics, and nonprofit issues is a plus. Compensation commensurate with experience and project.


More info:

Neal Tepel, Publisher
(646) 591-6484
420 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036,

Pratt Center for Community Development Seeks Program Director for Made in NYC

Made In NYC (MINYC), an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, was created to support a vibrant manufacturing sector in New York City. Local manufacturing creates employment opportunities for New York’s extraordinarily diverse workforce and gives the city much of its character and soul. Launched in 2001, MINYC assists manufacturing businesses in growing their companies, encourages New Yorkers to buy locally made products, and provides sourcing assistance for designers and manufacturers to purchase goods and fabricate designs locally. Close to 1,300 companies are listed on the MINYC website. MINYC’s recent achievements include:

• A new website launched in 2013 that features detailed profiles of member businesses as well as
information of interest to manufacturers and their advocates (see madeinnyc.org);
• Brand and logo redesign in 2013 that is widely used by members on products and websites;
• Growing membership currently comprising over 1300 manufacturers that represent all major industrial
and manufacturing sectors in NYC;
• Successful events with high-profile partners to raise awareness and support for local manufacturing, including website launch event with fashion designer Nanette Lepore and Factory Friday tours with Open House NY;
• Sourcing requests and successful matches that have driven sales to manufacturers;
• The development of an advisory board of manufacturers that have invested resources and time in program development;
• News blasts and other outreach featuring data and information about manufacturing businesses and trends.

With the generous support of the New York City Council, Pratt Center intends to dramatically increase awareness of manufacturing in NYC over the next several years. This will be accomplished through development of the MINYC brand, website, and related programmatic initiatives and educational activities, and by assisting companies in improving their marketing and capacity for growth.

Employment Opportunity
The Program Director (PD) now sought by Pratt Center will be responsible for the development and implementation of projects, events and activities that push MINYC towards these goals. Working collaboratively with a core group of Pratt Center senior staff (Director, Deputy Director, Development Director and Senior
Planner) as well as resources which might be available through Pratt Institute, the PD will pursue several directives pre-set by Pratt’s leadership team:

• Develop and implement MINYC’s Branding and Marketing approach in order to greatly expand public awareness of the brand, grow the number of members, and dramatically increase website visits among consumers and businesses;
• Expand the sourcing assistance, marketing and other services offered to MINYC members to enhance NYC manufacturing businesses and help them promote themselves, increase sales, and grow;
• Establish a framework for evaluating outcomes of these initiatives, including specific equity-related impacts;
• Develop a business plan for the growth of MINYC over the next 3 years, including exploration of a fee structure to generate revenue for the program.

The PD will be responsible for the planning and delivery of all MINYC activities, including marketing and communications activities, service provision, website maintenance and updates, growing the membership, and overseeing consultants who will develop marketing and business plans. The PD will coordinate MINYC’s efforts with other areas of Pratt Center’s programs, communications, fundraising, and program development.
This is a full time staff position, and while city funded initiatives are always contingent on approval of a Council appropriation each year, we expect successful completion of the scope of services will lead to renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Responsibilities:

• Strategic development of marketing and business plans for MINYC, including oversight of consultants, and implementation of a work plan to achieve goals;
• Plan and oversee the implementation of MINYC’s public relations and communications efforts;
• Oversee service delivery to MINYC members such as sourcing assistance, marketing design extension services (potentially with Pratt Institute faculty and students), and other services to be determined;
• Plan, develop and initiate marketing and promotional activities such as factory tours and other events;
• Collaborate with the Development Director and other staff in fundraising efforts for MINYC’s activities;
• Oversee day-to-day operations of the MINYC website, including news postings, updating member profiles, improving visuals, etc.
• Collaborate with Pratt Center staff on data analysis of MINYC members, research and analysis of manufacturing sectors and trends, and other efforts that support Pratt Center’s economic
development policy agenda;
• Work strategically with a diverse range of partners, especially business owners and workers, philanthropic foundations, elected officials, public agencies, trade associations, interested civic
organizations, and particularly with Local Development Corporations that manage Industrial Business Zones;
• Supervise a full time MINYC Program Associate (to be hired), Graduate Fellows and Interns;
• Work with faculty and staff of Pratt Institute in departments that have relevant courses such as graphic communications, packaging, video production, etc.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:
We seek a highly organized, media savvy, entrepreneurial self-starter with excellent people skills and an academic or professional background that is related to communications, marketing, public relations, and/or urban planning, economic development or urban manufacturing. The ideal candidate will have:

