November 23, 2012
By Stephanie Luce, Labor Studies Interim Academic Director
The Murphy Institute at Queens College is pleased to invite you to a forum on "Recover and Rebuild: Labor Speaks out after Sandy," co-sponsored by the Murphy Institute and the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street. The forum will be held on Friday December 7th, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY.
Hurricane Sandy wrecked public infrastructure across large parts of New York and New Jersey; people lost their homes, their communities and even their lives. The storm's devastation also highlighted the vital role of the city's unionized workforce: from nurses who safely evacuated hospitals to transit workers that brought subway lines back to life to the police and firefighters who worked around the clock to assist those in need.
Weeks later, thousands of people remain displaced, while officials debate the 'value' of rebuilding their neighborhoods, and seem ready to undercut unionized labor. It is crucial that as the recovery continues, we don't allow city leaders to use the disaster as a chance to gentrify, further displace and disenfranchise the poor, or to privatize valued public services. While the storm exposed the rampant inequalities in and around the city, it has also given us an opportunity to find new ways to work together.
Kevin Harrington , Vice President of Rapid Transit Operations, Transport Workers Union Local 100
Nastaran Mohit , Occupy Sandy and the Laundry Workers Center
A representative from the New York State Nurses Association
Moderated by Amy Muldoon , member of Communications Workers of America Local 1106
We hope you will join us in opening up this important discussion. Please RSVP to Eloiza Morales, at 212-642-2029 or Eloiza.firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to seeing you.