New York State Labor History Prizes

The New York State Labor History Association is proud to announce that the 2017 Bernard Bellush Prize is being awarded to Luke Elliot-Negri for his essay, “Wall to Wall: Industrial Unionism at the City University of New York, 1972-2017,” and to Marc Kagan, for his essay, “An Early Challenge to the Age of Austerity and Inequality: Re-Examining New York City’s 1980 Transit Strike from the Bottom Up.” Both essays were very thoroughly researched and well-written. Both Elliot Negri and Kagan are doctoral students at the City University of New York and are active in the Professional Staff Congress, the union which represents full and part-time faculty, professional staff, and graduate student-workers at CUNY.

An abstract of these essays will be posted on the NYLHA website.



To recognize serious study in labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best research paper written during the previous academic year. Wertheimer was a leading labor educator and scholar.



The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding scholarship by graduate students in labor and work history. Please do not submit a full dissertation. The Bellush Prize honors the contribution to labor history made by Bernie Bellush, as a scholar and as an activist.

Both the Bellush and Wertheimer Prize provide an award of $250 for the best research paper written during the 2017-2018 academic year. An abstract of each paper will be posted on the NYLHA website. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their work. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit.

Entrants should send (email acceptable) one copy of their paper to:

Brian Greenberg

18 Borden Street

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702



The deadline is June 15, 2018.

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