New Labor Forum: A Journal of Ideas, Analysis and Debate

Advancing the Field of Labor Relations: A U.S.-China Exchange is only one of several projects coordinated through the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at The City University of New York (CUNY). Another is the award-winning national journal New Labor Forum. Published three times a year, New Labor Forum provides a place for labor and its allies to test and debate new ideas.

New Labor Forum was established in 1997 in the wake of the historic, contested elections at the AFL-CIO, seeking to make use of the space created by the ensuing rapprochement between labor leaders and intellectuals. During nearly two decades of publication, New Labor Forum has provoked debate and informed discussion on the most crucial challenges confronting workers, working-class communities and organized labor. 

Issues typically explored in its pages include the global economy’s impact on work and labor; new union organizing and political strategies; labor’s new constituencies and their relationship to organized labor’s traditional institutions; internal union reform and new structural models for the labor movement; alternative economic and social policies; and the role of culture in a new, revitalized labor movement. The journal’s core constituency consists of scholars, journalists, labor leaders and activists as well as community-based activists concerned with the “labor question” broadly conceived.

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