• Four + years of experience and demonstrated expertise in more than one of the disciplines relevant to MINYC’s goals and objectives: business strategy; entrepreneurship; marketing and communications; organizational development; public relations and media management; small business development; urban planning; and workforce/economic development, in positions of progressively increasing responsibility;
• Strong marketing and media relations interest, experience and skills;
• Community, political, and/or media organizing experience;
• The ability to work strategically, in both leadership and supportive roles, with a diverse range of partners;
• Excellent writing and public presentation skills;
• Experience with design and management of websites / digital platforms;
• Facility with relevant computer and social media applications;
• Event planning, fundraising, and personnel management experience;
• An outstanding work ethic, a collaborative spirit, and a good sense of humor.

Education Requirements:
Master’s degree in business administration, communications, marketing, public policy, urban planning, or another related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus five years of professional experience.

To Apply:
Applicants are to email a cover letter, resume, and sample of original work (writing or graphic design sample; media campaign sample; or other relevant original work) to info@prattcenter.net. Please put “MINYC Program Director” in the Subject of your email. (Note that applicants may be asked later to visit the Pratt Institute website to fill out a brief application.)

Applicants are to include an answer to the following question in their cover letter:
What social marketing or cause marketing campaign have you found to be particularly compelling and effective, and why? How might MINYC fit into or not fit into the cause marketing framework? Please note that incomplete submissions (i.e., without a cover letter, resume, work sample, or answer to the above question) will not be considered.

This position will remain open until filled.

Worker’s Justice Project Hiring Lead Organizer

See original posting here.

Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections, including labor and occupational health and safety standards; advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions; and educating immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights. WJP’s strategic plan guides our programmatic focus on: (1) organizing immigrant day laborers; (2) developing a worker’s center for day laborers and domestic workers; and (3) leading campaigns that advance immigrant workers’ rights.

Job Overview

The Lead Organizer will coordinate the activities of the Bay Parkway Community Job Center to advance economic and workplace justice for day laborers and immigrant construction workers in South Brooklyn (Bensonhurst). The main areas of focus will be coordinating the job placement program, building a stronger and larger membership base and supporting and organizing leadership development efforts for Center members. This position is based in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

The Lead Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  1. Developing and coordinating job placements, including creating a marketing plan to promote the Center and its members
  2. Managing the day-to-day operations of the center
  3. Building and strengthening relationships with homeowners, contractors, workers, unions, and other local organizations in the neighborhood
  4. Coordinating and organizing various on-site activities such as health and safety trainings, the Wage Theft Clinic, leadership trainings, and other initiatives such as press conferences, fundraising or cultural events
  5. Preparing weekly and monthly statistical reports in a timely manner
  6. Supporting membership growth and workers’ rights organizing
  7. Other duties as assigned by the Project Director

Skills and Qualifications

  1. Workforce development experience
  2. Experience in the field of construction
  3. Knowledge of and commitment to immigrant rights and social justice
  4. Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings
  5. Bilingual in written and spoken Spanish and English
  6. Workshop, training, or popular education experience
  7. Meeting facilitation experience
  8. Knowledge of computer operations including Mac, Windows, Word, Excel, etc.
  9. Driver’s License and Car preferred
  10. Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  11. Ability to prioritize and multitask, and work well under pressure
  12. Patience and courtesy
  13. Love of teamwork and a good team player

Compensation: Competetive salary and full benefits package

To apply, please send a resume with references and cover letter with your name, address, and telephone number to Worker’s Justice Project’s email info@workersjustice.org

Deadline: September 18th, 2015