The delegates unanimously ratified the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council recommended resolution calling on state officials to establish a new school for labor and urban studies within the City University of New York (CUNY) at the federation’s 32nd Constitutional Convention on Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Graduates of the CUNY Murphy Institute MA in Labor Studies program spoke passionately about the value their experience at Murphy has had in their lives and careers.
As envisioned, the new school, an outgrowth of CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, will prepare the next generation of union and community leaders, while providing a wide range of educational opportunities for workers in general.
With a focus on issues confronting today’s workforce and working class communities, the new school will offer courses in such topics as labor relations, public policy, labor law, politics, and economics. In addition, the school will work with CUNY colleges to establish academic programs in a range of other fields, providing the education and credentials workers need for career advancement.
“We’re looking to strengthen labor in an era when corporations are willing to spend limitless money and resources to try and weaken it,” said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “We need to educate our members and the general public about workers’ rights and the role of unions in defending them: it’s time for a school for labor.”
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Check out the labor classes available at the CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. There is a joint CUNY/Cornell Certificate in Employee Labor Relations program, and undergraduate Union Semester program and the MA in Labor Studies program that I finished in June 2011 . See the info at: http://www.workered.org/