Bernhardt Award Event – Oct. 13

New York Labor History Association presents:


Join us for the award presentation and a discussion about using history to understand workers’ stories with historian Kimberly Phillips-Fein (NYU), and investigative journalists Juan Gonzalez (Democracy Now!),  and Tom Robbins (CUNY)

Thursday October 13, 2016   6-8pm

Tamiment Library / Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
10th Floor, 70 Washington Square South, Bobst Library, NYU
RSVP recommended, e-mail
with guest names & title of event.

This NYLHA award is co-sponsored by LaborArts / Metro New York Labor Communications Council / the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO / and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.

More information at Bernhardt Award; or 212 966-4014 x1703

Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize CALL FOR ENTRIES

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The New York Labor History Association is pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the Second Annual Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The deadline is Thursday September 1, 2016 – details are at .

The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.

Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education, and also workers’ organizations and unions) that include historical context are both welcome.

The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication and/OR by an independent/free-lance journalist.

By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations. The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.Dear friends and colleagues,

The winner will be announced at the Tamiment Library on Thursday October 13, 2016, during a forum about the history of labor journalism.

We are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.

TO ENTER send an e-mail before Thursday September 1, 2016 to with the following information:
Author name
title of article
name of publication
URL link to publication if available
date and place of publication
URL link for article if available.

IF the entry originally appeared in print,send the above mentioned e-mail and also mail six print copies of the article (with a cover sheet) to Labor Arts, 7th Floor, 25 Broadway, New York, NY  10004.

The work should be published between September 1, 2015 and August 30, 2016.

Only one entry per person; publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada; neither books nor plays are eligible.

If you have any questions about the prize please email or call  212-966-4014 ext. 1703.

Ex-SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon Confirmed for NY Labor Post

Former SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon has been confirmed as labor commissioner for the  state of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo selected Reardon for the post in September as his commissioner of labor, taking over for Mario Musolino. The State Senate confirmed Reardon on Wednesday. “My highest

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Metro Convention Highlights

Metro held its 41st Convention last Friday, May 6th.

The convention was opened by NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, below being introduced by Carl Ginsburg, NYSNA Communications Director.


JamesLetitia James addressing the issue of a changing work place.

A panel on the gig economy followed. (L to R) Moderator, Bob Hennelly; Katie Unger, Michelle Chen and Mauricio Niebla.


Hamilton Nolan was honored as the Labor Communicator of the Year for his work in organizing the staff at Gwaker.


Trisha Arnold, NYC public school teacher and UFT member was given our highest competative award, the Mary Heaton Vorse award for a video she made of teachers talking about their connection with their students. Here she is receiving her award from Metro Secretary Marie Smith (Council of School Supervisors and Administrators).


The event ended with an engaging presentation by new Metro Co-Chair, Liz McKenna (NYC District Council of Carpenters) on using your smartphone as a communicating tool.

Thanks to Dave Sanders and NYSNA for the great photos.

Uber, Taxis, Independent Contractors, and Unions | Portside

Many taxi drivers love the entrepreneurial nature of the work but they still want and need security and protection. Recent developments of the gig economy in the states of Washington and California are breakthrough moments for the potential to organize workers against companies like Uber. We can’t wait for the courts to figure out the gig economy: we have to be organizing now, despite the challenges.

Source: Uber, Taxis, Independent Contractors, and Unions | Portside